Arlington County Recommendations for a Food Action Plan – from the Urban Agriculture Task Force Report to the Arlington County Board

Urban Agriculture Program, Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation

Wednesday Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library, 7 pm, mid-March – mid-October (paused during pandemic)

Garden Tool Lending Library at Arlington Central Library (paused during pandemic)
Hours (Wed. 5-7 pm, Fri. 3-5pm, Sat. 10-noon), tools available/to donate, how to borrow

Master Gardeners Walk-In Plant Clinic at Arlington Central Library (paused during pandemic)
Wed., 6:45 – 8:45 pm, in 1st floor near Welcome Desk

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Classes & Seminars

Arlington’s Farmers Markets

Virginia Cooperative Extension – Arlington Office

Master Food Volunteers

Community Gardens: Arlington & Alexandria

NOVA Outside – An alliance of environmental educators who connect and teach people of all ages about their natural environment.

Composting Food Scraps Pilot Project
Arlington County recently started a pilot program in which county residents can drop off their food scraps on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Earth Products Recycling Yard near Shirlington, 4300 S. 29th St.

VDACS – database on farmers markets, CSAs, Virginia Grown
Sustainable NOVA – If you’re looking for local food, humanely raised grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and eggs, farmers markets, how to grow your own organic vegetables, farm-to-table restaurants, or green events in Northern Virginia, Sustainable NoVA helps you find it!

Filling a Raised Bed Garden

Here are some tips and resources for when you need to fill a raised bed vegetable garden: START YOUR BED WITH LASAGNA GARDENING METHOD (aka SHEET MULCHING) Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. The name “lasagna gardening” refers to …

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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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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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How We Can Grow the Next Generation of Urban Farmers

Arlingtonians young and old gathered at Ashlawn Elementary School on April 11th for Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture’s presentation on “Growing the Next Generation of Urban Farmers.” We had an inspiring discussion on future urban farmers in the area and how children, students, families, teachers, schools, PTAs, and communities can increase outdoor learning and local …

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Arlington Urban Agriculture – Look How Far We’ve Come!

At our December 12, 2018, winter meeting, we asked County Board Member John Vihstadt who chaired the County’s Urban Agriculture Task Force 5 years ago, and Kim Haun, Urban Agriculture Coordinator, to give us an update on how far we’ve come since the Urban Agriculture Task Force report issued in 2013. The County recognizes that we are part …

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