Thanks to a crew of farmhands who have volunteered over the past couple of weeks, the garden is looking in fantastic shape, and is primed for a great growing year. Thank you to all who have already contributed to this effort!
We’ve only just begun, so there will be plenty of opportunities in the future to contribute to the stewardship of the garden. Starting April 28th you will be able to join us every Wednesday 6-7pm, and every Sunday 3-5pm (work days will be canceled when there’s inclement weather) to water, weed, and maintain everything.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be watering, weeding, and monitoring the emergence of our seedlings. We’re still waiting on a delivery of woodchips, so once they arrive, we will be spreading them around the trees and the garden to suppress weeds. There may also be an opportunity to paint the newly built and planted herb beds, so stay tuned!
The city’s current guidelines regarding public gatherings allows for up to 50 individuals at a time. In pre-pandemic times, the garden averaged 13 visitors per work day, so we will not be asking volunteers to sign up for work days ahead of time, just to wear a mask and stay home if you feel sick. 😷✌🏾
This Saturday, April 24th, the garden will re-open for the 2021 growing year! We’ll be preparing and planting 7 garden beds, building and filling three new herb beds, and weeding and spreading woodchips all around. DC’s guidelines regarding public gatherings limits attendance to 50 people, so to keep track of our guest list, please add your name and email to this spreadsheet, if you plan on attending.
🛠The Beginning of Regular Work Days💪🏾 After the kick-off, we will begin having regular work days: every Wednesday, 6-7pm, and every Sunday, 3-5pm. Work days will be canceled when there’s inclement weather.
🤗New Year, New Initiatives👇 It’s a new gardening year and we’re launching some new initiatives. Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve got planned:
A pilot youth-run community supported agriculture program that will pay young farmhands $10/hour to harvest and deliver fresh produce to families living at Greenleaf and James Creek. To raise funds, we’re selling garden t-shirts. If you’d like to donate, or purchase a t-shirt, contact us.
Three new herb gardens: Thanks to our resident herbalist, Kelley, and farmhand, Barbara, there will be three new herb gardens in Lansburgh park for people to learn about herbs and add to their pantry. More info on the project can be found here.
Mini flower arrangements in upcycled jars by Christina. Once our flowers and herbs are in bloom, Christine will be preparing flower arrangements in upcycled jars for people after work days. If you have jars or containers that you’d like to donate, or want to learn more, feel free to reach out to us.