"During the two-year fellowship program, fellows visit each other’s countries twice a year, where they participate in training workshops, meet local organizations, and engage in discussions on the social, economic, and political factors that impact urban farming."
Yesterday, Councilmember and guardian-of-all-things-warm-and-fuzzy Tommy Wells held a marathon roundtable on urban agriculture in D.C., bringing folks from all over the city to describe how they cultivate their gardens. As precious as land is in D.C., there's actually still a lot of it that could be put to good use—the challenge is securing the right to put down roots.
They save lots of money - and that's just their most obvious benefit.
"Andy Wible’s backyard in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood doesn’t look much like a sewerage drain. But his Bayberry, Bee Balm, Iris and Golden Ragwort plants get the job done – and then some. Dug 30 inches* down and filled with a mixture of sand, topsoil and compost, Wible's rain garden draws raindrops tumbling off the roof deep into the soil, purifying them and recharging the groundwater."
"This was one of our ‘bibles’ at City Farmer when we began in the 70’s. There is still much to be learned from it by the same authors who wrote The City People’s Book of Raising Food in 1975. The Olkowskis then went on to promote IPM, Integrated Pest Management, and published a book we still use named Common-Sense Pest Control."
Article includes a very useful list of factors to consider when planning a community garden.
Finding collaborators. “That’s probably the hardest, most time consuming part. It’s a community garden, not an individual garden, so you have to find a group to work with. Find a way to connect with the community, to find like-minded souls to organize.”
The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society honor the best of the best in children's garden fiction. These Growing Good Kids Book Awards CLASSICS represent the TOP 40 books of the last 100 YEARS.