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Mission Statement

To build a resilient, community-driven urban agriculture sector that provides a fair, healthy, sustainable food system for all Arlingtonians.

Our Approach

Advocate: Community-driven support for urban agriculture in county and school policies

Build: Raise awareness through educational, outreach and social events

Connect: Facilitate relationships and promote urban agriculture businesses and programs

Board of Directors

Robin Broder (President) Clean Water & Local Food Advocate; Deputy Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake
Aisha Salazar (Vice President) Associate Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Manager Fairlington Farmers Market
Audrey Morris (Treasurer) Garden Coordinator, Arlington Food Assistance Center; was on the County’s Urban Agriculture Task Force
David Sachs, (Secretary) Grapewood Farms in Montross, VA, growing organic grains and milled flours; has garden plot in Fort Barnard Community Garden
Emily Landsman (Communications) food writer and communications and marketing specialist
Matt McKinstry (At-Large) Bushel Edible Gardens, an on-demand foodscaping service; active duty military officer

FOUA's Story

Arlington County has a rich history of urban agricultural activities – from farmers markets, community gardens and school programs to emerging agricultural businesses. Partnerships between public agencies, nonprofits and volunteers increased the number of private and public gardens, opened up access to fresh produce, and built awareness of urban agriculture’s role in strengthening our community’s resiliency. In 2012, the Arlington County Board recognized the need to understand the growing urban agriculture sector and formed the Urban Agriculture Task Force to make recommendations for moving urban agriculture forward in Arlington. Its report submitted to the Board in June 2013 included a recommendation about forming a citizens group to advance the community’s role in public stewardship of urban agriculture resources, deepen public support for urban agriculture, and establish a partnership with the County’s urban agriculture program to bolster urban agriculture programs and projects. Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA) was launched in 2015, elected its first Board of Directors in 2017, and became a nonprofit 501c3 in 2019.

What We Do

FOUA envisions Arlington County as a leader in urban agriculture in the region. We want a future of healthy, sufficient and affordable sustainable food for all in the Arlington community. Farmers markets, community and home gardens play a role in feeding our community as well as grocers, restaurants, institutions and suppliers. Maintaining regional food-producing farms is key to fresh, local food. Governmental policies and regulations, as well as commercial, institutional and individual sustainable food practices and enterprises, jointly protect and enhance our sustainable food supplies from both within Arlington County and our region.

FOUA believes that a resilient, community-driven urban agriculture sector is a driver in bettering public health, boosting economic health, and improving environmental health and energy efficiency, and is a significant component of a biophilic community. FOUA is working with all elements of the urban agriculture sector to develop a strategic plan and roadmap to extend the presence and values of urban agriculture in our community. Specifically, FOUA is working to develop supportive public policies for urban agriculture entrepreneurs, encourage developers to include urban agricultural elements, and institutionalize support for public school programs and curriculum. In addition, we are building consumer demand and public understanding for hyper-local food production and sustainable regional food systems, and connecting those who are already growing in their yards and community gardens and increase their numbers.

To accomplish this, FOUA works to:

     Build community interest in expanding Arlington’s urban agriculture sector and transforming our food system by engaging consumers to think about what we eat and the way food is produced.  

     Cultivate policy and investment strategies that support urban agriculture businesses and school programs.

     Promote local food growing opportunities in residential, commercial and public spaces.

     Collaborate with residents, and public, private and non-profits groups to address food access, food security issues and climate change.