Archive for May, 2011|Monthly archive page

Honeybees in the City

In Kids on the Farm, Partners on May 30, 2011 at 11:02 pm

A farm is never quite a farm until the creatures arrive. The chickens are still in the plan, but they have been beat out as first residents by approximately 26,000 new friends of the farm. Half of these friends are Italian and half of them are Russians, but they are already quite happy in DC in their new enclosure at Walker Jones. Honeybees are adaptable creatures.

Thanks to the expertise of Jeff Miller and DC Honeybees and the generosity of Bill McLeod and Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, the students of Walker Jones have had a few weeks now to go bee crazy from watching the first installation to seeing first hand how our bees have already built a home, gathered pollen, made honey and laid eggs to receiving inside instruction about the severity of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

We look forward to sharing our stories as developing beekeepers in the months to come.


Getting Dirty for Good!

In Events, Partners on May 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Getting dirty for good. That is what the invitation said. On May 1, Peloton Projects and the Awesome Foundation teamed up to support the Farm at Walker Jones. And the amount of work accomplished was indeed awesome! Beds were turned over.

Structures were built to support our baby tomato plants.

Strange things were unearthed from the ground to be replaced with sunflowers seeds that will become the sunflower house we dreamed about.

So much work! But hard work and personal sacrifice demand rewards. So there were cupcakes and other goodies on site.

And a happy hour off-site later that afternoon where some much-appreciated fundraising for the farm took place. We were really touched by the investment this lovely group of people made in our farm, and by extension, in our students and their well-being. Many thanks for all that awesomeness!