Calendar

Upcoming Special Events

March 28th, 9-5p, 6th Annual Spring Garden Party
May 1st, 6-8p, Forklift First Fridays
June 5th, 6-8p, Forklift First Fridays
June 20th, 12-4p, Green Job Fair @ Vigilante Coffee co.
July 3rd, 6-8p, Forklift First Fridays
August 7th, 6-8p, Forklift First Fridays
September 4th, 6-8p, Forklift First Fridays
September 12th, 12-4p, This Old Warehouse Event
November 27th, 9-5p, Green Friday
November 28th, 9-5p, Small Business Saturday

Upcoming Workshops

 March 28, 10am – 11am:  Container Gardening

presented by Maryland Master Gardeners.  Explore vegetables that you can grow in containers of various sizes and small yards.  Enjoy fresh vegetables no matter the size of your garden, and eat healthier!

March 28, 11:30am – 12:30pm: Healthy Cooking on a Budget  

Presented by Brainfood.  Learn tips, tricks and easy substitutions for seasonal, healthy eating on a pinched budget. Community MVPs, teenage healthy cooking educators, will not only share their skills, recipes, and cooking stories with you, but will also give you a chance to get your hands dirty and practice new skills as we make a dish together in this workshop. Come join the (tasty) fun!  Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization in Washington, DC. that uses food as a tool to build life skills and promote healthy living in a fun and safe environment.

March 28, 1pm – 2pm:  Is your Yard Really YOU? 

Presented by Revolutionary Gardens.  Everyone’s home reflects their personality… on the inside. Not enough people carry that into their yard! Landscape designer Dave Marciniak shares how to take, tweak, and build on found objects to carry your sense of style into the garden.

March 28, 2:30pm – 3:30pm:  Hodgepodge Mosaics

Presented by City Blossoms.  In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to mosaic with found materials like scrabble tiles and old bottles. If you are a recycling fiend, then this workshop is for you! Everyone will leave with a unique mosaic creation.  City Blossoms is a non-profit organization that creates kid-friendly, creative green spaces throughout the Washington DC area that inspire communities to learn more about the wonders of growing their own food.

March 28, 4pm – 5pm:  How to Make a Critter Proof Compost Bin

Presented by Josh Singer, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s Community Garden Specialist and Executive Director of Wangari Gardens.  He will present DPR’s new Compost Cooperative Network, and discuss how to build a critter proof compost bin at home.

April 11, 2pm-3pm: Respectful, Chemical Free Beekeeping

Azure B LLC will provide an overview of the basic – the bees, the lingo, the equipment and the details of how to get started. You will leave the workshop with a sense of the responsibilities involved in caring for honeybees, what to expect throughout the year and a good sense of whether beekeeping is a good fit for you!

After years in the organic pet food and grocery industry, Stefano Briguglio escaped the city and bought a tiny farm in Marbury, MD with the dream of becoming a self taught farmer. Quite by accident, he developed a mutual fondness with honeybees and has cared for the ladies every since. When he is not spreading the word of the respectful, chemical free revolution in beekeeping, he is loving on his family, brewing bio-diesel or tending to one the million chores required to run even the tiniest of farms.

April 18, 2pm-3pm: Welcoming Wildlife to your Garden

Join local garden writer Alison Gillespie to talk about ways to nurture habitat in urban gardens. City lots and balconies may be small, but the actions taken in our tiny backyards can add up to a big difference for creatures like dragonflies, bees, butterflies, migratory birds and many other creatures. Plus, providing a space for wildlife can make city living more rewarding for humans. This workshop will include practical advice on the basics of providing for creatures large and small, and ways to avoid attracting unwanted visitors, such as rats. Alison will also be signing copies of her book, Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World.

Alison Gillespie has been gardening for wildlife for more than twenty years, and her popular blog Where You Are Planted details how urban gardeners can take steps to improve the habitat of their own backyards for the sake of creatures like bees, butterflies and birds. Her book about urban beekeepers working to keep honey bees alive in the urban core of the Mid-Atlantic was published last year and is available at bookstores as well as online. Find out more about her writing at www.alisongillespie.com.