Plot Against Hunger

Plot Against Hunger Finds a New Home in 2021

This month, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) will transition ownership of its Plot Against Hunger program to the Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA). Since its inception in 2007, over 600,000 pounds of fresh produce has been donated to AFAC through the Plot Against Hunger program. Due to the pandemic, AFAC saw a significant…

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Sue Howell Reaps Bountiful Early Harvest

Sue Howell’s expansive growing operation gives impressive meaning to the term “urban agriculture.” Multiple vegetable plots surround her Arlington home. She also gardens at her sister’s house and in a neighbor’s yard. This year as usual Sue started her own seedlings, mostly using seeds culled from prior harvests, plus some purchased seeds and radish seeds…

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Historic Ball-Sellers Hosts Plot against Hunger Garden

The Ball-Sellers House, the oldest building in Arlington, started life as a one-room log cabin built by yeoman farmer John Ball in the 1740’s. Its link to farming continues to this day in the Plot against Hunger garden located in its shady back yard. Head gardener Mary Resnick reports that our temperate spring weather supported…

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Victory Garden Project Thrives at Central Library

The Plot against Hunger garden at Arlington Central Library has gotten off to a strong start this season. While AFAC is unable to accept produce from volunteers, Central Library has been working with the Victory Garden Project to distribute fresh vegetables to church pantries at Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Charles and to the Arlington…

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St. Andrews Celebrates 4th of July with a Bountiful Harvest

As you can see from the photos, the Plot against Hunger garden at St. Andrews Episcopal Church is playing a big role in the Victory Garden produce project at Rock Spring Church. Their 4th of July harvest filled the fridge at Rock Spring—impressive progress since their start in late March with cabbage, collard, and kale seedlings grown…

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First Presbyterian Church Garden Starts Season Strong

Audrey Morris, head gardener for the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, recently reported a strong start to their growing and donating season. Overwintered chard in the church’s beds did well this spring, as did more recently planted romaine lettuce and kale. So far, the 150-square-foot Plot against Hunger garden has donated about 50 pounds of…

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The Victory Garden Project Brings Fresh Produce to Needy Neighbors

With AFAC temporarily unable to accept produce from volunteer gardeners during the pandemic, the Plot Against Hunger program has joined with Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture and Virginia Cooperative Extension to establish alternative ways to collect, package, and distribute fresh produce to our needy neighbors. The Victory Garden Project has assembled a list of food pantries to which gardeners…

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Donate Fresh Produce – April 2020

**Update 4/15/20 For the moment, we will not be accepting donations of fresh produce. We have made changes to our food distribution and food drop off procedures that make individual produce donations difficult to handle. Food distribution and food drop offs are being done outside our facility. Non-staff and volunteers who aren’t volunteering are not…

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2020 Garden Kickoff Welcomes over One Hundred Gardeners

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, new AFAC Director of Programs Stephanie Hopkins, and Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey. The keynote presentation featured Hugo Mogollon,…

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