Cedar Ridge to Get Community Garden

RA, other groups, teaming up to encourage sustainability for low-income housing neighborhood.

Residents of Reston's will soon have a community garden in which to grow their own produce.

The Board of Directors voted at its meeting on Thursday to install a 30' by 30' garden plot on on RA's common area between and Cedar Ridge.

RA will work with , Friends of Reston and Sustainable Reston to get the garden up and running for residents of Cedar Ridge, a low-income housing complex. Many Cedar Ridge residents are Reston Interfaith clients.

Installation of the plot will cost $5,770, says Larry Butler, RA's Director of Parks and Recreation. Friends of Reston will contribute $2,000 and RA will pay for the rest, he said. 

The plot was previously approved by RA's Design Review Board in March. There are existing water lines to the plot area, as there was a previous garden there about 15 years ago, Butler said.

Diane Blust, President of Sustainable Reston, said she is excited to get started on a project that will benefit Cedar Ridge residents and promote community sustainability.

“This is a way to show  you really care about everyone in the community," she said. "And the access to fresh, local food, this would be a way to give back to the whole Cedar Ridge community.”

Several Cedar Ridge residents attended the RA meeting and invited board members to visit - and eat from - the garden.

The garden will operate under a one-year garden plot license. If successful, it could expand in the future. Meanwhile, RA members on the waiting list for garden plots at existing community gardens at Lake Anne, Hunters Woods and Golf Course Island, say they are OK with waiting until there is an opening at one of those sites, Butler said.    

Karen Berry May 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Wonderful news! I would be happy to donate my excess seeds to the new gardeners to get the project up and running!
Karen Goff May 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
That's nice of you, Karen. I will send you an email offline with contact info for people at RA and Diane Blust of Sustainable Reston. I am sure they would like that.
Diane Blust May 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Sustainable Reston is so happy to be a part of this community endeavor. A big thanks goes out to our generous donors: Friends of Reston, Reston Community Center, the Reston Garden Club, Charles A. Veatch, Mary Brown and Steve Cerny, Reston Interfaith, Quantum Management, and Reston Association - and all the folks who have gotten in touch saying they are willing to help out with seedlings or in other ways. Your contributions to our community make Reston a very special place indeed! If you are interested in helping out, please get in touch with us at info@sustainablereston.org. And, please remember to join us at Nature House Friday, May 18 at 7 pm for the locally produced documentary "A Community of Gardeners". The film will be followed by a discussion about community gardens with two special Northern Virginia community gardeners. For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org . Free - all donations for this film will go to benefit the Cedar Ridge Community Garden.
Lucinda Shannon May 12, 2012 at 01:12 PM
This is really nice news. Thank you everyone who worked together to make this happen for our community.
Kelly D May 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Great news! Congrats to my friends at Sustainable Reston.
Kerrie Wilson May 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Love this project and the enthusiasm of residents and staff at Cedar Ridge, with the Wonderful Sustainable Reston volunteers who have made it happen! I'm feeling a yummy veggie stir fry at Cedar Ridge community day!
Monica Russ May 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Great idea!
Ellen Douglas May 25, 2012 at 06:03 PM
As a result of additional donations, the Friends of Reston was happily able to contribute $3,000 to the installation of the Cedar Ridge garden plots, instead of the $2,000 mentioned in the above article. This worthwhile community project continues to move forward, with the fencing to be installed Wednesday May 30.


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