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In 2020, LEAP took over management of four community gardens that were formerly run by the Roanoke Community Garden Association. In 2021, LEAP was awarded funds through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) to upgrade infrastructure, provide tools, and organize a network of community gardeners. These upgrades have taken place throughout 2022 and will continue into 2023. This is an exciting time to be growing in Roanoke! LEAP welcomes everyone to its community spaces.

Garden registration for the 2022 growing season is now closed. All plots have been assigned.

Stay connected with LEAP during the winter season by taking part in any or all of the following gardens events:
(Events are scheduled on the third Saturday of the month, from 1-3 pm, at a variety of locations.)
See the What's New tab for more details.

- 12/17/22: Build a Bug Hotel, at the Community Room at the LEAP Kitchen, 1210 Patterson Ave. SW.
- 01/21/23: Get Fit for Gardners, at The Noke Training, 711 Salem Ave. SW.
- 02/18/23: Fruit Tree Pruning, at the Hurt Park Community Garden, 1718 Salem Ave. SW.
- 03/18/23: Seed Swap, at The LEAP Hub, 1027 Patterson Ave., SW.

Questions? Reach out to LEAP's Community Gardens Manager Hannah Patrick at: gardens@leapforlocalfood.org or 540-947-1589.

When registration re-opens in 2023, returning gardeners are able to register early. Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If your choice for garden location is not available, you can choose another location or receive a refund.

All 4’ x 10’ or 6’ x 12’ garden plots are $30 per year. This fee provides access to water, compost, tools, and seeds.Scholarships are available; please reach out if you need support covering the garden registration fee. Your registration is not complete until you’ve submitted both the form and payment for your garden plot (due two weeks after submitting the form).

If you have feedback, ideas, need a scholarship, are making an additional donation, or have a special circumstance, include a message in the comments section of the form.

You can pay by:
- Submitting at PayPal (@LEAPVA)
- Mailing a check, made payable to LEAP, to PO Box 3249, Roanoke VA 24015.
- Dropping off cash or check at the West End Farmers Market, 3-6 PM, at 1210 Patterson Avenue SW. LEAP's Market Manager, Connie Kenny, will accept your payment.

When you pay, consider making a donation to support LEAP's Community Gardens.

Over the course of 2022 and 2023, expect to see consistent improvements to our gardens. Some of these improvements will involve putting plastic tarps on the ground to eliminate Bermuda grass (wiregrass) from garden areas. This process requires taking sections out of operation over a two-year period. LEAP plans to be strategic about this process to ensure the maximum amount of garden space stays in production.

LEAP is also organizing a Roanoke Community Gardens Network to strengthen and uplift Roanoke-based gardening efforts  through education, outreach, and resource development. The network includes: Virginia Cooperative Extension, Roanoke Master Gardeners, One Valley (George Washington Carver Garden), Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization, The Harvest Collective, Garden Variety Harvests, Carilion Community Health and Outreach, The Giving Garden in Salem, Lick Run Farm, Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority, CommUnity Arts Reach, The Hope Center, and the Roanoke Tree Stewards.

Let us know if you'd like to get involved in the Roanoke Community Gardens Network.

Questions? Reach out to LEAP's Community Gardens Manager Hannah Patrick at gardens@leapforlocalfood.org or 540-947-1589.

If you'd like to volunteer in the gardens, fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we’ll follow up shortly.

As of November 2022, the Campbell Avenue Community Garden is no longer available to the public for renting plots.

Mountain View Community Garden
Mountain View Community Garden
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Hurt Park Community Garden
Hurt Park Community Garden
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Campbell Ave Community Garden
Morningside Community Garden
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Campbell Ave Community Garden
Campbell Avenue Community Garden
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