The TJMS Community Garden 2022 Season is Under Way.

The TJMS Community Garden has been a Plot Against Hunger participant for over a decade, donating produce to AFAC and other local food pantries. The Jefferson Community Garden is the largest school garden in Arlington, and we are taking our community responsibilities seriously. But more than that, we are working to become a hub for joyful community and learning. Have you ever thought of starting your own garden, but you feel a little overwhelmed? Volunteering with our experienced gardeners is a great way to learn more about starting a garden, managing pests and diseases, and how to plan for seasonal harvests. A sunny Saturday morning in the garden is a great family activity, and it's the perfect place to meet friends to socialize while volunteering and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise.

Bring Friends or Family and Join Us in the Garden:

We would love you to join us in the garden. We have regular garden workdays every week from 8 to 10 AM Saturday mornings. Not quite ready to start gardening today? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you weekly updates about our workday plans, and pictures of what we're doing in the garden.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for late-breaking schedule updates and weather cancellations.

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Saturday morning workday, - few of my favorite things

Saturday morning workday, - few of my favorite thi...

A quick live before we start pulling the last of the summer crops

A quick live before we start pulling the last of t...

One does not simply WALK into the bean vines. (J/k, one totally does. But preferably with protective gear. I lost my hat walking these 20’.)

One does not simply WALK into the bean vines. (J/k...

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Consolidated the tomatoes down to two bags that were good to donate, and it tipped us over to 1,014 pounds! Woo, what a great end to the season. 

And that’s not even counting dozens of packets of fresh herbs we gave out to teachers and staff today. Happy holidays, everyone!

Consolidated the tomatoes down to two bags that were good to donate, and it tipped us over to 1,014 pounds! Woo, what a great end to the season.

And that’s not even counting dozens of packets of fresh herbs we gave out to teachers and staff today. Happy holidays, everyone!
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We are hovering at 980 pounds donated to local food pantries this year, but if we manage to nudge these tomatoes along, I think we will top 1000 easily. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Wow. I wish you 20 pounds more x 10! Congratulations.

That is a wonderful donation for this year!

Closed the garden with two great groups of volunteers today. Thanks to Deloitte and Girl Scout troop number 60031 for all their help this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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No Workday Saturday
It’s muddy out there.
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After rain all day today, we are planning to sleep in tomorrow instead of wrangling the garden close out tasks in the mud.

We are SO EXCITED to have Troop 648 in the garden this morning working on an Eagle Scout project. Phase I: assemble and fill our new wheelchair-accessible raised beds. We’ve been working to make this quadrant of our garden wheelchair accessible for several years, starting with replacing our mulch path with a gravel path and teaching area, a previous year’s Eagle Project.Image attachmentImage attachment

We are SO EXCITED to have Troop 648 in the garden this morning working on an Eagle Scout project. Phase I: assemble and fill our new wheelchair-accessible raised beds. We’ve been working to make this quadrant of our garden wheelchair accessible for several years, starting with replacing our mulch path with a gravel path and teaching area, a previous year’s Eagle Project. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bees on the lavender

We bought this pump sprayer for about $12 halfway through the summer and it made it SO MUCH EASIER to spray the milk and water mixture we use for powdery mildew on the squash. Best $12 all summer!

Working with HS students who’ve been involved with the garden since they were in 6th grade.

That our plants are healthy enough in October to compost them— and that we will have enough compost in a couple of weeks for our new table-height wheelchair accessible garden beds.

Beautiful zinnias!

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A quiet but productive workday today, where we gave away a flat of strawberries to one of the local elementary school gardens, pulled out the last of the squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins, and planted bok choy and kale to replace them. We even started to take up the irrigation system. We are definitely winding down for the season. #schoolgarden #fallgarden #volunteer

A quiet but productive workday today, where we gave away a flat of strawberries to one of the local elementary school gardens, pulled out the last of the squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins, and planted bok choy and kale to replace them. We even started to take up the irrigation system. We are definitely winding down for the season. #schoolgarden #fallgarden #volunteer ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

We’ve got another hour and a half at the Harvest Festival. We’re out of pumpkin and zucchini bread, but we still have lots more pumpkin spice and zucchini chocolate chip cookies. We are celebrating donating over 900 pounds of produce to local food pantries this season. @afacfeeds #plotagainsthunger #schoolgarden #harvestfestival #apsisawesome ... See MoreSee Less

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Good job, you all! Love this.

Come see us Thursday evening at the Harvest Festival, where we will be giving away seeds from our pollinator garden. #schoolgarden #harvestfestival #nativeplants #seedsavingImage attachment

Come see us Thursday evening at the Harvest Festival, where we will be giving away seeds from our pollinator garden. #schoolgarden #harvestfestival #nativeplants #seedsaving ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we thinned our strawberry plants to sell at the Harvest Festival Thursday evening. We were fortunate to get help from a four-year-old gardener, her mom, and her grandmother to repot the baby plants. Come see the garden table on Thursday to pick up some native pollinator seed packets harvested by our garden club, zucchini chocolate chip and pumpkin spice cookies, and a strawberry plant or two. #schoolgarden #harvestfestival #nativeplants #outdoorlearning

Today we thinned our strawberry plants to sell at the Harvest Festival Thursday evening. We were fortunate to get help from a four-year-old gardener, her mom, and her grandmother to repot the baby plants. Come see the garden table on Thursday to pick up some native pollinator seed packets harvested by our garden club, zucchini chocolate chip and pumpkin spice cookies, and a strawberry plant or two. #schoolgarden #harvestfestival #nativeplants #outdoorlearning ... See MoreSee Less

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Garden Club students packaged up seeds harvested from our native pollinator garden to give away at the Harvest Festival on Thursday. #schoolgarden #pollinatorgarden #nativeplantsImage attachment

Garden Club students packaged up seeds harvested from our native pollinator garden to give away at the Harvest Festival on Thursday. #schoolgarden #pollinatorgarden #nativeplants ... See MoreSee Less

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Cool! What kind of flowers/plants are these?

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