School Gardens

Victory gardens poster by Wakefield student Renee Whiffen

Friends of Urban Agriculture and Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension are partnering with Arlington Public Schools to turn classroom gardens into Victory Gardens to grow fresh vegetables to support the community.

Our 2020 Victory Gardens empowered the intrepid APS Garden Coordinators at Wakefield, TJ Middle School, Hoffman-Boston Elementary, and Tuckahoe Elementary to maximize their gardens’ capacities and to donate fresh produce to Arlington food pantries.

We thank Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) for donating funds through the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to support the school gardens. HCAT is part of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families. We know there is interest at other school gardens. If we galvanize enough support and volunteers, we may be able to include additional schools in our project in 2021.

TOTAL DONATED = 1300+ pounds

We thank the following businesses, groups and individuals for providing in-kind donations or discounts on supplies: MOM’s Organic Market – Alexandria, 4H-Arlington & Alexandria, Meadows Farm, Merrifield Garden Center, Shelton Tree Service, We Recycle Trees, Melwood, Becky Halbe, and Puwen Lee.
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