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Building the Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden

This isn’t a quiet afternoon at the garden.

Generators, reciprocating saws, air compressors and circular saws roar and whirr as raised garden beds take shape for the new Monroe Park Campus Learning Garden at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dedicated to growing food for the RamPantry and Center for High Blood Pressure, the new learning garden has come a long way since receiving a Council for Community Engagement Grant last summer.

Perhaps the most-visible step forward at the Parkwood Avenue site is the construction of raised beds with the expert help of Dinkus Deane, director of operations for the VCU School of the Arts.

Deane wields a circular saw to cut down a string of two-by-fours, while nearby volunteers slice off nail heads from broken-down pallets.

“Everything here came from renovations around the school’s Monroe Park Campus, or old pallets that were left lying around on loading docks at VCU. Essentially all the materials were trash that we’ve chopped up and pulled together,” he said.

Read the full VCU News article.