Gardens

The Giving Garden

Our garden has steadily been growing. In 2013 we started “The Giving Garden” at the Massad Family YMCA with a grant from The CarMax Cares Foundation. The garden was 30 ft. x 30 ft.,

wheelchair accessible, with raised beds, compost bins, and a garden shed. In 2014 the garden expanded to 60 ft. x 60 ft. More raised beds, more fencing and a small greenhouse were added thanks to donations from NextCare, discounts from Lowe’s, and donated time and resources from boy scout projects. In 2016 another scout project added garden benches, planting tables and a garden arbor. Espalier plum trees were also planted. During the 2017 season the fairy garden and raised herb beds were installed inside the garden as well as the Memorial Garden area beginning outside the fence. In 2018 espalier pear trees were planted as well as a fig tree in 2019. We grow a large variety of vegetables, many fruits and berries, herbs, and flowers.

The Giving Garden has been a big success. Our garden has promoted healthy eating and access to nutritious, organic foods while learning gardening skills and the stages of growing produce from seed to feed and back again in our youth programs and special needs volunteer program. Many families receiving financial assistance from the Y are able to eat healthy vegetables, fruits, berries, and herbs from our garden. When the garden is producing, we give away all our produce to The

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Stafford Junction, and at our, “Free Produce” table, on Fridays, from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM in the main lobby of the Massad Family YMCA.

If you would like to donate money, items or time to “The Giving Garden”:

Contact

Anysia Alhanati Special Needs Coordinator

Rappahannock Area YMCA, Inc. 212 Butler Rd. 22405 (540) 371-9622 ext. 1039 (540) 899-3694 fax aalhanati@family-ymca.org