The building of the lasagna beds in Staunton Virginia at the community garden site is ready to finally begin! This Saturday, our environmental capstone class will join the heads of the Transition Staunton organization and begin the construction and filling of the raised lasagna beds. Our class is also fortunate enough to be able to provide the Transition Staunton group with a modest monetary donation that will now allow the number of the beds to double from the original amount, four, to between eight and ten. This is excellent news as this will now allow them to implement their Noon Lunch Program, which according to Lindsay Curren, one of the leaders in the Transition Staunton organization, “is a free weekday feeding program for the hungry”. We are more than pleased to hear that this is program, for the benefit of the less fortunate, is being sped up due to the generosity and efforts put forth by our class and Roanoke College.
Joseph Lombard, of the Local Food Task Force in Staunton, has been working on the Elizabethan apple planting project, which are still scheduled to be planted on April 9th. Additionally he has been aiding us in gathering food waste from venues in downtown Staunton to supply the beds with organic material. We are more than pleased to be a part of this amazing project in this transitioning town. Thank you to Lindsay Current for all her assistance as well as Joseph Lombard for giving us the Staunton perspective and acting as a liaison between our class and our Staunton associates! Can't wait to go garden on Saturday!!!