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Available at the Farm Stand Today

In Support on July 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Thanks to all who have come out to support the farm stand! Profits have been used for things like improved signs and irrigation repairs.

Just as a reminder, there are two ways to enjoy the bounty on the farm – volunteer in exchange for food or purchase for the crazy low prices we are charging.

Work Exchange:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-6pm and Sundays from12-4pm the farm is open to the public for community volunteer days. Anyone is welcome to lend a hand with various farm tasks and in exchange, you will be given a selection of the day’s produce. Bring your own bag!

Farm Stand:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-6pm and Sundays from 2pm-4pm our farm stand will be open, beginning July 3rd. We will be selling freshly harvested produce and cut flowers at extremely low prices. All profits support the school farm.

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Where are the cantelopes?

In Improvements on July 28, 2011 at 4:57 am

Nothing gives us greater pleasure than to answer all the questions children (and adults) pose to us about the farm, but ultimately, we would like to see our outdoor classroom become a place that all visitors can self-navigate. A place where children begin to recognize the crops without having to reference the sign at the end of the row. A place where children learn to spell “cucumber” from reading it on the sign as they pick. And a place where the dynamics of our small urban ecosystem come to life on signage that explains rain barrels and composting systems and pest control and run-off water and butterfly migration patterns and… Well, you get the point. There is much to learn on the farm.

With all this in mind, we have begun the process of identifying our crop rows on wooden hand-painted signs, and our perennial herb garden with slate markers. It is a start.






Sharon Gamson Danks Event

In Events on July 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

On July 12, the Farm, in partnership with DC Greens, welcomed author Sharon Gamson Danks to our campus to discuss her book, Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Danks held the attention of approximately 70 guests with ease as she presented examples of schools around the world that have transformed their play areas from uninspired, cookie cutter spaces to ecologically rich environments that encourage imagination and interaction.

After the presentation, the guests moved from inside the school to the farm where they enjoyed some light summer fare prepared with farm produce by Chef Allison Sosna from DC Central Kitchen who will be in charge of food services for the school this coming year.








It was our honor and pleasure to host this event, the first of what we hope to be many gatherings that embrace partnerships and best practices in bringing sustainable environments to our students and the larger community. Many, many thanks to Sharon Danks, Chef Allison, Daniel Thaeler from Whole Foods P Street, Lauren Biel from DC Greens and our small army of enthusiastic volunteers who made it all happen.

The Farm Stand

In Events, Partners on July 8, 2011 at 1:56 am


Right now on the farm, we are growing a huge variety of vegetables and fruits including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, swiss chard, turnips, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, watermelon, canteloupe, green beans, lima beans, pole beans, lettuces, carrots, beets, basil and other herbs, zinnias and sunflowers. In the fall we will have pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, fingerling and russet potatoes, spinach, a few varieties of kale and collards. Does that sound like a lot of food? It is.

 

Come out to see us, and bring a bag. And a friend. Or two. Have we mentioned how fast cucumbers and squash grow?