GW Community Garden

GW Community Garden GWCG’s mission is to create a thriving communal fruit and vegetable garden.

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 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 $25 per person/family.

Mission: GWCG’s mission is to create a thriving communal fruit and vegetable garden. The garden will be a source of the highest quality and freshest organic local produce, will provide opportunities for education of community members, and will be an aesthetic enhancement for the benefit of local citizens

Operating as usual

Today’s harvest, the big #eggplant found by my helper #peppers #tomatoes #groundcherries #yellowwaxbeans
09/06/2020

Today’s harvest, the big #eggplant found by my helper #peppers #tomatoes #groundcherries #yellowwaxbeans

Spotted at the garden today 🥰 #locallygrown
09/06/2020

Spotted at the garden today 🥰 #locallygrown

Today’s harvest, enjoyed freshly picked at the garden.
08/30/2020

Today’s harvest, enjoyed freshly picked at the garden.

Lovely Sunday morning at the garden. #zinnias #sunflowers #peppers #squash  @ GW Community Garden
08/30/2020

Lovely Sunday morning at the garden. #zinnias #sunflowers #peppers #squash @ GW Community Garden

Summer flowers and peppers on a hot summer day #sunflowers #zinnias #peppers #communitygarden  @ GW Community Garden
08/23/2020

Summer flowers and peppers on a hot summer day #sunflowers #zinnias #peppers #communitygarden @ GW Community Garden

Blackberries, flowers, and summer veggies in the works! #communitygarden #locallygrown  @ GW Community Garden
08/15/2020

Blackberries, flowers, and summer veggies in the works! #communitygarden #locallygrown @ GW Community Garden

Summer flowers, peppers, flowering garlic chives, blackberries, and future eggplant and cucumbers! #locallygrown #commun...
08/09/2020

Summer flowers, peppers, flowering garlic chives, blackberries, and future eggplant and cucumbers! #locallygrown #communitygarden @ GW Community Garden

Today’s harvest 🥰 #peppersfordays #accidentalcarrots from weeding #cannellinibeans #tomatoes my little garden helper did...
08/02/2020

Today’s harvest 🥰 #peppersfordays #accidentalcarrots from weeding #cannellinibeans #tomatoes my little garden helper didn’t eat #gardengreens @ Del Ray, Alexandria

Sunday garden finds. #blackberries #peppers #gardenflowers #locallygrown #communitygardening  @ GW Community Garden
08/02/2020

Sunday garden finds. #blackberries #peppers #gardenflowers #locallygrown #communitygardening @ GW Community Garden

Picking blackberries in this heat is hard work but rewarding! Summer vegetables are coming in nicely as well #peppers🌶 #...
07/25/2020

Picking blackberries in this heat is hard work but rewarding! Summer vegetables are coming in nicely as well #peppers🌶 #eggplant🍆 #tomatoes🍅 @ GW Community Garden

Hot afternoon at the garden, but the #greens and #blackberries are worth it. #locallygrown #communitygarden #coollittleh...
07/18/2020

Hot afternoon at the garden, but the #greens and #blackberries are worth it. #locallygrown #communitygarden #coollittlehelper @ GW Community Garden

Things looking great at the garden! #blackberries #zucchini #peppers #basil #groundcherries #cannellinibeans #teardropto...
07/11/2020

Things looking great at the garden! #blackberries #zucchini #peppers #basil #groundcherries #cannellinibeans #teardroptomatoes #localharvest @ GW Community Garden

Flowers seen today at #gwcommunitygarden #🌸🌼
07/11/2020

Flowers seen today at #gwcommunitygarden #🌸🌼

Today’s garden haul 🥕#carrots #zucchini #greens #locallygrown
07/05/2020

Today’s garden haul 🥕#carrots #zucchini #greens #locallygrown

July’s looking good at the garden. Newest edition: compost bin! #summersquash #blackberriesalmostready #composting #comm...
07/05/2020

July’s looking good at the garden. Newest edition: compost bin! #summersquash #blackberriesalmostready #composting #communitygardening @ GW Community Garden

Summer’s here! Hot afternoon at the garden, but things are looking good, and esp those #blackberries 😍  #cranberrybeans ...
06/21/2020

Summer’s here! Hot afternoon at the garden, but things are looking good, and esp those #blackberries 😍 #cranberrybeans #flowers #bees #locallygrown #communitygardening @ GW Community Garden

Beautiful Sunday at the #communitygarden. Green beans coming in, and will relish the last of the sugar snap peas. #growl...
06/14/2020

Beautiful Sunday at the #communitygarden. Green beans coming in, and will relish the last of the sugar snap peas. #growlocal #fencingisup #gosquashgo @ GW Community Garden

More shots of the garden, with a little helper and today’s harvest 🥰 #sugarsnappeas #garlic #locallygrown #littlegardenh...
06/07/2020

More shots of the garden, with a little helper and today’s harvest 🥰 #sugarsnappeas #garlic #locallygrown #littlegardenhelper @ GW Community Garden

Garden looking beautiful on a lovely Sunday. Can’t wait for all future harvests! #communitygardening  @ GW Community Gar...
06/07/2020

Garden looking beautiful on a lovely Sunday. Can’t wait for all future harvests! #communitygardening @ GW Community Garden

Spotted at the garden today: #babyapples #snappeas #babysquashes #beepollinatingblackberries #favaandpeaharvest #garlics...
05/30/2020

Spotted at the garden today: #babyapples #snappeas #babysquashes #beepollinatingblackberries #favaandpeaharvest #garlicscapes @ GW Community Garden

Snap peas, fava beans and more herbs! 🥰 Green beans, summer squash and blackberries looking good. #cantwait #eatlocalgro...
05/24/2020

Snap peas, fava beans and more herbs! 🥰 Green beans, summer squash and blackberries looking good. #cantwait #eatlocalgrown #communitygardening @ GW Community Garden

Snap peas, fava beans and more herbs! 🥰 Green beans, summer squash and blackberries looking good. #cantwait #eatlocalgro...
05/24/2020

Snap peas, fava beans and more herbs! 🥰 Green beans, summer squash and blackberries looking good. #cantwait #eatlocalgrown #communitygardening @ GW Community Garden

Snap peas, fava beans and more herbs! 🥰 Green beans, summer squash and blackberries looking good. #cantwait #eatlocalgro...
05/24/2020

Snap peas, fava beans and more herbs! 🥰 Green beans, summer squash and blackberries looking good. #cantwait #eatlocalgrown #communitygardening @ GW Community Garden

Last week was like winter but this week is like summer! 🌞 thank you to the members planting the summer plants and keepin...
05/16/2020

Last week was like winter but this week is like summer! 🌞 thank you to the members planting the summer plants and keeping the garden looking great! #blackberries #favabeans #basil #pepperplants #tomatoplants @ GW Community Garden

Beautiful day at the garden, despite the chilly weather. Protective measures taken for some of the summer plants for the...
05/09/2020

Beautiful day at the garden, despite the chilly weather. Protective measures taken for some of the summer plants for the 30 degree weather in May! 😳❄️ @ GW Community Garden

Garden is looking great! Members have been busy planting and greens are looking wonderful. #lavender #broccolirabe #spin...
05/03/2020

Garden is looking great! Members have been busy planting and greens are looking wonderful. #lavender #broccolirabe #spinach #kale #sugarsnappeas #zucchini #lemongrass #springharvest #saladfordinner @ GW Community Garden

Shout out from ACPS Children’s Learning Gardens! 🙌🍠😊
04/30/2020

Shout out from ACPS Children’s Learning Gardens! 🙌🍠😊

Thanks to the George Washington Middle Community Gardner’s for caring for the GW Children’s Garden Clubs raised beds are well cared for! We are sharing our Spring Sweet Potato Slip project with them and they will make sure the slips get planted for a fall harvest! This will also keep the soil healthy for future planting. To assist in our efforts reach out to Volunteer Alexandria!
https://twitter.com/volalex/status/1255654030833070080?s=21

Things are looking wonderful for spring greens! Thank you to all the members tending the community garden and staying sa...
04/20/2020

Things are looking wonderful for spring greens! Thank you to all the members tending the community garden and staying safe. The garden has never been better weeded 🤗 #pakchoi #spinach #sugarsnappeas #redrussiankale #radishes #futurestrawberries #lavendar

Saturday visit to the garden. Up close and personal with #kale #favabeans #garlic and new editions to the #herbgarden (t...
04/12/2020

Saturday visit to the garden. Up close and personal with #kale #favabeans #garlic and new editions to the #herbgarden (thanks @shlagelfarms and @delrayfarmersmarket)

Garden looking great thanks to all the member stopping by! #communitygarden #daffodils #strawberryplant #favabeans #herb...
04/04/2020

Garden looking great thanks to all the member stopping by! #communitygarden #daffodils #strawberryplant #favabeans #herbgarden @ GW Community Garden

Lovely spring Saturday at the #commuitygarden 🥰 #daffodils #❤️springflowers #sugarsnappeas #growbabygrow🌱
03/15/2020

Lovely spring Saturday at the #commuitygarden 🥰 #daffodils #❤️springflowers #sugarsnappeas #growbabygrow🌱

Lovely afternoon at the garden! Daffodils blooming, good member turn out, a before and after of the strawberry bed, and ...
03/08/2020

Lovely afternoon at the garden! Daffodils blooming, good member turn out, a before and after of the strawberry bed, and how the kids contributed 😂 #communitygarden #teamwork #daffodils #strawberrybed @ GW Community Garden

Happy Spring Cleaning! Thank you to all the returning members and new members to joined us for the spring clean up! Look...
02/24/2020

Happy Spring Cleaning! Thank you to all the returning members and new members to joined us for the spring clean up! Looking forward to the next session in 2 weeks, and possibly some daffodils 🌼 @ GW Community Garden

01/30/2020

Hi everyone! We're starting planning for the 2020 growing season. If you're interested in being a member this year, you are welcome to join us at the GW Community Garden kick off meeting at 1:00pm on Sunday, February 9th, at the Duncan Library in Del Ray. Hope to see you there!

Sunday garden clean up and last of the harvest. Garden is looking good for next season! Thanks to all the 2019 garden me...
11/04/2019

Sunday garden clean up and last of the harvest. Garden is looking good for next season! Thanks to all the 2019 garden members 💚 #greens #gourds #greentomatoesnotpictured

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Alexandria, VA
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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.


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Went by this afternoon and did some weeding and took a few photos of the growing progress
Things are starting to grow at the Garden!
Harvest from the garden today. Get some soon before the birds eat more of them!
Garden watered and grass cut thanks to Rebecca Cooper! Happy 4th!
Garden watered and grass cut thanks to Rebecca Cooper! Happy 4th!