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.

Donate Your Produce!

10/30/20 Update: Our bagging season is over. In total, over 6,000 lbs of produce were grown and donated by local gardeners from about 50 gardens (schools, churches, and individuals) between June 1st through October 29th at the Rock Spring Church Victory Bagging site. Over 7,000 lbs of produce was gleaned from local farms through volunteers and bagged at Rock Spring Church. Thank you to all the volunteers (Master Gardeners, Master Food Volunteers, Rock Spring Church, Plot Volunteers, college students, high school students, and community members) for all your help in growing, gleaning, packaging, and delivering the produce!

Total = over 6,000 pounds donated!! Plus over 7,000 pounds from gleaning

The bagging site was a collaboration of Rock Spring Church, Arlington Cooperative Extension, Master Food Volunteers, Master Gardeners, Marymount University, and Friends of Urban Agriculture.

You can donate directly to local food pantries. Here is a list of local food pantries that are accepting fresh produce donations (list compiled by Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension). Some food pantries only accept pre-packaged produce while others will accept bulk donations.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Gl47CC6ISsfpQxVAv7nJpaXzK2OqLlvHetKs4cK-BQk/edit#gid=15728203

As of April 15, 2020, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) stopped accepting fresh produce donations until further notice [read notice HERE].

Seeds!

Stay tuned for FREE seeds distribution for the spring!

Seedlings!

Seedling distribution has been completed for the season.

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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Please consider a donation to support our efforts to expand and promote victory gardens during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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