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.
10/30/20 Update: Our bagging season is over. In total, over 6,000 lbs of produce were grown and donated by local gardeners from about 50 gardens (schools, churches, and individuals) between June 1st through October 29th at the Rock Spring Church Victory Bagging site. Over 7,000 lbs of produce was gleaned from local farms through volunteers and bagged at Rock Spring Church. Thank you to all the volunteers (Master Gardeners, Master Food Volunteers, Rock Spring Church, Plot Volunteers, college students, high school students, and community members) for all your help in growing, gleaning, packaging, and delivering the produce!
Gardeners! There are two ways to donate your produce!
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." 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: