Linden Rotary's Community Collaboration at its Best

Blue Ridge Gardens, a business venture of Blue Ridge Opportunities in Front Royal, VA, recently opened its doors in celebration of a yearlong community project. With the collaboration and commitment of the Rotary Club of Linden, this dream of developing a greenhouse has come true.
 
Blue Ridge Opportunities was the beneficiary of the Linden Rotary’s 2011 Anniversary Gala fundraising. The funds raised by the Gala, together with a District 7570 Community Project Grant, provided more than one third of the total cost of the $30,000 project.  Club members provided a number of “sweat equity hours” painting the structure’s interior and floors, and building tables.
 
The greenhouse program has already grown beyond what was intended. The teaching greenhouse holds a wealth of resources for Blue Ridge Opportunity clients including community integration, educational opportunities, and learning important business practices. Additionally, collaboration among local agencies that provide services to the hungry will be a focus of the project. The possibilities are endless as the program continues to evolve.