Project HUG will showcase how community-driven agriculture can transform and enhance urban spaces, and demonstrate the power of partnerships across public, private, civic and non-profit communities.
Highlands Urban Garden (HUG) is a collaborative project with Livability22202 sponsored by the National Landing BID and Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation to develop a demonstration urban garden. Volunteers broke ground on the Highlands Urban Garden on September 27, 2020 in Virginia Highlands Park (located at 1600 S Hayes St., Arlington, VA 22202). Project HUG will revitalize underused land near the park’s tennis courts and illustrate how otherwise fallow spaces can be transformed into productive land that builds a vibrant ecosystem. The initial installation was in the fall of 2020 to prepare the site for the spring 2021 planting season.
Livability22202 and National Landing BID are contributing to the design, implementation, and funding for the new urban garden. Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture is managing the project and providing design and technical expertise. The small-scale Highlands Urban Garden will demonstrate modern sustainable agricultural practices such as modular, low-impact design principles, sustainable water management practices, and incorporate smart technology to collect agriculture metrics. A team of neighborhood volunteers will help install, maintain and manage the garden. With on-site signage, the Highlands Urban Garden will inform passers-by on the plants, techniques, and principles used to grow a mix of edible vegetative crops, pollinators, and local natives. As a pilot site, the Highlands Urban Garden will serve as a model for future community-driven agriculture features throughout Arlington’s urban neighborhoods.