RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Carreras Jewelers announced they have awarded a grant to Carmel Empowerment to be used in maintaining their community garden.
The Bill Carreras Memorial Grant is an effort by Carreras Jewelers to give back to the Richmond community. Nearly 100 non-profits applied for the competitive grant.
Carmel Empowerment was awarded $5,000 to be used in the construction and management of a community garden located in Historic Jackson Ward.
The Carmel Empowerment Community Garden was started by Jovonni Armstead, who told 8News that it was birthed from a vision to help eliminate and prevent food desserts in the community.
Carreras Jewelers wrote on Facebook that Armstead has been working for the past year to get the garden up and running.
Armstead wants to educate community members about growing their own fruits and vegetables. She also plans to get the community involved hoping people will work shifts during the growing season.
“Our garden will teach self-sufficiency from the ground up,” said Armstead “We aspire our garden to be the hub for community conversations, spiritual and physical growth, and a place of healing for neighbors and neighborhood issues.”
The grant money will be used to purchase soil, build a fence and construct a shed on the property.