VCE to Sponsor Symposium on Urban Agriculture

*VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION*

*ARLINGTON COUNTY OFFICE*

Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington VA 22206

Telephone 703-228-6400

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2015*

Contact: Kirsten Buhls, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent (
kbuhls@vt.edu*)*

*VCE to Sponsor Symposium on Urban Agriculture*

In recognition of National Urban Agriculture Month, the Arlington County
Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a Symposium on Urban
Agriculture on Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairlington
Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington.

Dr. Marcus Comer of the Virginia State University Department of Agriculture
and Natural Resources will be the keynote speaker. His talk will explore
the lessons learned from his work with Petersburg’s Harding Street Urban
Agriculture Center.

The symposium will open with a session on government-supported initiatives
for urban agriculture; it will focus on how space-challenged cities are
accommodating their residents’ increasing interest in growing their own
food. Several breakout sessions will follow, featuring panel discussions or
presentations on community gardens, making the most of site conditions in
small-space gardens, microgreens and mushroom production and growing food
without soil, faith-based community gardening, how to increase tree canopy
and grow edible fruit in urban gardens, and Love and Carrots, a business
model for promoting home food production in small spaces.

In addition to VCE, the symposium is supported by the Arlington Food
Assistance Center, the Garden Whisperer, George Mason University, Master
Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington), and VSU.

An advance registration fee of $10 covers materials, snacks and
refreshments. The fee is $12 on the day of the symposium. Advance
registration is requested. More information and a registration form are
available at *mgnv.org <http://mgnv.org>*; click on the link
http://bit.ly/urbanagsymposium.

Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.