The TJMS Community Garden 2023 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 10 AM to noon 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.

Garden videos:

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Bees on zinnias!

Bees on zinnias!

We had too many squash, zucchini, and tomatoes to fit in a photo this morning it needed a video!

Video description: squash, zucchini, and tomatoes on top of the school garden fence, ready to be packed up for donation to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). It will take us well over 400 pounds so far for the year.

We had too many squash, zucchini, and tomatoes to ...

Summer morning garden tour

Summer morning garden tour

A quick tour of our flowers before today’s rain!

A quick tour of our flowers before today’s r...

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Our first unofficial garden workday— the three garden managers hanging out and transplanting kale, weeding, and turning compost. Soon we will be welcoming all of our wonderful volunteers back to the garden for the 2024 growing season! #schoolgarden #communitygarden #wintergarden #kale #compost ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

No morning workday Saturday ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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We are SO CLOSE to done with the garden— only the ground cloths to take in for the winter. Stay tuned to FB for alerts on whether we will try to finish this off this weekend.

The weather’s gorgeous, meet us in the garden 9-11am. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

We will be at the garden for the Harvest festival until 9pm, so drop by for a pumpkin or basil cookie or some zucchini bread and a chat with a Master Naturalist, or one of our gardeners. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago
Getting ready for the Harvest Festival by setting up the gateway arch and moving lots of mulch!Image attachment

Getting ready for the Harvest Festival by setting up the gateway arch and moving lots of mulch! ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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Wow! Lots of work with wonderful results!

It’s a most wonderful program

I wish I could help

We are SO CLOSE to our goal for the year. Were at 1496 pounds donated to AFAC so far this year, and we expect to meet our goal of 1,500 pounds by our Harvest Festival on Thursday. In this graph, you can see our harvests from 2019 (620 pounds for the year) to 2023-- you can really appreciate the hard work and great volunteers weve had in the last few years and see the value theyve brought to the garden. Special thanks to Enid Louise Dunbar and Kaila Moz and other TJMS teacher volunteers whove shown up in the garden regularly for months! We couldnt do it without you. 🥰

We are SO CLOSE to our goal for the year. We're at 1496 pounds donated to AFAC so far this year, and we expect to meet our goal of 1,500 pounds by our Harvest Festival on Thursday. In this graph, you can see our harvests from 2019 (620 pounds for the year) to 2023-- you can really appreciate the hard work and great volunteers we've had in the last few years and see the value they've brought to the garden. Special thanks to Enid Louise Dunbar and Kaila Moz and other TJMS teacher volunteers who've shown up in the garden regularly for months! We couldn't do it without you. 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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I wish I could help. My g’daughters will be there in a few years.

We are ON for tomorrow morning's 9-11AM Garden Workday ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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The forecast for rain tomorrow morning is under 50% and dropping, so we're going to call it for meeting in the garden tomorrow morning. We'll update the page if the weather gets worse, so stay tuned!

I wish I could be there.

Weather Alert: We might shift Saturday's workday earlier to avoid rain.
Watch this space!
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5 months ago

Workday CANCELLED due to rain ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago
Garden workday cancelled Saturday due to weather.

Garden workday cancelled Saturday due to weather. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

Mid-September pollinator garden tour. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago
It was a good day to go to Garden Club! 

Image descriptions: a watermelon with “Garden Club 9-14” written on it and the watermelon cut in half, looking deliciously juicy and full of seeds. 

Sad you missed your chance? We will be cutting another watermelon tomorrow morning at our workday. See you there.Image attachment

It was a good day to go to Garden Club!

Image descriptions: a watermelon with “Garden Club 9-14” written on it and the watermelon cut in half, looking deliciously juicy and full of seeds.

Sad you missed your chance? We will be cutting another watermelon tomorrow morning at our workday. See you there.
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5 months ago
The weather projection is glorious for this weekend— see you Saturday morning 9-11 for the garden workday.

The weather projection is glorious for this weekend— see you Saturday morning 9-11 for the garden workday. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

No way! We say “haha, we got to sleep in instead of going back to the garden to water new transplants.” It’s a glorious full rain to shore up our sadly underwatered vegetables. Just imagine how big the okra will be by tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago
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