Resources for Gardeners

Vegetable Gardening & Produce Harvest, Storage & Transport Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) both offer gardening resources: MGNV – FREE Online Classes (class videos posted to MGNV website) MGNV – Select On-Line References for Kitchen Gardening VCE – Home Vegetable Gardening page VCE – Food Safety for School and Community Gardens: A Handbook for Beginning …

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October Urban Agriculture Month 2020

Urban Agriculture: Resiliency Rooted in Innovation This year’s October Urban Agriculture Month theme is Urban Agriculture: Resiliency Rooted in Innovation. The October events will shine a spotlight on the significant role urban agriculture plays in our regional and local food system. Several urban agriculture, food security and garden groups in northern Virginia have come together to offer a …

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FOUA Victory Gardens Mid-Season Report

The last three months have been a whirlwind of activity as we’ve transformed four classroom instruction gardens at Hoffman-Boston Elementary, Wakefield High School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Tuckahoe Elementary into scalable ‘urban farm’ sites to support our community’s food insecure neighbors. To date, over 600 pounds of fresh produce (as of August 19) from the …

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Press Release: Victory Gardens at Arlington Public Schools Donating to Local Food Pantries

Community-led initiative has goal to produce 2,500 pounds of fresh vegetables. (Arlington, VA) In response to the COVID-19 global health crisis, Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA) is working to support and expand efforts to grow fresh produce here in Arlington. This global crisis will have long lasting health and economic impacts for our local community, and …

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Statement of Solidarity from Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture

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Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture would like to address the latest events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other unarmed black people. These events are symptomatic of deep-seeded institutionalized racism that have infested the US for centuries. We stand in solidarity with black, indigenous, and people of color who …

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Take Action: Virginia’s Farmers Markets Should be “Essential” Businesses

In Governor Northam’s Executive Order, he did not deem farmers markets as essential businesses like grocery stores. Instead, they were classified the same as restaurants and bars. Subsequent guidance clarified that farmers markets can remain open but under strict restrictions. Farmers markets, farmers and vendors had to quickly adapt to provide online ordering and pre-bagged …

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Our Community Responds to the COVID-19 Health Crisis

As our community responds to the COVID-19 global health crisis, we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy. Now more than ever, it is evident that a resilient and sustainable local community is important to our health, economy and well-being. Friends of Urban Agriculture is committed to helping build a thriving local …

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Food & Financial Assistance Resources in NOVA

Thanks to Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Volunteers program for compiling this helpful list of resources for those needing food and financial assistance during this time in Northern Virginia. Also information from Virginia Tech on food safety and disinfection and CDC. This list isn’t complete but it’s a start (most pantries are listed on city/county pages). Capital …

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Take Action By Mar 25 to Save Virginia Farmer Markets

As a supporter of Virginia’s Urban Agriculture food economy, you understand the singular role Farmers Markets play to both consumers and food producers. Farmers Markets provide a source of fresh, nutritious and sustainable food to the local community, and are the sole revenue stream for many area small businesses. We ask for your help to show …

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Golden Radish Award: Kirsten Conrad

Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture on December 12th will present Kirsten Conrad with our 2019 Golden Radish Award to recognize her significant contributions to growing urban agriculture in Arlington. RSVP today! Kirsten Conrad joined the Arlington Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension in September of 2007. As the Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kirsten leads these …

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