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This past week we hosted Joe Hall and his class “Writing the City” a group of 10 students taking a Pre-College Course at GW. Joe has been bringing is “Writing for the City” class for the past two years to educate them about urban ecologies and food systems as well as help work in the garden! The class learned all about the urban garden from how compost works to best harvesting practices. Additionally the class provided much needed assistance harvesting, weeding, laying down mulch & hay, as well as helping out in the compost! Like always we appreciate all the help we can get at the garden so if your interested be sure to email us at foodjusticealliance@gmail.com to keep up to date with our volunteer hours!

Thanks Again “Writing in the City” volunteers!

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Hello all!

Just some updates on the garden! 

Volunteering: 
I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer! For those of you staying in the D.C. area, our summer volunteer hours for the GroW Garden are every Monday (8-9:30 am) and the first and third saturdays (8-10 am). Please send us an email if you can make any of these days!( foodjusticealliance@gmail.com)
 
Garden Updates:
Due to all the rain lots of our plants are already producing! We just harvested brocoli, zucchini, mustard, strawberries, and lots of herbs! 
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Come out and volunteering!!! More updates to come! 
 
Best, 
The Garden Team! 

GARDEN IN JUNE!!

We have zucchini! These past few weeks have been crazy at the garden, We’ve been harvesting zucchini, brocoli, kale and romaine!

This is Taylor and she is SUPER excited about planting!

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First we planted a lot of seeds: carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, lettuce, kale, mustard greens, peas, pak choy.

Instead of using wooden stakes to label the beds this year, we decided to write on bricks. Last year, by the middle of the summer, we had to replace several of the wooden stakes because they began to rot at the bottom. We’ve had a huge pile of bricks waiting for us to find a place for them.. and this seems to be it!

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Then we started to beautify our community space. We got some new flower pots and planters so that we could plant strawberries without them spreading to the rest of the garden. We also found a space for some more of the bricks and remade our little brick wall around the tree.
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Next Saturday we get our delivery from Three Part Harmony!!! We are getting all sorts of interesting plants… PEANUTS being the most exciting!!!

For the past several weeks, we have been prepping the garden for our big shipment of transplants from Three Part Harmony Farm next week.

After Mari-Claire and Miles tilled the garden, we began to rake, weed, and reshape the beds.

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We also set up our tomato stakes using dried out sunflower stalks from last year.

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Our other project of the season has been to put together a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is a great way to reduce watering time and waste by adjusting the amount of water for each bed so that it matches the plant’s needs. It also gives us a hands free approach to watering that allows us to spend time in the garden focusing on things like weeding and planting instead of watering.

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We also put our old benches against the wall and plan to grow peas and bean up them!CIMG5061

On Saturday, we had our first volunteer day of the semester in the garden. We spent a couple of hours cleaning up trash that had blown into the cover crop, harvesting root vegetables, organizing seeds, and trying to keep warm as it began to snow.

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We harvested kale, kohlrabi, cabbage, arugula, a carrot, turnips and beets.

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Here are some happy volunteers showing off the turnips!

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This morning I took over 106 pounds of produce to Miriam’s Kitchen!!!

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Today we also put in our order for seedlings from Three Part Harmony Farm and tilled to prepare!

We are hoping to incorporate more Food Justice Alliance events into the blog… get excited for more on FJA!

Winter Thyme!

It’s hibernation time for the garden. For the next couple of months, the garden will be absorbing nutrients from the cover crop to prepare itself for spring planting. We still have a few vegetables growing such as cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, chard, thyme, and carrots, but they are slowly growing with the cover crop until the spring.

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The cover crop is a mix of winter peas, rye, vetch, and clover.

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And here are some photos of the vegetables that are keeping the cover crop company.

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To prepare for a cold winter, we also hung our “irrigation system” up along the back wall. This allows the water to drain so that it doesn’t freeze and crack the pipes.

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See you soon!
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