Cultivate Charlottesville launches
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Three local organizations are teaming up to face food insecurity in the Charlottesville area.
"Cultivate Charlottesville has integrated three core programs that have been active in the community for years," said Cultivate Charlottesville Executive Director Jeanette Abi-Nader.
Cultivate Charlottesville had its formal launch Wednesday on Instagram live. The organization will combine City Schoolyard Garden, Urban Agriculture Collective, and the Food Justice Network.
Abi-Nader said a different launch was scheduled for Wednesday.
"We had originally planned to have our launch today to plant trees, we were going to plant three trees in the Jackson Via garden as a symbol of our roots integrating together," Abi-Nader said.
While the coronavirus pandemic may have changed those plans, the organization is still actively trying to help the community.
"We decided to go ahead with the launch because our work is still continuing," Abi-Nader said.
The organizations joining forces will allow them to better serve the community.
"Well the programs have been working together for years now and one of the things we find that Charlottesville has so many amazing nonprofits, it's challenging as a small nonprofit to get the resources that you need to be successful," Abi-Nader said.
So now, the three organizations will become one.
"By building together, coming together, we really feel like we can really amplify our impact and have a more meaningful impact on the community," Abi-Nader said.
Cultivate Charlottesville will host a webinar on Zoom April 30 at 11 a.m. with more information about the organization.
The organization will also host its Spring Seedling Drive on May 7 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. In light of the stay at home order, it will be a drive-by market at UAC Farm at Sixth Street. It will distribute seedlings grown by Buford Garden Aides.