Plotting Against Hunger

The Plot Against Hunger, a committee of the Arlington Food Assistance Center, has partnered with Arlington’s Central Library and other organizations to create a demonstration garden on the library grounds.  This year we have a new sign, courtesy of Martin Ogle of Potomac Overlook Park.  Some volunteers gathered to deepen a square foot gardening container, weed, harvest, and water Sunday evening.

Gathering for work. Photo by Andrew Nuckols.

We harvested squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, corn, and okra for AFAC, enjoyed fresh gazpacho courtesy of Puwen Lee, and a lovely carrot and kohlrabi salad from Becky Halbe as a reward for our labors. We also set ladybugs loose in the garden.

A new gardener learns about ladybugs.

The Plot works with schools, faith communities, and community organizations to promote gardening as an art, science, and source of fresh food.  It is part of a three pronged AFAC program to increase donations of fresh vegetables that includes gleaning, pick-ups of donations from farm market vendors, and working with community and individual gardeners, schools, and other organizations to plant gardens for AFAC or donate excess produce.

Ladybug up close.

For an idea of the breadth of the program, see the Plot’s web site here. You’ll also see information about the library garden there or you can check out the library’s own blog on the garden.  If gardening isn’t your thing, AFAC has many other programs and you can check them out at

Stop by the library and check out the garden.  The sign will tell you about upcoming talks, week day evenings.

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