The Hereford Heritage Garden is a student-run, community-wide initiative located on Hereford Grounds that is currently being cultivated as a vegetable, herb, and flower garden. The garden allows for hands-on teacher/student collaboration that encourages intellectual growth and enhances the physical characteristics of Hereford, all the while adhering to Hereford's mission: to explore what it means to live well as a sustainably minded community. The garden is a place for all Hereford members and during fall and spring months there is typically a weekly work day open to anyone interested in getting their hands dirty. In the past, the garden has contributed part of its bounty to the UVa initiative, but the bulk of produce goes to Hereforrd eaters. During the summer months, the garden is tended by a Hereford student intern.
The garden also serves as a classroom with our popular Garden Party short course led by UVa graduate students. The 'Garden Party' course introduces students to the basics of gardening, with such topics as planting, bed preparation, seed transplantation, and canning. The course also aims to involve the wider Hereford and UVa. community.