Do you want to grow an oyster garden? Here is your chance

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says we need a lot more oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday night, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation held their Oyster Gardening seminar.

They’re holding 10 similar events throughout the month of June throughout Hampton Roads.

For $25, people can get two cages of baby oysters and grow them over the course of a year before bringing them back to help the foundation reach their goal of adding 10 billion new oysters in the bay by 2025.

The seminar will teach people how to maintain their garden through the year. After the seminar, the person will receive spat-on-shell (baby oysters set on recycled shells) and two cages to grow them in.

“A lot people love oysters because they love to eat them like myself, but oysters are so important to the bay because one oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day, so it is really important to get as many oysters back in the bay as possible,” said Kelly Davis, Virginia Oyster Restoration Outreach.

On Thursday, people that participated last year brought back the oysters they helped grow off their docks.

Leaders with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said you can participate even if you don’t have a dock. They can help you find a park or public locations.

They said we need more oysters in our waters because they play such a vital role on our community.

Click here to learn more about the program.