Eastern Shore Public Library

Our Community Garden in Nassawadox

On Friday September 29, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, we kicked off the construction of our new community garden at Northampton Free Library, the branch library in Nassawadox, Virginia.

Garden reception

Thanks to the help of Christina Ruszczyk-Murray, 4-H Extension Agent/Unit Coordinator with Virginia Cooperative Extension – Northampton County, the library recently received a grant from Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program. This grant provided the funding for the materials to create the community garden and is part of the Eat Smart, Move More campaign.

To celebrate the start of the garden, we hosted a short reception at 4:00 PM, followed by hands-on children’s activities.

Painting rocks

We painted rocks, made wildflower seed balls, and played a fun game about where our food comes from presented by the Northampton 4-H. During the event, the Family Nutrition Program provided information about their educational programs. Eastern Shore Healthy Communities and their Food Access and Equity Work Group also provided information and support.

We are so excited about starting our own community garden for kids at the public library. It will provide many benefits for our Eastern Shore youth such as the opportunity to learn about how plants grow and at the same time grow and eat some very healthy food.  By helping with the garden, they will also engage all of their senses and enhance their fine motor skills, practice their math skills, set goals and make plans, organize their time and materials, and practice patience.

Painting of boards for garden

In October we had some great help from Ann, Samantha, Billy, and Keonte, who painted the boards for our raised beds. We now have covered the bed locations to kill off the weeds and grass.

garden position

Click the link below to view our Garden Club Photo Gallery.

Kids Community Garden at Northampton Free Library Photo Gallery 


To volunteer to help with our garden or to get more information, email youthservices@espl.org or call (757) 787-3400.

  • Eastern Shore Public Library
    23610 Front Street
    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
    Phone: (757) 787-3400;
    (757) 824-5151

    Cape Charles Memorial Library
    201 Mason Avenue
    Cape Charles, VA 23310
    Phone: (757) 331-1300

  • Contact Us

  • Northampton Free Library
    7745 Seaside Rd
    P.O. Box 729 Nassawadox, VA 23413
    Phone: (757) 414-0010

    Chincoteague Island Library
    4077 Main Street
    Chincoteague, VA 23336
    Phone: (757) 336-3460

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