Representatives with the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens at Edmunds Park are seeking financial assistance from the town of South Boston to help operate and upgrade their Healthy Harvest Community Garden.
South Boston Town Council is set to review the funding request when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in council chambers on Yancey Street.
The garden, which is located at Edmunds Park in South Boston, has produced thousands of vegetables and fruits over the past four years that were distributed to local residents.
“To date, the one-third acre garden has provided almost 4,440 pounds of vegetables,” according to a letter by Bill McCaleb, master gardener coordinator with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, to South Boston Town Council.
Volunteers operate the garden, and they’d like to purchase a refrigerator for their greenhouse, upgrade fencing around the facility and continue their internship program with Halifax County youth.
Those with the community garden spent just under $10,000 in 2021 on their intern program, which brings in eight to 10 high school students who work 75 hours during the growing season for $600, and the salary of their supervisor.
Costs to purchase a refrigerator and supplies to extend electrical service from the well house to the greenhouse are estimated to be $3,355.40, as stated in McCaleb’s letter. He also said that number does not include labor costs.
“We are looking to get the installation done as a donation,” McCaleb’s letter says.
They also are in need of upgrades to their fencing, which was originally installed “without use of concrete around the base polls and no top rails to hold the fence firmly in varying weather conditions.”
Estimated costs for top rails are $496 plus insets at a cost of $58.74 and $114.72 for concrete to help upright the poles.
“The Healthy Harvest Garden, which is part of the Southern VA Botanical Gardens, will appreciate any consideration of supporting our three main goals. With the right guidance and the curriculum that is used, bright futures can be visualized and attained by these interns,” McCaleb said in his letter.
In addition to the funding request, council also plans to consider adopting an ordinance that enacts a new code for the town, which says “all ordinances of a general and permanent nature enacted on or before June 14, 2021, and not included in the code or recognized and continued in force by reference therein, are repealed.”
Council also is slated to honor Sgt. Mike McGregor on his retirement from the South Boston Police Department with a resolution and introduce new police officer Jeremy Eanes.
A citizen comment period also will be held.