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RReNEW collective Garden

The RReNEW collective was founded in order to help in the building of a healthy, environmentally responsible and economically Fair Appalachia (the town and the region) by providing affordable living and working space for long term volunteers supporting local organizations that share the vision of a just and sustainable Appalachia. We aim to create a demonstration space for gardening and green building techniques that facilitate environmental sustainability, food sovereignty, and economic diversity for the region. We hope to build strong support networks within our community that are capable of responding dynamically to the challenges of the future with compassion and resilience through understanding of our regional ecology. 

While our garden is small (on approximately a quarter acre of land), we intend to illustrate the possibilities available in a small backyard space, and we have plans for a forest garden, an orchard, raised bed vegetable production, a berry patch, and a small greenhouse. We plan to implement native plants and permaculture techniques as much as possible, with a focus on apple production, as they were once an ecological and economic staple in the region.

The RReNEW home can only house four people, but we ultimately want our space to belong to the community, and for the RReNEW house to be available as a resource for anyone who is interested in social justice, sustainability, or building community. Our collective garden will provide food, education, seeds, and support for the people of Appalachia and our broader network of friends fighting for justice in the region. As a volunteer housing cooperative, RReNEW, provides direct support to community partners and regional organizations like SAMS and Mountain Justice. The garden project will supply food for volunteers and advance our mission to become a living laboratory for sustainability

Where it's at:

373 Henry St
Appalachia, VA 24216
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

volunteers and community members working towards a healthy and sustainable transition away from coal-based economies and citizens of Applachia

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes
fruit trees
irrigation system

Project leaders:

Becca Holmes
Marley Green

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606