It’s almost here! Our Spring Soiree & Garden Sale is THIS Saturday!




Don’t miss Community Forklift’s 4th Annual Garden Party

Saturday, March 23, 2013

ready to garden

Say goodbye to winter at our Soiree and Garden Sale, our exciting kick-off for the spring home and garden season! 


Doors open at 9am…. we’ll have lots of gently-used lawn & garden tools & supplies for sale, while supplies last.  We are also launching a new partnership with ECO City Farms, our neighbors here in Edmonston – so they’ll have compost, herb baskets, and vegetable plant seedlings for sale!


forklift fan in her finery compressedOur sale was featured in the Washington Post today, so it’s gonna be busy.  If you’re a serious bargain-hunter, then you should:

* arrive early for the best selection

* wear comfy shoes, and

* bring a friend to chat with, in case the checkout line gets long!


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Wear your best costume

Two-legged and four-legged attendees are encouraged to come in garden party attire – wear your fanciest hat, vintage dress, or seersucker suit! Or, you can come in your favorite gardening gear – well-worn overalls and muddy boots. ALL animals must be on leashes. 

10 AM – 5 PM:  Door Prizes!!


Visit our partners’ booths:

Anacostia Hours
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
Anacostia Watershed Society
Big Bad Woof
ECO City Farms
Leafyhead Lotions & Potions

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10 AM – 11 AM:  Free Workshop: Building Raised Beds for Small Space Gardening

Presented by Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director, Groundwork Anacostia River DC 

Learn how to build a raised garden bed; which tools, materials, and skills are needed; and how much it costs.  A model raised bed will be constructed on site. 


11am – 2 pm:  Photobooth Fun!

Presented by Sarah and Samantha, Sarah and Samantha Photobooths & Event Photography 

Grab your favorite gardening finds, your cute kids, or your pets, and join in the free photobooth fun thanks to our generous sponsors Sarah & Samantha!   


Noon – 1 PM:  Free Workshop: Second Harvest Gardening

a few tools

Presented by Matt Carucci, farm apprentice at ECO City Farms.

Learn how to extend the growing season by using cold frames (to help get you started, we’re offering free vinyl window sashes)



Noon – 3 PM:  Lemonade Lunch

Buy fresh-grilled hot dogs & burgers (both meat & veggie options) to support CF! 



2 PM – 3 PM:  Free Workshop: Growing Medicinal Herbs

Presented by Tricia McCauley, Nutricia Consulting and Leafyhead Lotions & Potions 

Do you want to create a beautiful, healing herb garden?  Learn which medicinal herbs grow well in the DC area, in full sun or part-shade, in the ground or in containers.  Bring your questions for this interactive presentation  (Tricia McCauley is an herbalist and wellness educator. She grows medicinal plants, creates herbal-based body products, and teaches workshops on herbs, food, and healing. Tricia holds a masters degree in herbal medicine and a certification in holistic health coaching, and is a registered yoga teacher). 


2 PM – 4 PM:  FREE Seeds & Planting Advice

The Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI), will be distributing FREE vegetable & flower seed packets 

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3 PM – 6 PM:  DJ One Heart Muzik

DJ One Heart and DJ Livi will play your favorite tunes.