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Many praise urban agriculture throughout West Virginia as building a healthier, stronger community

Monday, October 3, 2016 6:18
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Eleanor Derrick, 74, a retired nutritional service worker plants some of her crops including beans, peppers, cherry tomatos,and lettuce for her and her husband at Carroll Terrace. Click on image for larger file.

“We’re not saving the world,” he said. “But we’re chipping away at it, working towards a healthy society. I believe very strongly the work we’re doing is worthwhile.”

By Linda Harris
The State Journal
Sep 22, 2016


If Danny Swann had his way, empty lots across West Virginia would be turned into urban gardens. And instead of sitting indoors playing video games, kids would spend their spare time in the sun, wind and rain learning how to grow foods and flowers.

“Seven or eight years ago I was a college kid in my early 20s and living in East Wheeling, kind of on the wrong side of the tracks,” Swann said. “I was working at a youth center and I wanted to figure a way to get kids outdoors, a way I could connect to them — gardening was a medium to do that.”

He started with vacant lots in his neighborhood, setting one up as a children’s garden, and another as a more traditional community garden. A Community Garden is a property divided into individual garden plots. Participants plant, weed, water and harvest the herbs, vegetables and flowers they’ve sown.

“I don’t know that it was much of a sell,” he said. “It was more just a contagiousness of activity itself — doing it, building a community garden. People started coming over to see what was going on, then they’d jump right in.

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