Programs and Events

The Youth Farm Program (YFP)

Youth Farm Program Kid and Veggies
A free, multi-layered after-school program designed for local children with at least 75% of the participants being from Hazel Hill Apartments, the neighboring low-income housing development. 

The Youth Farm Program consists of three fundamental parts:

Weekly Meetings:
Non-traditional learning/play environment that includes gardening (weeding, watering, planting, harvesting), nature craft, and environmental literacy.

Monthly Community Dinners:
Hosted by the club participants, once a month the youth will work with a guest chef to create a meal with produce from their garden. The meal will be prepared in the DTG community kitchen in the basement of our headquarters building during the weekly club meeting.

Monthly Youth-Led Farmer’s Market Stand:
Monthly field trip to the Downtown Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market to sell extra produce from the Youth Farm Program plot.

Check out some recent press about the YFP! Youth Farm Program in Fredericksburg grows kids’ knowledge about gardening, business

Fox 5 Recognized us as Hometown Heroes!

Youth Garden Club

Youth Garden Club: Kids Planting

The Youth Garden club meets every Tuesday from 4-5 in the Upper Garden!  Children of all ages are given the opportunity to tend their communal vegetable patch from seed to harvest, watching it grow and seeing the fruits of their labor as they care for it. This program is completely free and all ages are welcome. We just ask that children 5 and under are accompanied by an adult.

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Marenje Marimba

Marenje Marimba at the Library

Marenje Marimba is a youth musical ensemble which conducts classes in the unique Zimbabwean instrument: the Marimba.  Classes are available year round to both children and adults.  Besides offering classes, Marenje Marimba writes and performs their own compositions and can frequently be seen performing in Fredericksburg and beyond,  sharing the positivity and joy that emanate from this unique art form.

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Herbal Arts Collective

Herbal Arts Collective: Lemon Balm

The Herbal Arts Collective meets regularly to discuss and learn about the medicinal and therapeutic aspects of plants, many of which grow in our garden. Specialized workshops are regularly offered, which teach participants how to make herbal preparations such as salves, tinctures, teas and more.

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Community Beekeeping

Beekeeping in the Garden

The Urban Bee group is a group of Fredericksburg local bee enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about beekeeping and who share in the duties to maintain 1 communal Downtown Greens Hive. 2014 was our first year offering this exciting community program and we currently meet on Wednesdays at 6pm in the lower garden, behind 206 Charles Street. Some veils, gloves and shirts are available. See you at the hive!

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Every year we host events in the garden as well as our two major fundraisers, the Down Home Ball in the fall, and the Fork it Over Festival in the spring. These two fundraisers help sustain our annual operating costs.

Down Home Ball 2019

October 12th, 2019 Vicky McNeilan The twenty-third annual Down Home Ball, Fredericksburg’s most time honored and favorite “elegant hoedown!” Learn more at

Fork it Over Festival 2018!

April 23rd, 2018 greenspace Our annual Fork it Over Festival will take place on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, from 1–4pm, in Downtown Green’s Upper Garden at the intersection of Charles and Dixon Street. The festival is free for all community members to enjoy activities including live music, a plant sale, silent auction, the infamous smoothie bike, the classic wading pool
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