- County partnership yields 40 new community garden plots
- Adds 9,900 sq. ft. of gardens at Four Mile Run
- Meets a goal of 2013 Urban Agriculture Task Force
The Four Mile Run Community Garden will grow by 9,900 sq. ft. – and 40 Arlington gardeners – due to an agreement approved today by the Arlington County Board with Northern Virginia Regional Parks and Dominion Power.
“What a great example of thinking outside the box to find solutions,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “This is a win-win for everyone. Not only will the County be able to provide more garden plots, the space is currently overrun with invasive plants, which will be removed when the garden is built by Parks and Recreation staff.”
The agreement is ongoing as long as the gardens do not impact users along the W&OD Trail.
Community gardens in Arlington
Arlington County currently has seven community gardens. These gardens are run on a daily basis by the individual garden associations with their own set of bylaws — although County rules and regulations must be observed. Each association has a chief gardener who serves as the point of contact with the County. Currently there are about 350 gardeners on the waitlist for a plot. Expanding the number of community gardens was a recommendation of the County’s Urban Agriculture Initiative.
To read the staff report on this project, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #8 on the Regular Agenda for the February 21, 2015 Board Meeting. For more information on Arlington’s community gardens, visit www.arlingtonva.us, search “community gardens.”