Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension and Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA) are partnering with Arlington Public Schools (APS) to turn classroom gardens into Victory Gardens. These gardens will grow fresh vegetables to support the community during COVID-19. We are excited to work with APS Garden Coordinators at Wakefield, TJ Middle School, Hoffman-Boston Elementary, and Tuckahoe Elementary to maximize their gardens’ capacities to donate fresh produce to local food pantries. Master Gardeners serve as technical advisors and Master Food Volunteers help in the garden.
9/17 Update: Starting on Monday 9/28 the donation time will change to 1:30-3pm on Mondays and Thursdays to avoid the preschool dismissal time. Gardeners, please note the new time. Volunteers are needed, please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054da5af2fa1f58-victory
Gardeners! There are two ways to donate your produce!
Produce Bagging Update: 5,186.5 pounds have been donated from about 50 gardens (schools, churches, and individuals) between June 1 - September 14 to Arlington and local food pantries. Thank you to all the growers and donors!
Thank you to Rock Spring Church for providing use of their facility and Marymount University for providing funds to support the Victory Garden Produce Bagging Project." after the first paragraph on that page.Drop off your produce for local food pantries on Mondays & Thursdays between 12pm - 2pm at Rock Spring Church (5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Virginia 22207). We have set up a produce processing and bagging site for gardeners to drop off their produce at Rock Spring Church. Your donations will be weighed and distributed to local pantries.
2) Donate directly to local food pantries. Here is a list of local food pantries that are accepting fresh produce donations (list as of 7/10/2020). Please note, some food pantries only accept pre-packaged produce while others will accept unbagged, bulk donations.
Victory Garden Project, In The News
- ARLNow.com reported on VCE's partnership with Arlington Public Schools (APS) and Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA) in developing School Victory Gardens. Read the article here.
- Arlington Embarks On Modern Take on WWII Victory Gardens, Insidenova. Read the article here.
- Growing, Bagging, Donating—Community Comes Together in Arlington, The Arlington Connection. Read the article here.
- Virginia Cooperative Extension Recommended Guidelines for Community Gardening during COVID-19
- Safe Produce for Food Pantries
- Grow Food for Neighbors: Plot Against Hunger
- Vegetable Gardening & Produce Harvest, Storage & Transport
- VCE - Home Vegetable Gardening page
- VCE - Food Safety for School and Community Gardens: A Handbook for Beginning and Veteran Garden Organizers
- Gardening during COVID-19, VCE special gardening/food handling precautions during COVID-19: