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The Perfect Plants for Your Backyard

 “We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.” –Wendell Berry

When the idea of having a plant sale came to Madame Melaine Copeland, it was to encourage more people to think about developing small gardens in their own yards to decrease food costs. This was an innovative vision that the city of Harrisonburg needed. When the Plant Sale debuted about 14 years ago, part of its vision was to foster the health and wealth of the social, economic, and environmental well-being of our community. According to Melaine, “the Plant Sale is a fun way to bring gardeners, plant enthusiasts, and general lovers of the earth together to benefit Our Community Place.”

The rising influx of youth into urban areas is having a severe impact on the carbon footprint of populated locations. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) can be released through transport, land clearance, and production and consumption of food, fuels, manufactured goods, materials, wood, roads, buildings, and services. As the population of Harrisonburg increases, there is a need to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables for consumption, and for more vegetable and flower gardens to decrease the carbon footprint.

We ought to inspire ourselves to develop more family and community gardeners in vibrant urban communities such Harrisonburg, and the goal of the Our Community Place Plant Sale is to do just that. Nothing beats the feeling one gets after harvesting fresh basil, or smelling the Nandina or the candy tuft from one’s own vegetable, flower, or fruit garden. It is a wonderful feeling to see the beautiful fruits of one’s hard work generated from planting these variety of plants to improve the well-being of our ecosystem.

Leons Kabongo

Activities & Programming Coordinator