The Jefferson Garden

Welcome to the Jefferson Garden!

A portion of our produce goes to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC):
Over 2,000 pounds of fresh
vegetables and fruit donated


Join us in the garden every week: 
Fridays: 2:30-4p after school

Interested in helping TJ students in the garden on Friday afternoons? Everybody at TJ who volunteers with students needs to fill out a Volunteer Form. Here are form downloads and easy instructions for filling out the form online.


WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE GARDEN?

Great things!!!

  • Our teachers use the garden as an outdoor learning space – victory garden, butterfly/pollinator garden, bug motel, and outdoor classroom (have a seat in the “Magnolia Room”) to explore lessons around math, geography, art, English and more!
  • Our Fall Festival will be held on the evening of Thursday, October 26th from 6-9p!  Families and community members are invited to come enjoy a night under the stars around the garden – this wonderful evening features music by Jefferson’s choir, orchestra, and band along with seasonal snacks (apples, pumpkin bread, and popcorn) and an outdoor movie!
  • Lawns2Lettuce4Lunch is planted in April and served in June – Jefferson grown lettuces are enjoyed by all during lunch!
  • Fresh produce donations to AFAC – nearly 2,000 pounds have been donated, to date!
  • We celebrate Jefferson’s diverse population of learners – check out the hand-painted signposts that highlight the MANY countries represented at Jefferson (including one Native American tribe) and the wide variety of vegetables and fruits that are grown in the Jefferson Garden (have you seen a 20 lb. Guatemalan Blue Banana Squash?!)!
  • Students, classes, families, and the broader community are always welcome to help out and enjoy the garden! Formal work hours (weed and feed!) are Friday afternoons after school from 2:30-4p and Saturday/Sunday afternoon (weather permitting, times vary)!
  • Lots of connections are made on an individual, class, and community level!

LOTS of great learning is occurring in the Jefferson Garden!

GARDEN HOURS – STUDENTS EARN COMMUNITY AND SERVICE HOURS!

Did you know students earn community and service hours when working IN or FOR the garden??  We’ll be posting regular In the Garden hours here April-October! We also want to meet with students interested in learning the Business of Running a Garden – they can be grant writers, social media specialists, schedulers and learn the skills by partnering with professionals in our community! Have fun, learn a business skill, AND make a difference!

JOIN US:  

  • Fridays  2:30-4p after school

There is lots to do and we welcome ALL ages!  Would you like the garden to grow a certain vegetable or fruit you want to use at home? Have ideas or want to get involved? We want to hear from you! Contact, Reidy Brown, VP, Outdoor Education. 

Check out the photos on the Jefferson Garden Facebook page.

 

JEFFERSON GARDEN IN THE PRESS!

  • 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!)
  • The Jefferson Post, April 2014 (student journalists on outdoor classrooms!)
  • APS Green Scene, June 14, 2013 (students,families, faculty, staff and community members create the garden’s master design!)
  • The Arlington Connection, February 6-12, 2013 (Page 9; the garden grows healthy connections!)


GARDEN DESIGN

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 Reidy Brown, VP, Outdoor Education. There is SO much potential to enhance and feed our young people and our community, physically, academically, socially and emotionally! Be a part of it! Read more.


THANK YOU JEFFERSON PTA GARDEN COMMITTEE!!

If you would like to help make a difference IN and OUT of the garden (many types of opportunities to help!), please join us! Contact Reidy Brown, VP, Outdoor Education.  For more information about the PTA Garden Committee check out the link at the top of this page (upper left).

CONTACT US
Reidy Brown, VP, Outdoor Education – tjmsoutside@gmail.com

John Adair, Chief Gardener – tjms.garden@gmail.com

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