The Second Baptist Church of South Richmond is showing how just one project
can bring people together, provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and reduce polluted runoff. Over the last two years, Second Baptist has worked with CBF and
partners to transform the church’s once-barren grounds, adding a quarter acre of
garden beds to grow healthy produce for the community. This spring, the church
inaugurated the new community garden with CBF staff and local leaders.
The effort also provides amazing clean-water benefits. Rain falling on the building’s roof flows into a 10,000-gallon cistern, preventing runoff and irrigating the
plants. Part of the church’s parking lot was turned into an enormous rain garden,
keeping pollution out of local streams. The effort, largely funded by the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is a great example of how taking care of our waterways also helps our communities.
Eden’s Community Garden
Top: Virginia First Lady
Dorothy McAuliffe works in Eden’s
Community Garden with members
of Second Baptist Church.
Bottom Right: Rainfall flows
from the church’s parking lot
into a large rain garden.
Bottom Left: CBF Virginia
Blair Blanchette and volunteers
plant a raised garden bed.
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Bringing CBF to You
The three largest states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, have all passed legislation designating the second week in June, starting in 2016, as Chesapeake
Bay Awareness Week.
All bills recognize “the rich history, pivotal economic importance, and
astounding beauty of the Chesapeake Bay watershed [that] never cease
to amaze residents and visitors alike.” And urge organizations like
CBF “to commemorate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week with events,
activities, and educational programs designed to increase awareness
of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay to the Commonwealth
[or state], the region, and the United States.” In Virginia, CBF is
launching the week with Clean the Bay Day on Saturday, June 4.
Visit cbf.org/clean for more information about that event.