Salvation Army opens a community garden in Southeast Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. - A new community garden in Southeast Roanoke is open for people interested in growing fresh produce or flowers.

A empty lot on the corner of 8th Street and Steward Avenue has been transformed into the Salvation Army Victory Garden.

The non-profit used grant money from the Kiwanis Club and a local church to build and fill the garden beds.

The group "Be The Change" from Kean University in New Jersey also stopped by and donated a tower garden.
Organizers say the garden is a way to beautify the neighborhood, but can also be therapeutic for those gardening.

"Gardening is good for you mentally.  It's a good outlet for frustration. I've spent lots of hours in the garden just decompressing from life," said the Salvation Army Mission Specialist, Rebecca.

The victory garden has eight garden beds, but they say they have room for more.  Anyone interested in growing something can apply for a free bed at the Salvation Army.
 


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