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Marymount University Promoting Urban Farming!

posted Apr 11, 2018, 5:06 PM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 5:10 PM ]

Our extremely popular Potting Kit Giveaway is back for a second year. Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture has teamed up with Marymount University again to promote gardening in small spaces. With assistance from Rooftop Roots, students started basil seedlings and on April 25th will distribute Potting Kits to lucky commuters at the Ballston and Clarendon Metro stops.

For updates on the Potting Kit Giveaway, go to our Facebook event page.

In addition to promoting gardening in small spaces, Rooftop Roots built raised beds on Marymount University's campus, which will be maintained by Marymount's Food For Thought campus group. This garden is a Plot Against Hunger plot and the produce will go to AFAC families in need.

The Marymount Farmers Market, a local producer-only market, opens for the season on May 26th. Each of the vendors grows, bakes, roasts, cooks, or prepares all of their products within 125 miles of Arlington County.  

When: Saturdays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, May 26th through Thanksgiving

Where: Marymount University surface parking lot, near the intersection of Glebe Rd. and Old Dominion Dr.

Follow Marymount Farmers Market on Facebook.

Beyond Farmers Markets: A Look at Food Hubs - May 10th Presentation

posted Apr 5, 2018, 10:59 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 6:52 AM ]

Come to our spring meeting to learn about changing local food delivery systems. We’ll explore food hubs and regional trends, and discuss how we get nutritious food to all.

WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 7 – 8:30 pm

Networking and display tables at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Arlington Central Library – Auditorium

1015 N. Quincy St. (free parking, near Virginia Square & Ballston Metro Stations)


Panel Moderator – Ellie Bomstein, Program Associate, Wallace Center at Winrock International

A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

Check our Facebook event page for updates!

Our Mission: Facilitating community collaboration to promote sustainable food systems for Arlington. Sponsored by Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation

FOUA Winter 2018 Meeting: Climate Change & New Board Members

posted Jan 26, 2018, 9:14 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 7:16 AM ]

Our Winter 2018 meeting on Climate Change, Agriculture and Our Food was well attended. Our panel presented a wide range of information on climate change impacts on food plants, pests and production, plant variety changes, techniques to address the coming changes, and the role of policy and governmental planning to steer change in practices.

Kirsten Conrad, Natural Resources Extension Agent,
focused on how plants are physiologically affected by heat and other climate change impacts and outlined expected changes in foods that will grow in this region. She emphasized that high nighttime temperatures are often overlooked when talking about how rising temperatures are damaging plants. High nighttime temperatures increase plant respiration rates, which reduces biomass accumulation and crop yield. Kirsten ended her talk with a list of handy tips for how gardeners can adapt to the changing climate. Click here for her full presentation.

Don Weber, USDA Research Entomologist, discussed changes in pests and beneficial insects and adaptive approaches to controlling pests. Don focused on how microenvironments, microclimates (such as urban heat islands) and temperature extremes impact insects the most. He also provided a list of tips for gardeners, very similar to Kirsten’s list. Click here for his full presentation.

Tod Wickersham, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and Beneficial Results, LLC, opened our discussion with an overview of climate change trends and how our weather is getting “weird.” He then highlighted how the use of regenerative agriculture and ecological restoration brings carbon back into soil and heals the climate. He highlighted ways that gardeners can bring regenerative practices to their own gardens and how people can work within their communities, and at the state and national levels to promote policies and regulations that will increase regenerative agriculture practices. Click here for his full presentation.

At our meeting, we also voted in three new board members: Robin Broder, Clean Water & Local Food Advocate and Nonprofit Consultant; Andrew Rude, Retired from Agency for International Development and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and Nanda Setlur, a CPA and small business owner, Urban Farm Greens, a vertical hydroponic farming venture.

We want to thank Thomas Schneider, an original member of the Steering Committee and Board member, who has resigned so he can grow his nonprofit Rooftop Roots. He will continue to coordinate our Spring Potting Party with Marymount University.

We thank Arlington Central Library for once again providing a great venue for our meeting. We thank Pu Wen Lee from AFAC and Kirsten Conrad for bringing displays.




AFAC Spring Garden Kickoff - Feb. 10th

posted Jan 4, 2018, 8:57 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture

The Arlington Food Assistance Center’s “Plot Against Hunger” program will host a Spring Garden Kickoff on Saturday, February 10th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The event will take place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207, home of AFAC’s largest Plot Against Hunger garden.

The Kickoff will feature:

·         Information about how Plot Against Hunger gardens provide fresh produce for AFAC clients and how to start one yourself

·         Short presentations on techniques for starting a garden, irrigation/mulching, pest control, and safe body mechanics for gardeners

·         Displays on compost bins, container and window sill gardening, cold frames, growing mushrooms, and more

·         Hands-on tables to practice basic gardening skills

·         Exhibit tables for Northern Virginia Extension Service, 4-H in the Schools, Master Gardeners, and other local organizations

Free vegetables and herb seeds, seed pots and trays, coffee grounds and other compost, and containers for packaging produce donations will be available to AFAC gardeners.

Light refreshments will be served. 

All are welcome.  RSVP to https://afac.org/spring-garden-kickoff

 

Flyer attached.

Winter is the Time to Read a Good Book on Farming & Food

posted Dec 14, 2017, 8:31 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 5:43 PM ]

Winter is a time when we put our gardens to bed and have time to read a good book on farming and food. To help you find that good book, here are a few of our favorite book lists:

http://smithmeadows.com
Happy reading!



Climate Change, Agriculture and Our Food

posted Nov 30, 2017, 10:04 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 10:30 AM ]

Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture presents

CLIMATE CHANGE, AGRICULTURE & OUR FOOD

What will change? How can we adapt?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm

Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington

(Near Virginia Square/GMU, Ballston/MU Metro Stations)

Networking & Display Tables at 6:30 pm.

New FOUA Board Members will be elected at this meeting.

Free and open to the public.

Check our Facebook event page for updates

Panel

Moderator: Tod Wickersham, President, Beneficial Results LLC

Ø Changing Climate & Food Plants – Kirsten Conrad, Cooperative Extension Agent DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Ø Changing Climate & Insect Populations – Don Weber, USDA Research Entomologist DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Ø Adaptive Growing Techniques for our Gardens and Agriculture in General – Tod Wickersham DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Q & A and Group Discussion

A collection of books on regenerative agriculture and related topi
A collection of books on regenerative agriculture and related topics.

Our Mission: Facilitating community collaboration to promote sustainable food systems for Arlington. Sponsored by Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation.

FOUA Presentation: What Healthy Soils Mean to You -- and Beyond

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:30 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Oct 29, 2017, 1:16 PM ]


What Healthy Soils Mean to You – And Beyond

Saturday, September 16, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Arlington Central Library

Come learn about what healthy soils mean to you, your health, your community, clean water and even climate change. We'll have a few short films and a panel discussion with local experts on healthy soils in your own backyard, in the community, on local farms, and for the planet. 

Panelists:

  • Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director, Waterkeepers Chesapeake & Maryland Fair Farms Campaign (fairfarmsnow.org)
  • Nina DeRosa, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (mgnv.org)
  • Nicole Broder, Urban Farm Fellow, Tricycle Gardens, Richmond, VA (TricycleUrbanAg.org
FILMS

Why Soil Matters - by Kiss the Ground (3.26 min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pesqtODu_XM


Unlocking the Secrets of Soil -- USDA - NRCS (2.44 min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzfb-MSDEcU


Soil Solutions to Climate Problems narrated by Michael Pollan (4min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxqBzrx9yIE 


Fair Farms: Are You Ready for a New Food Future? (1.56 min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks_ZytiaWu0

 

www.ArlingtonUrbanAg.org

Facilitating community collaboration to promote sustainable food systems for Arlington - Sponsored by Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation

Call for Volunteers!

posted Jul 25, 2017, 8:21 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Jul 25, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

We would love to have your help at these tabling opportunities:

July 29, Saturday - Help at Marymount Farmers Market to staff a FOUA table and the Market’s table. Get an insider’s view of running a market and promote FOUA. Time slots are 8 – 10 am, 9 – 11 am or 11 am – 1 pm. Contact Audrey Morris at agmorris1@yahoo.com. The market runs Saturdays 9am - 1pm May 27 through Nov. 18.

August 18 – 20 – Arlington County Fair. Help staff a table promoting FOUA and Arlington County urban agriculture activities, for a 2-hour time slot on Friday or Saturday, August 18 - 19. Contact Audrey Morris at agmorris1@yahoo.com.

2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit Request for Proposals due July 31

posted Jul 18, 2017, 9:09 AM by Arlington Urban Agriculture   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 9:11 AM ]

Have you heard? The 2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit will be held in Arlington on Oct 5 - 6 at the George Mason University campus. Presentation proposals are DUE JULY 31 by 5:00pm.

Do you have an Urban Agriculture issue or program to present that is innovative, reaches new audiences, is resourceful, or uses small budgets to achieve a big impact? Submit a proposal for either a seven-minute presentation in a 7 x 7-minute 'popcorn' style forum, or to facilitate a table at a workshop.

Submit a proposal with this form => https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfc0rIkN9JABEzlXCa5tTPbna90iK57hpeeAUPXn_zN1JNCoA/viewform?c=0&w=1

More info attached to this blog.

Summit website: https://vafb.swoogo.com/urbanag2017/36853

Introducing FOUA’s Inaugural Board of Directors

posted Jul 17, 2017, 3:09 PM by Arlington Urban Agriculture

Electing our first Board of Directors in May takes FOUA a giant step forwards. It was enabled by adoption of our Bylaws in December 2016 and replaces the Steering Committee. Our first meeting in June started with the election of officers provided for in the Bylaws. They are:
  • Audrey Morris, President – Served on FOUA’s Steering Committee, coordinates two gardens for AFAC and was on the County’s Urban Agriculture Task Force. Currently on planning committee for the Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit to be held October 5-6 in Arlington. 
  • Aisha Salazar, Vice President - Served on FOUA’s Steering Committee, is Food and Nutrition Coordinator for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), and manages the Fairlington Farmers Market. 
  • Margaret Brown, Secretary – Recently retired as Central Services Division Chief and Arlington Central Library Manager where she was instrumental in creating the Tool Shed to lend gardening tools from Central Library and in creating the AFAC and native’s gardens on the Library grounds, and has been certified as a Master Gardener. 
  • Amy Sawyer, Communications Director – Coordinates the Tool Shed/Tool Lending Program at Arlington Central Library and brings with her extensive experience in other areas with outdoor learning for children and adults, gardening, native plants and wildlife habitat, and a “Kill Your Lawn” program. 
  • Thomas Schneider, Treasurer - Served on FOUA’s Steering Committee, and is a life-long Arlington resident and Executive Director of the non-profit Rooftop Roots in the District of Columbia where he leads operational development and logistics. He manages the container garden at Central Library and other gardens.

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