Today’s harvest, the big #eggplant found by my helper #peppers #tomatoes #groundcherries #yellowwaxbeans
GWCG’s mission is to create a thriving communal fruit and vegetable garden.
1005 Mt Vernon Ave
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Our History In the fall of 2009, Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka began an initiative to increase local food awareness, production and consumption. Establishing more community gardens (in addition to existing) was set as a priority. The Rosemont and Del Ray neighborhoods were picked as pilot neighborhoods due to high community interest. Samantha Ahdoot and Travis Hester assumed responsibility for coordinating a combined Rosemont/Del Ray Community Garden. The GW Plot was chosen with the help of then ACPS Garden Coordinator Wendy Sparrow. A group of approximately twenty interested citizens was identified and a committee formed by January 2010. Master gardeners from VA Cooperative Extension were identified to advise the group. A formal relationship was established with City of Alexandria Parks and Recreation in February 2010. Today The GW Community Garden is located on the grounds of George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, VA. We have 11 large and 5 small beds to grow veggies and herbs. It is a cooperative garden so all members participate in growing, watering, and weeding all areas. We share the garden area with GW students and teachers who use the garden in their coursework. All members are required to attend a few work parties a year–these events are where we all get together to take on the big garden duties: cleaning up, mulching, composting, prepping the beds and other tasks where a big group is helpful and more fun! During the summer (once regular watering, weeding, and harvesting are necessary), we have 3 regularly scheduled 2-hour work sessions a week. Members are asked to attend at least 2 to 3 work sessions a month. Everything we grow is divided among the members. Yearly dues are $40 per person/family.