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Will Allen Visits the Farm and the “Super Hero Farmers”

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Urban farming legend and MacArthur Fellow, Will Allen visited the farm today as part of a tour of DC and Maryland farming projects led by Dr. Michelle Thomas. The tour included stops at Hines Jr. High Community Garden, Common Good City Farm, Ward 7 Lederer Youth Garden and ECO City Farms. We were fortunate to also have Jeremy Brosowsky of Compost Cab and Vinnie Benvivino of Seed & Cycle, the organizers and architects of our soon-to-be-built new composting system, join our small group. But the stars of the show? Well that would be Ms. McAlee’s and Ms. Tuck’s kindergarten “Super Hero Farmers.” Allen was interested in talking to some actual junior farmers, and our young agriculturists shined as they showed off their dedicated bed, worm farm, knowledge of soil and compost, and willingness to eat vegetables other kids won’t touch.

Thank you to all for today’s special visit! And Mr. Allen, we hope you wear your The Farm at Walker Jones t-shirt with pride. We look forward to your next visit when the hopes and dreams we have for our project that we discussed today are in full bloom.


Kindergarten Experimental Plot

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

The self-named “Super Hero Farmers” of Ms. McAlee’s and Ms. Tuck’s kindergarten class are perhaps the most experienced of our student farmers at Walker Jones. As we prepare the children to plant the farm for the first time themselves this spring, our young five and six year old friends felt they were capable of just a bit more. So they will be given their own plot in the garden to develop as they see fit (under a little adult guidance of course), to care for, to harvest.

The students worked hard all week to research and narrow down their choices for crops, using research books (thank you, Lois Ehlert!), a harvest timeline, and persuasive arguments to each other.

The crops, in order of preference, were:
1) Carrots
2) Corn, Eggplant
3) Peaches, Beets
4) Phlox, Roses
5) Zucchini

Next step? A map of their plot.