Gardening at the Old Soldiers’ Home

Earlier this year I announced that there was a community gardening opportunity at the Old Soldiers’ Home. I’m happy to report that there was a good response to this opportunity — in which community members are paired with AFRH residents to work garden plots side-by-side.

Thus far, I’ve observed two things (even though the season has just begun) … 1) Working with and getting to know the AFRH residents is both rewarding and interesting; and, 2) Even though the garden is just a few yards inside the fence from Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place, there is definitely a very rural feeling on the other side of the fence. It is very easy to forget you are in the heart of D.C. when you are gardening there.

Below are a couple of photographs taken while AFRH residents and the outside community put up fencing to protect the gardens from the deer.


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6 Comments on “Gardening at the Old Soldiers’ Home”

  1. Ross Says:

    Kent- I reached out to AFRH after your original post and never heard back. I’m still interested in getting involved. Any way I can? Thanks, Ross

  2. John H. Says:

    Ross, AFRH stopped taking applicants for this year after they got more than enough volunteers to pair with residents. There are lots of other ways to volunteer though through Friends of the Soldiers Home.


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