The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will hold introductory meetings for its 2019 “Grasses for the Masses” initiative on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 at the Fairlington Community Center.

Volunteers will grow wild celery grasses from seed in trays submerged in tubs through the late spring, when the grasses will be transported to locations near the Potomac, James, Rappahannock and Chickahominy rivers.

“Underwater grasses are essential to a healthy, vibrant Chesapeake Bay,” said Gabby Troutman, grass-roots coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “The ‘Grasses for the Masses’ program is a fun way for people of all ages to take a hands-on approach to protecting Virginia’s rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.”

There is a cost of $40 per grass-growing kit; an additional introductory meeting will be held on Feb. 11 in Alexandria. For information and registration, see the Website at

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