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Roots


We broke ground in Martha's Garden in early 2013.

Today it is a thriving neighborhood garden. 

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Roots


We broke ground in Martha's Garden in early 2013.

Today it is a thriving neighborhood garden. 


Martha’s Garden, "Where Love Grows”, began in the spring of 2013. It is in honor of Mary Hannah’s aunt, Martha Valz, who passed away in September of 2014 from complications of sarcoma and a brain tumor. Martha loved to share her passion for cooking and for using locally sourced, organic food.

In planning the garden, Mary Hannah and Mary Beth learned about neighborhood gardens and sustainable farming, fueled by the “Whole Living from the Ground Up” classes they took at Forrest Green Farm in Louisa, Virginia. The garden became a neighborhood affair, with all members of the Grier family and countless neighbors helping to break ground and prepare the garden beds.  

In the spring of 2014 we held a “Martha’s Hands in the Garden Day” where neighbors and friends from near and far gathered to dig, hoe, plant, and paint the garden space. Martha, recovering from chemotherapy, held the place of honor in the hammock swing under the Mother Tree, a large, old cedar in the center of the garden. The Henna Lady, a local artist, painted all of our hands. From then on, friends and neighbors in the community have felt the magical pull of Martha’s spirit in the garden.

Martha’s Garden strives to give our community ready access to organic fresh food, and a place they can go to learn about growing plants and taking care of the environment. It is also a gathering space for neighbors and friends to connect with each other and nature.  

The concept of Martha’s Garden is that anyone in our neighborhood and community can pick their own food, garden, play, watch the birds, feed the chickens, turkeys, bunnies, and emu, or visit with friends. Martha’s vision for the garden included installing a Little Free Library, maintaining beehives, teaching people about the growing cycle from seed to harvest, and developing children’s programs on helping the community and the environment.