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For anyone located near the Coastal area of Virginia...Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residents of all localities. Free event. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a large trash bag to place your tree(s) in, as one will not be provided. These trees are provided by the Virginia Forestry Department by way of a generous donation from the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company. Event is organized by Mohamed and Cheri Elrahhal, Newport News residents. Available while supplies last and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

We do have a tentative variety availability list; however, these are seedlings that are still growing in the mountains of Virginia at the Forestry Department’s facility, and, it all depends on the success rate of the seedlings and how bad our Virginia winter will be. The tentative variety availability list is:

Apple, Common,

Pear, Common,


Dogwood - White,

Dogwood - Silky,

Dogwood - Red Osier,

Allegh. Chinquapin,


Elderberry, Amer.,

Maple, Red,

Maple, Silver,

Oak - White,

Oak - Chestnut,

Oak - Gobbler S.T.,

Oak - S. Red,

Oak - N. Red,

Oak - Pin,

Oak - Black,

Bald Cypress,

Pine, Longleaf,

Wash. Hawthorne,

River Birch,


Locust, Bristly,

Locust, Black,


Bicolor Lespedeza,

Crape Myrtle
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Free Community Native Tree and Shrub Giveaway in Newport News

March 10, 2018, 9:30am - March 10, 2018, 12:00pm

Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residen...

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Blood circle? Yay chainsaw workshop! Also learn how to create a hugelkultur self sustaining garden bed.

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Kelly's Chainsaw and Hugelkulture SEWP

December 10, 2017, 10:00am - December 10, 2017, 2:00pm

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE Steve Kanner, the tree guy & Grow Gainesville member - will be giving a CHA...

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Yellow/Lemon Guava, Strawberry Guava, and Pineapple Guavas planted in April? 2015. Kayla Susan Sosnow's yard. ... See MoreSee Less

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Goodies Kayla Susan Sosnow's Gainesville Garden Sweat Equity Work Parties (SEWP) have left over. Come get them dry loofahs, green loofahs, cassava sticks. See Kayla's post below for instructions on propagating cassava. ... See MoreSee Less

Here are goodies we have left over. Some dry loofahs, some fresh green loofahs, and cassava sticks f...

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Carolina Madera shared Debra Kuhn's post to the group: Edible Plant Project (.org). ... See MoreSee Less

Cranberry hibiscus from EPP is blooming! Planted at end of May 2017.

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SUMMER/Fall Interns needed! Contact edibleplantproject at gmail dot com to inquire. We are 100% volunteer run. No paid positions are available at this time. However, it is a great resume and experience booster.

Help us by volunteering at our Nursery!
We have regular work parties at our nursery where we start new plants, propagate, transplant, weed and tend to existing plants. You’ll learn lots about growing and caring for edible plants and trees in this climate. Those with horticultural interests, experience and expertise are especially welcome. We accept community service volunteers for college and high school.
For every 2 hours of volunteering you’ll receive one tree or plant of your choice!

Video! Volunteers learn how to pot and transplant plants

Help us by volunteering at the Farmer’s Market – the 2nd Wed. of the month or special community events

We need help with transporting plants from the nursery to the downtown farmer’s market the 2nd Wednesday of each month … with setting up our booth and breaking it down. We also need help selling and promoting our plants and answering questions. Check our Calendar for schedule changes and closures.
For every 2 hours of volunteering you’ll receive one tree or plant of your choice!
Our On-Going Needs
Please get in touch with us if you would like to volunteer your time and/or expertise with any of the following:

  • Assisting our Seed Manager.
  • Printing.
  • Help at nursery on Sundays.
  • Lead nursery days (training & commitment required).
  • Opening and closing the greenhouse when the weather freezes.
  • Publicize events
  • Make calls
  • Plan potlucks/events i.e. cooking classes, movies etc.
  • Website development
  • Researching information about plants for our information pages.


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