School Gardens

Vision: Sustainable and equitable support of school garden programs across Arlington County.

Victory gardens poster by Wakefield student Renee Whiffen

School gardens are an important component of our community’s urban agriculture landscape. School gardens provide teaching opportunities for students, hands-on learning experiences, nutritious produce for consumption in classrooms and lunchrooms, and provide much needed fresh produce to school community families and local food pantries. School garden programs develop students' appreciation of “where their food comes from” and develop life-long skills they can use to grow their own food.

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of schools and a dramatic increase in families experiencing economic hardship and food insecurity, FOUA provided direct support to four school gardens during the school closure with the goal of increasing production to donate fresh produce to local food pantries. FOUA worked in partnership with school garden coordinators, Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension to transform 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 Arlington community’s food insecure neighbors. Over 1,588 pounds of fresh produce from these 2020 Victory Garden sites were distributed to food pantries throughout the County. Read more: FOUA Victory Garden 2020 Final Report.

2021 began with the official transfer of the Plot Against Hunger program to FOUA from AFAC, and the gradual reopening of schools. FOUA’s efforts with school gardens shifted to more long-term goals and away from the urgent and immediate needs presented during the pandemic. FOUA is working in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, Marymount University, and the Arlington Living Schoolyards Initiative to provide technical assistance and other support, and to build a network of school garden programs to cultivate community, peer to peer connections, and opportunity for long-term strategic planning.

If you are a school garden coordinator or connected to a school garden program, please send an email to to be added to the School Garden Network. FOUA hosts monthly online meetings on the 3rd Wednesday. If you would like to join the meetings, fill out this form. Check out 2022 call schedule.

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Garden Talks 2023

We invite you to weekly Garden Talks at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street Free, no registration required Sponsored by Friends of Urban Agriculture and Extension Master Gardeners Also: Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Central Library, Wednesdays, 6 – 7:45 ...
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2023 Spring Garden Kickoff

Plot Against Hunger’s 2023 Spring Garden Kickoff was held on March 4th at Arlington Central Library. Our keynote speaker was Stacey Evers, Board Chair, Hands On Harvests, and featured speakers were Stephanie Hopkins, Arlington County Food Security Coordinator, Arlington County ...
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October Urban Agriculture Month Kickoff Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00am - 1:00pm at Arlington Central Library Keynote Speaker: Joe Guthrie, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Arlington County October Urban Agriculture Month Proclamation Arlington County Board Members Matt ...
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In part one of a cultural exchange, Friends of Urban Agriculture and Study Japanese in Arlington (SJA) invite you to meet urban farmer Utsumi-san and learn about his orchard and urban vegetable farm located in Setagaya City. A short pre-recorded interview will be followed ...
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2022 Garden Talks

Wednesdays May – August at 7 pm, in Library Garden by main parking lot entrance Free, no registration required Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street Sponsored by Friends of Urban Agriculture and Master Gardeners in partnership with Arlington County ...
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