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Photo by Faye Hicks: Mike Lyman, a member of New Vision Baptist Church, and several other volunteers work in the “giving garden” at Fork Mountain. Last year, the garden provided over 1,000 pounds of produce to local food banks.

Monday, June 23, 2014

By EMILY WOOD - News-Post Intern

The Blue Ridge Community Garden on Robin Ridge Road in Fork Mountain distributed over 1,000 pounds of produce to local food banks last year.

The garden is run by New Vision Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, inspired by member Mike Lyman.

Lyman, a Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in agronomy and a background in forestry, came up with the idea because of a major drought that was threatening the Midwest corn and soybean fields two years ago.

"I had a goal of getting into rotating crops and donating the surplus to food banks and making sure nobody in Franklin County goes without food," said Lyman, who manages the place, along with four to six other volunteers.

The land for the garden was donated to New Vision by Bobby and Faye Hicks of Fork Mountain for the benefit of Lyman's garden. This year, the land is being used to raise peppers, cucumbers, two types of tomatoes, and three types of squash.

"My goal is to have an entire network of independent gardeners," said Lyman.

To garner more community support from local gardeners and volunteers, Lyman and his son have created a website,, to be used to chat with other local gardeners and post news about the harvest.

Lyman hopes the website communications will help with the expansion of New Vision's already successful garden.

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