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COVID-19 update 1

The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is closely monitoring the national and local developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus). AFAC is actively planning how we will continue to operate in the short and long term. Our planning begins with the recognition of our responsibility to continue our services...

2020 Garden Kickoff Welcomes over One Hundred Gardeners

Click photo to read the event article from the Arlington Connection. On March 7, the Plot against Hunger Program welcomed over 100 gardeners to its 2020 garden kickoff at Arlington Central Library. The program opened with welcomes from master of ceremonies and Plot gardener Becky Halbe,...

Tomato Love: What You Need to Know about Growing Tomatoes

By Colleen Kennedy, Master Gardener of Northern Virginia Tomato Love Power Point: 2019-Urban-Ag-Tomato-Love Tomato Cultivation: handout.Tomato Cultivation Tomato Diseases: Tomato diseases

2020 Garden Talks Schedule

March 11 Seed Starting & Plant Propagation Learn the best techniques for growing seedlings throughout the seasons. Free seeds. Bluemont Room. March 18 Vegetable Garden Design for Success Best location? How to layout? Plan your garden for the best vegetables, & how to use flowers to attract pollinators. Bluemont Room....

Spring Garden Kick-off

On March 7 at Arlington Central Library, Plot Against Hunger presents the 7th Annual Spring Garden Kick-off featuring speakers, knowledgeable practitioners, free seeds, and demonstrations of garden techniques. The kick-off is a great way to learn about how to start a garden for AFAC, how to donate produce to AFAC,...

AFAC’s Puwen Lee to Retire After Thirteen Years of Service

November 8, 2019 ARLINGTON, VA – After 13 years working to bring fresh local produce to food insecure families, Associate Director of Programs and Plot Against Hunger Manager Puwen Lee will be retiring from the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), effective November 15. “I started at AFAC as a volunteer,...

Sue Howell: Arlington Victory Gardener

  What does one do after retiring from a demanding job at Georgetown University Hospital?  In Sue Howell's case, it meant following an interest that began in childhood: gardening. After Sue came across a documentary on Victory Gardens, private plots used to bolster the food supply in the U.S. during...

AFAC to participate in the 25th Annual “Scouting for Food” food drive on Saturday, November 9th

ARLINGTON, VA – The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is pleased to partner with the Chain Bridge District of the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts for the 25th annual “Scouting for Food” food drive with the goal to collect food donations and to bring awareness to the issue...

Ava’s Sweet Potato Project

Ava is a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. A few years back, she and her family grew and donated around 600 pounds of sweet potatoes to AFAC from her grandparents farm on the Northern Neck. This year, Ava got her sister involved with planting sweet potatoes and recruited friends...

AFAC Sponsors Garden Open Houses for Urban Agriculture Month

September 20, 2019 ARLINGTON, VA – Several Arlington gardens will be open to the public during Urban Agriculture Month in October. In addition to a community garden, a schoolyard garden, and a private residence, ten selected Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) "Plot Against Hunger gardens" in Arlington will open the...