Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Fundraiser!!!

OLD CITY green is hosting a Cino de Mayo fiesta party fundraiser for us!  It is going to be a TON of fun, because Frank at OLD CITY green always throws great parties.

Perfect date night, or fun dinner out with your friends!  With all the food and drinks, it’s a great deal, and all of the proceeds will go to help expand our education garden and outdoor classroom at Wangari Gardens!  Doesn’t get much better than that : )

You can get tickets at: http://ocgcincodemayo2012.eventbrite.com/

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BIG day today!!!!

Hi friends!  Don’t forget to come out today for our REPURPOSING SPACE event!!  Should be lots of fun, with presentations and activities led by Tumbleweeds Tiny Houses, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Give Us Names, the Box Collective, and more.  Yoga at eleven!!!  Dinner picnic potluck at 5:30!!!

Here is the full schedule for the day:

All day – Tour a tiny house on wheels! Tumbleweed Tiny Houses have been one of the earliest promoters of tiny home living, and have inspired a few DC residents to build tiny houses on wheels this summer.  On site will be a model of the Tumbleweed Fencl, a 130 square foot tiny home on wheels perfectly suited for infilling urban backyard or alley spaces.  $5 suggested for tour of the house.  http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com

11 AM – Yoga in the park-taught by Bahiyyah, gardener and yoga instructor extraordinaire

12-2 PM – Garden installation with Give us Names, an organization telling stories and acting to restore homes to displaced families in Colombia – they will be installing a garden space at Wangari Gardens as a symbolic act of Restoration, a community here in the U.S. giving a piece of land in honor of those in Colombia who have had their land taken.  Learn more about the organization and garden at: http://www.giveusnames.squarespace.com .  Learn more about the permaculture group who is facilitating the installation at: http://www.ezekielsguild.com

12 PM-2 PM – workshop – soil remediation – help Wangari Gardens prepare the soil for their mandala forest garden, and learn how to improve yours at home

2-3 PM – presentation by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – An amazing community-based labor rights organization, fighting for fair food and workers’ rights, particularly for those working on tomato farms that supply tomatoes to the nation’s restaurants and grocery stores.  www.ciw-online.org

3-4 PM – Art projects with the DC Box Collective – an initiative to explore how design could act as catalyst for community building and empowerment within the District of Columbia metropolitan area through providing access to resources. www.boxcollective.org

4-5 PM – Spring gardening workshop with Sarah – get your spring veggies in while it’s still cool, grow lots of food in a small space, keep away the pests, and discover companion plants!

5:30 PM – Meet-up with community gardeners, potluck picnic – bring something to share!

This fun-filled day will take place at Wangari Gardens, located west of the Washington Hospital Center/Children’s Medical Center, bordered by Irving St. NW, Kenyon St. NW, and Park Pl. NW.

 

Repurposing Space

Hi Friends and Neighbors!

It has been an extremely eventful few weeks…

We had a great opening day on April 1st, opened by Bloombars holding a Harambe drumming session for little ones.  The kids loved it, and volunteers got a cheerful start to the workday.

The neighborhood turned out in big numbers, and worked hard to put the finishing touches on the community plots, plant the education garden, make a strawberry patch, and begin preparing for the mandala forest garden.  Velocity came out and held a free bike clinic, and neighbors brought all sorts of goodies for our potluck cookout at the end of the day.  And of course, since it was April 1st, we listened to Marvin Gaye tunes all afternoon long.

Since opening day, we’ve had lots of volunteers come out, including a group of Fulbright Scholars from all over the world, and a group of DC middle and high school students on spring break.  So many thanks to everyone for all of their hard work!

The community garden plots are getting greener by the day, the radish, spinach, and lettuce is sprouting in the education garden, and the fence is being painted a great green rainbow.  We’re praying for rain, but until then, watering like crazy, one watering can at a time.  :)

Come and check out the progress!!!!  This Sunday, we’re going to have a really fun event at the gardens, based around creatively repurposing space.  Several organizations are going to be giving presentations, leading workshops, and facilitating activities.

Check out this flier for more detailed info about the day….

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Come on out, bring a picnic, and have a great day with us!!!