In honor of Earth Day, the District’s Department of Energy and Environment will be handing out free packets of native plant seeds. The seeds handed out this year will bloom into white and red flowers and support the habitats of pollinators, like bees and butterflies. In our area, seeds will be handed out at both the Georgia Avenue and Columbia Heights Metro stations.
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City Blossoms — a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources — announced an upcoming seedling sale called Mighty Greens that local gardeners may want to check out. Mighty Greens is a youth-led cooperative business run by students from Cardozo Education Campus and Eastern Senior High School. Mighty Greens combines garden-education with business skills to prepare students for possible next-level careers and job-readiness. Students maintain garden spaces, grow seedlings and produce added-value products, then selling those products and produce back to their communities. There is an information sheet about Mighty Greens below.
Mighty Greens is hosting an upcoming seedling sale and weekly farmer’s market in our neighborhood! All of the money they earn through sales goes back into their pockets and into maintaining and growing their business. They are currently growing spring (kale, collards, swiss chard, lettuce), summer (peppers, tomatoes, basil, cilantro) and flower (calendula, marigolds, zinnias) seedlings.
Spring Seedling Sale:
- Saturday April 15th (10-1pm) at the Girard Children’s Community Garden (1480 Girard Street, NW)
The students at Cardozo Education Campus will also be holding a weekly farmer’s market, selling both seedlings and fresh produce:
- Wednesday April 26th–Wednesday May 31st (3:30-5:30pm) at Cardozo Education Campus (corner of 13th and Clifton)
Love to garden and volunteer?
The Community-Resident Garden at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has garden space available!
The garden provides AFRH Residents and individuals from the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to garden, build friendships, and have fun. The Friends of the Soldiers Home manages the garden in partnership with the AFRH.
Joining the garden entails a volunteer commitment of four hours per month and annual dues of $25. Volunteer duties include mowing the common areas of the garden and helping Residents to plant and weed their gardens.
Community garden plots for new gardeners in 2017 are about 15 feet by 30 feet and are available for growing vegetables and flowers for family and friends (not for commercial use).
Come join us!
For more information contact Sarah Bohl at sarahtrelle(at)gmail(dot)com
For our community gardeners, I’m sharing the following information about a winter class on organic food gardening. I understand that the class is $200 (six classroom sessions plus field trip) with tuition assistance available. More information is below.
Prepare for the 2015 growing season and learn best practices for growing your own food in a way that is good for you, your community, and the land.
This hands-on course takes participants from winter into spring, showing how to reduce frustration and grow a productive, hardy organic food garden. The winter class is taught INDOORS and covers garden design, soil preparation, seed starting, and using grow lights and cold frames. Course includes six evening sessions, a field trip to a winter garden, and a detailed course instruction booklet. Class size is limited, so be sure to register early!
Course starts February 11.
For more information, see the flyer below or visit NFI’s website: http://neighborhoodfarminitiative.org/adult-garden-education/
Guest post from Sarah Sorscher —
The United Neighborhood Coalition and Friends of Park View Park sponsored their second gardening event at the Park View Park on May 18th. Turnout was high in spite of the light rain, and volunteers were able to plant and mulch the flower bed in front of the Rec Center, as well as pull up weeds and lay down fresh mulch in the area around the adult exercise equipment.
Department of Parks and Recreation provided mulch and tools for the event. Two local businesses also assisted: Annie’s Ace Hardware provided flowers at cost, and donated seeds and soil conditioner. PMG, an event organizing firm, brought close to a dozen volunteers.
The next gardening event will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, with work from 10-1pm and pizza from 1-2pm. The organizers are still finalizing plans with DPR, but the event may include planting flowers in the interior courtyard of the Rec Center.
These gardening events are funded by donations from community members, and the organizers are always looking for more donations and volunteers.