Local:

  • Arlington’s Farmers Markets – there’s a Farmers Market open every day of the week in Arlington, except for Mondays. Find Farmers Markets and CSAs all over the country through Local Harvest.
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center ‘Plot Against Hunger’ – Plant an extra row (or more) of vegetables in your backyard garden, or just contribute your surplus bounty! AFAC volunteers have taken the lead in planting the Central Library’s vegetable garden.
  • Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment – resource for public education about the local environment and for volunteer involvement in environmental improvement efforts.
  • Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia – Offering membership, classes and information on beekeeping in the Metro DC area, including the Beltway Bees wiki.
  • DC Area Famers Markets – map from WashingtonPost.com, April 2010.
  • DC Crop Mob “People for the Potomac” blog – A crop mob is a group of landless, and wannabe farmers who come together to build and empower communities by working side by side. Working with farms that are devoted to growing with Nature and engage in “beyond organic” farming practices, once a month the DC Crop Mob People for the Potomac heads out to a local organic farm to take part in that day’s work.  DC Crop Mob welcomes all who desire to have fun while learning or sharing knowledge about organic farming and gardening in the DC area.   They also have a facebook page.
  • DC Environmental Film Festival – From March 16-28, the 18th annual Festival presents 155 diverse and thought-provoking films, including 66 Washington, D.C., United States and World premieres, that celebrate the wonder of the natural world and illuminate the growing challenges to life on earth.
  • Food for Thought – a new blog from Arlington County’s AVN department, “covering local restaurants, farmers markets, coffee shops, grocery stores, culinary classes and so much more.”
  • Going Green DC – a blog that covers sustainable living in the DC area, local green events, local green shopping, innovative green businesses, sustainable local cuisine/restaurants, and green community projects.
  • The History (and Mystery) of the Universe at Arena Stage, May 28 – July 4, 2010- Does humanity have a chance to survive on Spaceship Earth? Explore this question with Renaissance man R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome.
  • Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia – Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) is an organization of volunteers who work with the staff of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to encourage and promote environmentally sound gardening practices.
  • Metro DC Locavores – “an eclectic health and environmentally conscious social group with an insatiable appetite for delicious, fresh, local, organic food. All those interested in striving to make a difference in the environment in practical ways, to help support local farmers and agriculture, to determine local & organic food sources, and to become more aware and involved in the movement while enjoying great company and great cuisine at the same time are welcome.”
  • The People’s Garden Project – The USDA’s demonstration garden, located at 12th & Jefferson SW in Washington DC, is designed to provide a sampling of their efforts throughout the world as well as teach others how to nurture, maintain and protect a healthy landscape.
  • Potomac Overlook Regional Park – 70 acres of peaceful woodland, trails, educational gardens, a small picnic area and a Nature Center. The Nature Center features brand new exhibits called the “Energerium”, offering visitors a fun and accessible way to learn energy basics and ways they can help create sustainable energy solutions.
  • Save our Food -Is an organization of the Virginia Farm Bureau designed “to educate consumers about the foods they eat and encourage everyone to seek out and enjoy all of the delicious locally grown foods available. It’s the first, and most important, step anyone can take toward supporting Virginia agriculture and helping to ensure that Americans will never become dependent on foreign sources of food.”
  • Slow Food Washington DC – an educational organization dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production; to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture, and community, to the invigoration and proliferation of regional, seasonal culinary traditions.
  • UrbanTrekker – a website which tracks urban, green living, sustainability, transportation, economic developments, and housing trends in the Nation & Washington DC region
  • Virgina Tech Farms and Field Project – a blog set up by the sustainability coordinator for dining services at Virginia Tech, to educate students, faculty, and staff (and whoever else wants to read!) on the importance of supporting sustainable food systems. The blog hasn’t been updated since May 2009, but is still fascinating to read.

Arlington County Government

Department of Environmental Services:

  • AIRE – Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions
  • CEP – On January 1, 2010, Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette announced that the County will expand its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by developing an Arlington Community Energy Plan (CEP).  The County will hold the first Community Energy Town Hall Meeting April 17, 2010 from 2pm – 5pm at the Washington-Lee High School Commons Room – come and share your thoughts on energy issues in our community.

Career Center:

  • Little Green House – A mobile exhibit on how to build “green,” built of recycled and environmentally friendly materials by Arlington Career Center students. The Little Green House will be the featured attraction at the “Green Living Expo” on March 20, 2010, at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd, (near Ballston Metro).

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources:

More interesting links….

  • Victory Gardens during World War II – The history of Victory Gardens, from The Wessels Living History Farm in York, Nebraska
  • Revive the Victory Garden – a site devoted to helping people everywhere to grow their own food
  • Urban Chickens – Chickens living in big cities.
  • Fenway Victory Gardens – the nation’s last remaining of the original victory gardens created nationwide during World War II, in the shadow of Fenway Park.
  • bk farmyards – a Brooklyn based decentralized farming network providing local food to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels and offering local jobs to boost the economy.
  • Real People Eat Local – a website created by two Maryland women, to help others find resources for eating local.
  • Nature Conservancy – A “conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people,” and located here in Arlington.