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Pomegranates

In Happy Moments on September 22, 2013 at 3:07 am

“Someday I shall become a tree, and the wind will sing in my branches, and the sun will dance on my leaves, and I shall be strong and beautiful through all the seasons.” ~ Khalil Gibran, The Pomegranate

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Among the many varieties of fruit we grow on the Farm, the pomegranate is one of our favorites. Technically a Zone 8 or higher tree, the two varieties we have in our Herb Garden seem to be at home in the micro-climate of the inner city.

“granum” (Latin, “seed”) ~ “malum garantum” (Latin, “seed apple”) ~ “pome” (Old French, “apple”) ~ “grenate”, (Old French, “seed”) ~ “pome grenate” (Old French, “seed apple”) ~ “pomegranate” (Middle English)

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Punica granatum from a plate in “Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz” by Otto Wilhelm Thomé, 1885.

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L’Orientale à la grenade by William-Adolphe Bouguereau ca. 1870, usually translated as “Girl with a Pomegranate” although the original French reflects his move from painting French peasant scenes to the east, this most likely from Egypt

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Ben & Jerry’s Block Party

In Events, Happy Moments, Partners on June 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

BJ2This Saturday we hosted 200 volunteers on the Farm, a moonbounce, music, free tacos from Rito Loco, and free Ben & Jerry’s icecream featuring the roll-out of DC’s own flavor ~ Capitol Chill: chocolate icecream with Divine Chocolate conrnflake clusters, marshmallow and caramel swirls, and Rout 11 sweet potato chips!

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Our Pumpkin Story

In Events, Happy Moments on November 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

We teach our great kids many things about the food they help grow on the farm, but the one thing they constantly remind us adults of is that the farm is a very FUN place to be. You see, magical things happen there. Mounds of dirt and a handful of seeds turn into big delicious things to eat and enjoy. So for the sheer fun of it, each year we plant pumpkins and lots of them in anticipation of one of the most fun days of the year – Halloween. The first year we were moderately successful and we had 50 or so gorgeous little pumpkins for the kids to take home and enjoy at school both visually and as tasty treats. In year two, they came a bit too early and suffered from the nasty pumpkin rot that afflicted so many growers in the area last year. But this year…. We hit the pumpkin jackpot! We started with a brand new bed just for our round orange babies. A pie shaped bed. We know this is a little silly but we serve the needs of children. We know the power of silly.

The vines went mad all through August and then came the flowers.

And then the dark green babies.

And then lots and lots of orange.

Until Halloween saw the gathering of well over 100 pumpkins. They were everywhere!

And made this day the happiest of celebrations! A celebration of not just the treats and mischief associated with the day but a celebration of the gifts our farm gives us.

From Start to Stomach

In Happy Moments, Kids on the Farm on June 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Cucumbers seedlings on a windowsill inside school…

… became thriving, producing plants out on the farm…

… and gave a basket of cucumbers for farming kids in need of a snack. The same kids who swore they did not eat cucumbers when we planted a tray of them in April. Most satisfying. No “I told you so”s required.

The End of Semester Celebration!

In Happy Moments on December 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Not only did the Awesome Teachers of Walker Jones present me with a new iPhone–WOW!  But the amazing students of Ms. Howard’s Pre-K made this fabulous book for me…

Thank You Walker Jones for letting me be a part of your world!

Farmer John

 

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