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The Peninsula’s First Food Forest Coming To Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS—The Newport News Green Foundation will be breaking ground on Tuesday, April 20 at noon on what will be a community food forest, thanks in part to land donated by Mayer and Dorene Sarfan. The five-acre vacant lot, which is located at 1901 Chestnut Avenue in the southeastern area of Newport News, is being named in honor of its donors. The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking and can even volunteer to plant a tree after the opening ceremony.

The Sarfan Food Forest is the first of its kind on the Peninsula and will include a combination of fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, and some perennial vegetables. Other features will include educational and experimental areas, such as an outdoor classroom, and areas used to test different kinds of growing methods.

Newport News Green Foundation, in partnership with Christopher Newport University, is also gathering information about food scarcity during the pandemic and how the food forest may help fill food access gaps. The public is invited to complete a survey to provide feedback. All participants who provide contact information will be entered into a raffle for grocery store gift cards.

For additional information contact the Newport News Green Foundation by calling 757-597-2842 or emailing

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