Welcome to the Jefferson Garden!
HOLD THE DATE: The Jefferson Garden will host a community-wide kick-off on Saturday, April 25, 2015! From 10a-1p we'll plant lettuce for our June L2L4L (Lawns to Lettuce for Lunch) event (free salad for everyone during lunch), prep and plant our Jefferson Butterfly Garden (did you know Monarch butterflies are nearing extinction?!), finish our "MASH" signs pointing to all the wonderful countries represented in Jefferson's diverse population of learners and lots of other fun activities! Students, families and community members of all ages are welcome! We hope Arlington School Board and County Board members will also join the fun and help make a difference! Mark your calendar to JOIN US!
Donations to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC):
**Over 1,500 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruit**
GARDEN HOURS - STUDENTS EARN COMMUNITY AND SERVICE HOURS!!
Did you know students earn community and service hours when working IN or FOR the garden?? Check back for regular garden hours April-October!
We look forward to getting the garden going again in the spring! We'll kick-off on Saturday, April 25th from 10a-1p so mark your calendar! See above "Hold the Date" for details.
Remember, you're always invited to taste/take something home in return for your help
! Students get community and service hours and have FUN
while they're doing it - AND make a meaningful difference for themselves and their community!
Our garden produce helps feed Arlington
families through donations to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) - come help make a difference!
Would you like the garden to grow a certain vegetable or fruit you would like to use at home?
Have ideas or want to get involved? We want to hear from you! Contact, Marney Michalowski, PTA Garden Committee Chair, email@example.com
JEFFERSON GARDEN IN THE PRESS!
Check us out!
- INSIDENOVA, December 9, 2014 (letter to the Editor from the garden's founding farmers to save the garden!)
- The Washington Post/Kid's Post, November 2, 2014 (our youth gardeners are hungry to help!)
- Arlington Magazine, September-October 2014 (the garden is working its magic!)
APS Green Scene
, June 14, 2013 (students,
families, faculty, staff and community members create the
garden's master design!)
You can also follow the garden on Facebook - LIKE us!
GARDEN DESIGN IS HERE!
Nancy Striniste designed a beautiful and vibrant plan inspired from input by our students, faculty, staff and community. This big-picture, long-term vision features outdoor classrooms, picnic tables, oven, international gardens, amphitheater, fruit trees, pond, rainwater harvesting/exchange systems, accessible raised beds, earth loom, high tunnel, enchanting entrances...lots of potential for enhancing student learning and activity, extending our growing season and fostering community in our garden. The plan is on display in the sitting area of the office. Check it out here, too! You can also view Nancy's presentation, including photos that bring the design elements alive! Stay tuned to provide input on which features you would like to see built in the short-term, mid-term and long-term...and if you would like to help make it happen, contact Marney Michalowski, PTA Garden Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is SO much potential to enhance and feed our young people and our community
academically, physically, socially and emotionally - be a part of it! Read more...and more.
SURVEY COMING SOON! Look for a survey in February/March 2015 on what new feature(s) from our master plan students, staff and families would like the PTA to focus on building in the garden!
THANK YOU JEFFERSON PTA GARDEN COMMITTEE!!
Patty/John Adair, Kassahun Benti, Meryl Corshen, Julie Dickson, Susan DuBois, Laura Estrada, Jill Flack, Grainne Humphries, Margaret McGilvray/Dan Redmond, Suzanne Mendez, Marney/Mark Michalowski, Betsy/Greg Morse, Susan Nguyen, Betsy Robinson, Susan Schlimme, Jennifer Schoen, Nakeesha Seneb, Susan Spranger, Cemma Tatem, Liz Tefera, Shahira Tewfik, Patricia VandeMeulebroecke, Cristina Zarate-Byers/Bob Byers, Mariia Zimmerman
If you would like to help make a difference IN and OUT of the garden (many types of opportunities to help!), please join us!
For more information about the PTA Garden Committee check out the link at the top of this page (upper left).
Check out lots of garden photos and news
on Facebook - LIKE us!