2022 Schedule for School Garden Monthly Calls

2022 FOUA-VCE Planning Calendar
Monthly Garden Coordinator Zoom Calls
Proposed Topics
(3rd Wednesday each month)

If you would like to join the meetings, fill out this form. Questions? Email schoolgardens@arlingtonurbanag.org.

EVERY WEDNESDAY:   Starting next week, Wednesday, May 4, and continuing through mid-September, we will be coordinating our school gardens outreach in tandem with FOUA’s Plot Against Hunger Wednesday Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library. The Garden Talks are held from 7:00 – 8:00PM next to the PLOT Garden near the tennis courts. Please  come to learn firsthand from experienced gardeners about tips and tricks for gardening success on 20 different gardening topics , and how gardens of all stripes factor into the county’s food security goals.

WEDNESDAY MONTHLY SCHOOL GARDEN COORDINATOR CALLS: In lieu of our monthly zoom meetings, we invite you to gather with us in-person at Arlington Central Library at 6:30PM next to the PLOT Garden, where we’ll be on hand for Garden Q&A for thirty minutes before the scheduled Wednesday Library Talk. For those of you unable to make it in person, we will also make this a Facebook Live event on the FOUA Facebook page. Initial topics include:

May 18: Container & Balcony Gardening with Anne Reed

June 15: Intercropping/Succession Planting with Judy Johnson

July 20: Top 10 Vegetable Diseases with Kirsten Conrad

[Topics for August and September TBD.]

SCHOOL GARDEN VISITS: Our first confirmed school garden visit will occur on Sunday, May 15th at The Jefferson Garden at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (at 4pm). Keep a look-out for a survey Doodle Poll from Anne Braghetta so that we can coordinate more in-person garden visits on other summer dates.

August 17 – Fall planting. Arlington County Fair Aug 17-21.

September 21 – Back to school, Cover crop planning for fall & winter.

October 19 – Harvest Festivals / Urban Agriculture Month. Soil testing.

November 16  – Prepping the garden for winter. Cover crop winter maintenance.

December – Annual FOUA meeting.

PAST MEETINGS

January 19 –  Discuss annual calendar for school garden coordinators! MLK Day of Service as an opportunity to involve students, parents and teachers.

February 16 – Getting seedlings started indoors Feb 16, 2022 School Garden Network Meeting

  • Planting calendar- Tips for step-by-step gardening actions
  • Covered gardening for winter growing.
  • Making the most of spring planting for the elementary school year.  
  • Getting a plan of work laid out for the annual year – very location specific!  
  • Set up your garden to prevent pests.

March 16 – Planning your garden. March 2022 School Garden Network Meeting

  • Soil conditioning and soil health. Soil testing.
  • Growing community.

April 20 – Garden synergies and best practices. April 20, 2022 School Garden Network Meeting

  • Pest Control.
  • Planning garden visits across APS