The TJMS Community Garden 2024 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.

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You know you’re a gardener when getting a truckload of wood chips is the highlight of your day! #schoolgarden #woodchips #volunteers get ready to shovel!

You know you’re a gardener when getting a tr...

Seedling donation from the WL plant sale - Many thanks to the WL plant sale— every year they donate seedlings to the TJMS garden. We grow them and donate the produce to AFAC.

Seedling donation from the WL plant sale

Many thanks to the WL plant sale— every year...

Post-workday garden tour

Post-workday garden tour

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More photos from today’s volunteer workday. We had shady AND sunny garden tasks to work on, so everyone had a chance to rest a bit. #compost #pollinatorgarden #blackberries #volunteer ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

We had a great volunteer workday today— new folks, old friends, so much planting and chatting and mulching and drinking lots of water and hanging shade cloth to protect seedlings. Productive and so much fun! We got almost all of our seedlings in the ground, with only cucumbers left tonight the light table. #volunteering #schoolgarden #squash #zucchini #tomatoes #peas #peppers #plotagainsthunger @arlingtonfoua ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago
The weather is looking great for a productive day in the garden. Join us 10-noon tomorrow at the TJMS community garden to plant squash and cherry tomatoes and harvest our last few strawberries. #volunteer #schoolgarden #spring

The weather is looking great for a productive day in the garden. Join us 10-noon tomorrow at the TJMS community garden to plant squash and cherry tomatoes and harvest our last few strawberries. #volunteer #schoolgarden #spring ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
It was a hot day for our Senior Experience and Garden Club students today, so we took lots of breaks in the shade. We got the pollinator garden weeds diminished, rows mulched, and the squash mounds covered with landscape fabric so they’ll be ready to plant tomorrow morning with our community volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came today! @arlingtonfoua #plotagainsthunger #volunteer #schoolgarden

It was a hot day for our Senior Experience and Garden Club students today, so we took lots of breaks in the shade. We got the pollinator garden weeds diminished, rows mulched, and the squash mounds covered with landscape fabric so they’ll be ready to plant tomorrow morning with our community volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came today! @arlingtonfoua #plotagainsthunger #volunteer #schoolgarden ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Not able to volunteer in the garden this summer? Heres another way to help Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) directly.

Not able to volunteer in the garden this summer? Here's another way to help Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) directly.As summer approaches, many families who depend on school food programs during the academic year face a challenging time. With schools closed and these essential meal services paused, the ability to provide food for their families becomes a pressing issue. In response, many turn to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) for crucial support to help bridge this gap.

You can make a significant impact this Spring and register a #fooddrive to help AFAC provide timely food assistance to the families who face a gap during the summer months when school food programs are not available during the summer months. Together, we can #EndSummerHunger.

Click the link to register a food drive: afac.org/food-drive/

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6 days ago

Thanks to our Deloitte and community volunteers who came out to plant peppers, eggplants, and okra tonight. We are getting closer and closer to fully planted. This weekend we’re coming for the squash and zucchini! #schoolgarden #plotagainsthunger #volunteer #volunteering @arlingtonfoua ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Garden club planting basil, marigolds, and tomatoes. #schoolgarden #tomatoes #spring #summerveggies ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Walking through the pollinator garden on a spring day. So many beautiful flowers. #schoolgarden #pollinatorgarden #nativeplants ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

No Workday Saturday
(It's RAINING AGAIN)
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2 weeks ago

We’ve been lucky at TJ to have been supported by wonderful Silver Award and Eagle Scout projects over the years. We don’t have any big upcoming projects in the near future, but we are sharing this request from the HB school garden via Puwen Lee:

“Are any Arlington Facebook friends who are in contact with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops?

The gardeners at Hoffman-Boston elementary school are looking for help to rebuild and rejuvenate their school's garden beds.

From what I've heard, the project(s) are perfect for either a troop to help as a community service project OR for an Eagle or Gold Medal scout to undertake as their penultimate projects.

Please contact Helen Marcks at Garden HFB PTA <garden@hfbpta.org> for more information.”
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3 weeks ago

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Thank you! I’ll share with BSA Troop 350 !

Thanks for sharing!

Jodi Hevelone Baker

Thanks to our amazing #volunteer gardeners, we had a very productive workday and we’ve actually caught up after missing several days in the garden in recent weeks. Our main rows are turned, compost is added, almost all of our main paths are mulched, bin compost has been turned, pollinator garden has been weeded, and strawberries have been nibbled. Thanks to everyone who came out! #schoolgarden #volunteers #afacfeeds #plotagainsthunger @arlingtonfoua @afacfeeds @official_tjms ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Thrilled my g’daughters will be there in a few years. Keep up the great work. 😊👍

Rainy day Garden Club— up-potting the seedlings and eating fresh-picked strawberries. Join us at the volunteer workday to pick a few more strawberries, weed, and prepare rows for planting these seedlings. #volunteer #Workday #schoolgardenImage attachment

Rainy day Garden Club— up-potting the seedlings and eating fresh-picked strawberries. Join us at the volunteer workday to pick a few more strawberries, weed, and prepare rows for planting these seedlings. #volunteer #Workday #schoolgarden ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Puwen Lee, we are going to have more tomato seedlings than we can use because of all the indoor planting on all our rainy Friday Garden Clubs this Spring! If you know of any other plots still looking (and willing to plant as late as Memorial Day weekend), let us know.

Garden Workday
Saturday 10-noon
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3 weeks ago

GARDEN WORKDAY CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
SEE YOU NEXT SATURDAY INSTEAD
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4 weeks ago
Join us Saturday for our regular volunteer workday with bonus Garden Open House 10-noon

Join us Saturday for our regular volunteer workday with bonus Garden Open House 10-noon ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Get ready to visit the garden...
TJMS Garden Open House
Saturday, May 4, 10-noon
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4 weeks ago
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