Grow Food for Neighbors: Plot Against Hunger

Help us grow fresh produce for our neighbors in need!

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a newbie, you can help.


Whether you garden at a school, a church, a community garden, a community center, in your backyard, in what used to be your front lawn, on your balcony, or on a vacant lot across the street, we want to hear from you.

Whether you have long been identified as a Plot Against Hunger Garden (PLOT) or you have never shared your harvest before, we want to hear from you.

While supply chains experience hiccups, you can make meaningful contributions to food security and food equity in your local community.

If you would like to join our PLOT-Grow4Neighbors Google Group, please send an email to info@arlingtonurbanag.org.

Seeds!

The Plot Against Hunger steering committee and Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension have seeds to distribute. Filling out this form (VCE) or this form (Plot) will allow us to get seeds to you by directing you to your closest neighborhood seed distribution point. These seeds are free. Priority is given to those who will be growing food for local food banks in Arlington and Alexandria, but they are also available for home and community gardeners.

Seedlings!

The Plot Against Hunger Program steering committee, with the help of other concerned Arlington gardeners, is coordinating the exchange of seedlings between seedling growers and PLOT gardens that need seedlings. Filling out the Plot Against Hunger 2020 Seedlings Exchange form to offer or request seedlings will allow us to coordinate distribution while supplies last. These seedlings are free. Priority is given to those who will be growing food for local food banks in Arlington and Alexandria, but they are also available for home and community gardeners.

Donate Your Produce!

Some food pantries only accept pre-packaged produce while others will accept bulk donations. As of April 15, 2020, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) has stopped accepting fresh produce donations until further notice [read notice
HERE].

Here is a list of local food pantries that are accepting fresh produce donations (list as of 4/20/2020).

Coming Soon!

Information on a centralized site for processing and bagging bulk produce to be distributed to food pantries.

If you need volunteer help for your garden, we will post a means to request volunteers soon.

Resources you may find helpful:

Vegetable Gardening & Produce Harvest, Storage & Transport


Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) both offer gardening resources:
Follow on social media to keep up to date on new online classes and resources:
Gardening during COVID-19

VCE special gardening/food handling precautions during COVID-19:
General COVID-19 Guidance

Virginia State and Arlington County General Guidance:
  • Governor Northam’s Executive Actions page provides latest information about COVID-19 requirements applicable state-wide.
    • EO-55 & EO-53 permit individuals to volunteer with organizations that provide charitable or social services, while everyone must follow social distancing recommendations (updated 4/17/2020). 
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Arlington Urban Agriculture,
Apr 20, 2020, 8:47 AM
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