TJMS Community Garden Volunteer Policy

Community volunteers help TJMS meet the needs of S. Arlington families with our produce donations to local food pantries. We can't do it without you! In the 2023 garden season, we donated over fifteen hundred pounds of fresh produce from the garden. It was a lot of work, and we couldn't have done it without our volunteers.

TJ families, neighbors, and community volunteers are invited to join us on Saturday mornings from 10:00am to noon. It's a great opportunity to get fresh air, learn about gardening, and spend time with our friends and neighbors. All ages are welcome, but children under 6th grade must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No need to sign up, just show up ready to garden. Wear sunscreeen and weather and mud appropriate clothes and shoes, and bring a water bottle. We will have gloves and tools to use.

We also welcome corporate volunteer workdays, National Honor Society volunteers, scout troops, and any other volunteer group that would like to join us. If you're interested in setting up a special workday just for your group, please send an email to tjmsoutside@gmail.com.

Parking:

If you need accessible parking, set your map address to: 125 S Old Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22204

Additional parking is available at the TJ Community Center, so set your map address to: 3501 2nd St S, Arlington, VA 22204

See the map below for how to find the parking lots and how to walk to the garden:

Map to the TJ Garden with parking noted

Volunteer News and Pictures

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Mulching, spraying milk-water for powdery mildew (already!), and taking out the last of the snap peas. A peaceful volunteer workday in the garden. The weather is perfect! #schoolgarden

Mulching, spraying milk-water for powdery mildew (already!), and taking out the last of the snap peas. A peaceful volunteer workday in the garden. The weather is perfect! #schoolgarden ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Thanks to Energix Renewables for their work in the garden this morning. We got at least a month’s worth of work done in two hours, including resurfacing our ADA-compliant garden pathway. #volunteer #schoolgarden #plotagainsthunger @arlingtonfoua ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

We had quite a productive day with our Senior Experience and Garden Club students. We placed more landscape cloth, planted cucumbers, cleared out bolted kale, and planted Trail of Tears beans. We also made a lot of progress thinning out the pollinator garden. #schoolgarden #plotagainsthunger #pollinatorgarden #nativeplants #volunteer ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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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3 weeks 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

3 weeks ago

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

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

1 month ago

Comment on Facebook

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

1 month ago

Comment on Facebook

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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1 month ago

GARDEN WORKDAY CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
SEE YOU NEXT SATURDAY INSTEAD
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1 month 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

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