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Supporting ‘Local Roots’ for local community

 

Hampton Roads Moving & Storage on Northgate Commerce Parkway has been growing its own opportunity to give back to the Suffolk community with its Local Roots Garden.

About one-and-a-half acres of the nearly eight-acre site has been utilized for this community garden project, with about 90-percent of it planted as of June 26, according to Hampton Roads Moving & Storage founder and co-owner, Don Queeney.

There are now tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes and more growing in this garden, with Queeney leading the effort. The moving company was inspired by another mover that did a similar garden project, and the produce of this garden is going to organizations serving those that need it the most, such as Healthy Chesapeake.

The “Local Roots Garden at Hampton Roads Moving & Storage” Facebook page is regularly updated with the latest progress. On Wednesday, 110 pounds of green and yellow squash and 10 pounds of tomatoes were sent to the health department for distribution, according to a Wednesday post with the hashtag “moveforhunger.”

Queeney said that he’s looking for additional support for the garden, especially those with more gardening experience. He’s also looking for more community partners to support the garden so that those that need it can still receive healthy, nutritious foods.

Volunteers are welcome to do their part, and they can take some of the produce with them for their hard work — as long as they leave enough for those less fortunate.

“We could always use the help,” he said.

Visit facebook.com/LocalRootsGarden2 for regular updates on the garden and other information, or contact Queeney at dqueeney@hamptonroadsmoving.com.