Upcoming Events


first fridays flyerprintMay 1st, 6pm-8pm: Forklift First Fridays

(also on June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4)


Come join us every First Friday between May and September for lively entertainment, food, beer and wine!
Open mic nights and open studios, local artists and musicians; a meeting of some of the greatest minds in the region!



On May 1st, Juliette and The Thunderballs will kick-off the event at 6pm and an open jazz jam session to follow. Town Center Market will provide microbrew and wine, and Community Forklift will provide the furniture seating.

We will also be joined on May 1 by




Classic Mac N’ Cheese w/ options: Chicken Meatballs, Sloppy (Bolognaise sauce)
Marco Bolo- Cavatopi pasta w/ Bolognaise sauce, Parmesan Cheese
7th & MD- Tomato cream base, Chicken Meatballs, Parmesan Cheese
Plus  a special for the week

 May 9, 11am-12pm: Toddler Sensory Tour at Eco-City Farms

Toddlers and parents are invited to explore and engage with nature through a tour of ECO City’s urban farm in Edmonston, Md. We will touch, smell, and sometimes taste all phases of our vegetable production from worms to roots and greens. We may even be lucky and get a visit from our farm cat, Rosie, and our ducks.

Deborah Wren has been the manager at ECO City Farms at Edmonston for just over a year. Having grown up on a family-run dairy farm in Upstate New York, she has always spent her days outdoors loving nature. Now that she has started her own family, she realizes even more the importance of engaging our youth with nature and all the wonders it has to offer.



May 23, 2pm-3pm: Getting Started on your Home Garden

Starting your new home garden can be a daunting task. Meredith Sheperd, Founder of Love & Carrots will share some expert tips on getting started the right way. From choosing the best plants to grow in your space to strategizing on a master plan, Meredith will share some tips of the trade to help you get growing this Season. Whether novice or expert, this workshop is a great opportunity to discuss your most pressing questions or to simply absorb some new information.

Founder, Meredith Sheperd, has an extensive background in landscaping and design, small organic farming, and environmental science. She has been working in sustainable agriculture for many years. Before founding Love & Carrots she spent several seasons managing Chailey Farm in Virginia, which produces organic herbs and vegetables for high end DC restaurants City Zen, and The Sou’wester. Meredith shares her passion for growing food by leading workshops on home gardening and small scale urban agriculture throughout the DC metro area and by providing a supportive and educational work environment for her dynamic Team of Urban Farmers and agriculture enthusiasts.



May 24, 2pm-3pm: Fruit Tree Growing in the Mid-Atlantic (Washington DC Region)

From paw paws to peaches, discover the fruit trees that grow best in our region. This talk is especially suited to those gardeners lacking growing space or live in urban areas.

Kathy Jentz is Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine. Kathy is a life-long gardener from a family of farmers and dedicated gardeners. Currently, she is President of the Silver Spring Garden Club and on the board of several other clubs and organizations. You can read Kathy’s work in the Washington Examiner and Washington Woman in addition to regular guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4 and WAMU radio.

Washington Gardener magazine, the gardening publication published specifically for the local metro area — zones 6-7 — Washington DC and its suburbs. We sent out our premiere issue in March/April 2005 and we are now about to be celebrating our 10th anniversary.


 May 30, 1pm-pm: Coldframe & Germination Chamber Building Workshop

Join Farmer Colin to learn how to build cold frames, germination chambers, and other season extension structures you can replicate at your own home. Colin is the farm manager at ECO City Farms at Bladensburg.