Fifth Ward Community Garden Ribbon Cutting

ELKINS, WV (June 21, 2011)

Woodlands Development Group (WDG), the Center for Sustainability Studies (CSS) of Davis & Elkins College and Randolph County Community Gardens (RCCG) have opened the Fifth Ward Community Garden in Elkins, West Virginia.  Randolph County Community Gardens (RCCG) was formed in 2009 and has grown into a partnership amongst the Center for Sustainaibility Studies of Davis & Elkins College, The City of Elkins, The Kump Education Center, WV Dept. of Agriculture, WesMonTy Resource Development Project, WVU Extension Service, Randolph-Tucker Master Gardeners, Woodlands Development Group, and YouthBuild North Central. 

After their first successful garden, the Fourth Ward Garden, the RCCG created another garden in an economically challenged neighborhood. WDG has agreed to allow the RCCG to use the lot located at 116 Henry Avenue for the new community garden for at least two years. YouthBuild North Central provided the labor to build 12 raised bed plots, two tall raised beds for those with limited mobility, a two-room shed, a perimeter fence with two gates, and install two water spigots.

As of the official ribbon cutting on June 21st, all the plots in the garden had been spoken for by community members for the entire season, the majority being from within the Fifth Ward neighborhood of Elkins, including the Woodford Methodist Church.  The Reverend Bill Calhoun plans to offer the church’s harvest at the Common Grounds Café, a local soup kitchen housed at his church.  Thanks to generous grant from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture awarded to CSS, has also employed two garden interns who will assist the gardeners and maintain both gardens during the summer months. WDG has worked very closely with the Center for Sustainability Studies of Davis & Elkins College and the RCCG Committee to develop the 5th Ward Garden and is excited to be a part of the project.

For more information about the Fifth Ward Community Garden or the Randolph County Community Gardens contact Connie Townsend at 304-637-1309.