DPR Free Gardening Classes: June 2-Sept 29

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The Department of Parks and Recreation has organized 42 free summer gardening classes starting from June 2-Sept 29.  The schedule with all the details is here.  Some really great classes and teachers! You have to register online at http://dcdpr.asapconnected.com.  There will be more in-depth descriptions of each class online.

Currently you can only sign up for the 4 classes that are still considered Spring.  The rest of the classes will be available for summer registration on 6/9.  This Monday June 2nd is the first class!

Please help us spread the word by sending the DPR Summer Garden Classes 2014 flyer through your listservs.  Thanks!

Hope to see lots of you this summer!

 

Free Outdoor Yoga at Wangari Gardens!

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Have you ever wondered how great yoga is outside? Do you enjoy yoga but can’t afford DC prices?  Are you interested in yoga but haven’t found your style or teacher in DC yet?

Do you wish you had better mobility, stronger lungs and more relaxation in your life?  Do you feel like joining a bunch of amazing people every Sunday morning at a beautiful place to try out a variety of yoga styles and teachers?

If you said yes to any of these questions, please check out Wangari Gardens for the outdoor summer yoga sessions.

Time: 9-10am every Sunday this summer

Cost: These yoga sessions are free and open to anyone.  The teachers are donating they’re time so we’re asking for a $5 donation if you can pay.  Please come regardless.

Mats: We have limited free yoga mats to use.  Please bring your own if possible.

Location: Wangari Gardens is located at Kenyon and Park Pl NW intersection.  Please respect our neighbors and the few parking places they have by avoiding parking on Park Pl.  Meet us at our outdoor classroom area.  Thanks!

RSVP: RSVP is not required but will help us plan, and you’ll get an email heads up.  Please RSVP at wangarigardens@gmail.com

 Schedule

6/1/2014       Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

6/8/2014         Zsudayka Nzinga    Kemetic Yoga*

6/15/2014      Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

6/22/2014      Sihnuu Hetep           Vinyasa Flow

6/29/2014      Elizabeth Kanter      Gentle Yoga

7/6/2014         Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

7/13/2014      Yael Flusberg           Gentle Yoga

7/20/2014      Zsudayka Nzinga    Kemetic Yoga*

7/27/2014      April Rameé              Hatha Yoga

8/3/2014         April Rameé              Hatha Yoga

8/10/2014      Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

8/17/2014      April Rameé              Hatha Yoga

8/24/2014      Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

8/31/2014      Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

9/7/2014         Zsudayka Nzinga    Kemetic Yoga*

9/14/2014      Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

9/21/2014      Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

9/28/2014      Ally Shutty                 Hatha Yoga

* Children are encouraged to come

Yoga Teacher Bios

 Ally Shutty

Ally ShuttyAlly has taught yoga outreach programs since 2010 in the place she feels most authentic, the inner city. Teaching in under served communities, Ally brings yoga to communities where yoga is not easily accessible and teaches in a style that is gentle, compassionate, and honoring. Her students are diverse and are often dealing with defeat, struggle, and loss but have found their way out of the depths. Ally feels that her students are the real teachers and has a large following in the Benning Road neighborhood of DC. She uses the mat as a tool to deal with life in a creative and compassionate way. Through her yoga, Ally teaches her students to be the change they wish to see in their community and the world.

 April Ramee

Based out of Washington D.C., April Rameé (200-RYT) is a modern-day Renaissance Woman. April has always possessed a deep love for every type of dance form and is extraordinarily passionate about healing with herbs, travel, music, and mathematics. After spending seven years studying several different yoga disciplines, she found her natural niche in traditional Sivananda Hatha Yoga. Trained under Anjali Sunita at Baltimore Yoga Village, April discovered the absolute truth that accompanies the ability to harness the genuine spirit of love and healing. In addition to her extensive yoga training, April is a clinical herbalist with a dedicated connection to Mother Earth and healing with plants.  April has also been performing for seven years and is skilled in the art of performing with live flames. April navigates life with one key intention—to spread love and the healing energy of the universe via yoga, herbs, dance and all other forms of spiritual physical activity.

Elizabeth Kanter

Elizabeth KanterElizabeth Lakshmi Kanter, E-RYT200, RYT500 and certified yoga therapist, believes that everybody – and every body – can practice yoga and receive its benefits.  Her therapeutic approach addresses the whole person: immune system, nervous system, emotional and mental well-being, postural alignment, breath, vitality, and self-awareness.  She has worked with 9-to-5-ers at offices and conferences, with people with cancer at hospitals and retreats, with trauma survivors and human trafficking survivors through nonprofits, and with people with auto-immune diseases and mobility challenges at yoga studios.  Her instruction supports each individual as they work toward their goals in finding greater ease and presence in body, breath, and mind.   Her Gentle Yoga classes incorporate awareness, mindful therapeutic movement, healing breath, and a delicious guided relaxation.

Sihnuu Hetep

Sihnuu is a lover of life, laughter and movement in all of its forms.  She interlaces yoga into every aspect of her life and encourages others to do the same by exploring open dialogue with their bodies on the mat.  Sihnuu holds two 200hr certifications through Yoga Alliance and has participated in many yoga trainings to deepen her practice. Throughout her time in training she has been able to find her yoga voice and now as an instructor hopes to share her experience with others. She currently teaches at Epic Yoga and Corepower Yoga in Washington, DC.  Sihnuu’s ultimate focus is to empower students by helping them find mind body balance and internal peace on the mat that can be integrated into everyday life.

Yael Flusberg

Yael Flusberg has taught yoga classes at area hospitals, libraries, workplaces, schools, yoga studios – and is thrilled to be adding community gardens to the mix.  As an integrative yoga therapist (RYT-500, E-RYT-200), Yael facilitates both group and individual yoga therapy sessions with people dealing with a variety of conditions; at Wangari gardens, her gentle class will incorporate breathing practices, mindfulness, self-massage, and simple but effective movements.

Zsudayka Nzinga

Zsudayka is an artist and life coach from Denver. She’s been doing self love and inner peace workshops for almost a decade all over the country.  She teaches Kemetic yoga and encourages people to bring their children.

Become a Gardening Pro: Our 2014 Workshops

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Wondering how to battle pests? Questions about what to plant where? Wangari Gardens will be hosting a series of FREE workshops throughout the 2014 gardening season!

Schedule may be subject to change, so please RSVP at wangarigardens@gmail.com to receive an email reminder. Everyone is welcome!

Every Sunday at 1 pm, come by and learn about:

May 4th: Gardening 101
Everything you need to know about starting a garden from soil prep, garden designs, plant types and more

May 11th: Gardening 101
We’ll revisit soil prep, garden designs and plant types. Bring your questions!

May 18th: Soils and Composting
Learn about soil, soil biology, and different systems for creating compost

May 25th: Container Gardening and Companion Planting
Learn how to garden with limited space and how companion plants can enhance your garden’s production and repel pests

June 1st: Garden Weeds and Invasive Plants
Learn how to identify and battle invasive plants

June 8th: Native Plant Identification
Learn to identify and manage native plants

June 15th: Vegetable Pests and Diseases
Introduction to basic vegetable plant pests and diseases

June 22nd: Tomato Pruning and Vegetable Trellising
Learn to prune and trellis different vegetable plants

June 29th: Beginner Bees
Introduction to our bee hive

And more to come! (Think seed saving, mushroom inoculation, canning, etc!)

Download the May and June schedule as a pdf!

If you have an idea or request for a garden class or would like to teach a class, please contact us at  wangarigardens@gmail.com.

April 27: Slow Food D.C. spices up Wangari Gardens

On behalf of Ibti Vincent, Slow Food D.C.:

Join Slow Food DC and local community members at Wangari Gardens on Sunday, April 27 to expand the communal herb garden at one of our favorite local community gardens. Planting and garden work will go from 12-2pm, followed by a potluck. We’ll supply the plants, tools, water, and plates/utensils!

We’ll be planting a variety of herbs, along with some Ark of Taste hot peppers, including Fish Chili Peppers – an African American heirloom variety brought to this country from either the Caribbean or Africa by enslaved peoples to the many plantations that surrounded the early Chesapeake Bay settlements. The name Fish Pepper refers to its common use with seafood through the Chesapeake region. The plant has beautiful variegated leaves and seemingly no two fish chiles have the same coloration or variegation in their stripes. (Pretty cool, no? Learn more about these unique, heirloom peppers and the Ark of Taste project from master gardeners and SFDC board members, Mark Haskell and Ibti Vincent.)

WHEN: Sunday, April 27 from 12-3pm.

WHERE: Wangari Gardens (Kenyon Street, Irving Street, and Park Place NW) — just north of Washington Hospital and the McMillan Reservoir.

WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, a water bottle, and a potluck item to share (salad, appetizer, baked good, etc).

Today: Spring Kickoff Event!

Join us today at noon for the Wangari Gardens Spring Kickoff event.  We’ll have games, compost workshops, moon bounces (for all ages including adults!), free seedlings, and some food donations.
Bring a food dish to share if you can.
I hope to see lots of you today!

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April 6: Spring Kickoff Event

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Sunday, April 6, 12 – 4pm
Come to our garden opening event to celebrate the start of spring!
Here’s what you can do during the event:
  • PLOTS AVAILABLE: Fill out a plot application and learn how you may be eligible for a reduced fee.
  • COMPOSTING COOPERATIVE: Learn about our latest compost initiative and learn how your food scraps can help feed the garden.
  • LEARN ABOUT OUR NEW RAIN GARDEN: DC Water will introduce the rain garden that has been installed on site.

This is a fun opportunity to meet your fellow gardeners, neighbors, and Wangari Gardens co-directors. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact us at wangarigardens@gmail.com!

Save the Date: Garden Opening Festival, April 6

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Even though we’ve been getting another glacial hit these last couple of days, Spring is just around the corner… and so is our Gardening Opening Festival for the planting season!
April 6 will be our Garden Opening Festival.  We will have lots of games, food, and fun events. Keep your eyes peeled for more details soon!
We could really use some more help organizing the event and outreaching through the neighborhood if anyone would like to join our outreach committee.  Please email us at wangarigardens@gmail.com if you can help!

Thanks and see you all soon.

PS: The public hammock is back!

Happy 2014! Important Garden Updates

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Even though the ground is still frozen we’ve started planning for the 2014 growing year!  We’re really excited about our third year.  

We won’t be expanding or constructing any more gardens or plots this year.  This means all our money and efforts will be focused on providing weekly educational garden workshops, monthly fun events (cookouts, movies in the park, festivals, etc) and new programs (like a seedling cooperative and a compost cooperative).  We want to focus this year on expanding our educational and programming capacity.  Please email us at wangarigardens@gmail.com if you have any great ideas for this year.  

Returning Gardeners

At this time we are asking everyone to let us know if you will be returning to garden with us this year.  Please send an email to wangarigardens@gmail.com telling us whether you will continue to garden your plot this year or not. Please include your plot number in your email.
You can pay the $50 plot fee on Paypal (unless you have a free plot agreement and need to continue this agreement).  The deadline to pay this year is March 15th.  After this deadline, your plot may be given away.
To pay on Paypal either:
1.  Go to www.wangarigardens.org and follow the Paypal link
2.  or create an account and “send money to a friend” using our email wangarigardens@gmail.com.  (I think we can skip the service charge that way)
You can also mail a check (written to Wangari Gardens) or cash to my house at:
Wangari Gardens
2918 Sherman Ave NW
Washington DC 20001

Monthly Volunteer Requirement

Thanks to the help we are receiving from our internship program, we will be lowering the monthly volunteer requirement to 1 hour.  That means you have fewer hours to put in! However, that also means that we’re holding everyone more strictly to this requirement in order to keep the garden growing. Wangari Gardens was designed to be an inclusive garden park that creates a culture that gives back to community.  Unless there is a reasonable reason why you can’t volunteer, we will not renew your plot next year if you don’t volunteer this year.  If you do not think you can commit 1 hour of volunteering a month (unless you have a reasonable excuse) please do not sign up for a personal plot.
The maintenance team leaders are meeting next week to retweak the maintenance system.  If you have any suggestions on how to improve this system please email me this week at wangarigardens@gmail.com.

Garden Orientation

This year, we will be requiring everyone to participate in a garden orientation in the Spring.  It will be a chance to teach everyone about our different gardens, programs and resources and make sure everyone is on the same page.  We’ll make the orientations fun!  Keep your eyes open for the dates of our upcoming Spring orientation.

Seedling Cooperative

Angela Swayze, the new Director of Communication, will be organizing our Seedling CooperativeWe will be installing plexiglass into our cold frames (the boxes by the shed with windows on top).  Once installed, we will be growing seedlings in them.  We can start cool weather seedlings really soon and warm weather seedlings in mid March.  Everyone who helps with the seedlings will be able to take a few for their plots.  The rest will go in our public gardens.

If you would like to be apart of our seedling cooperative please email us this week at wangarigardens@gmail.com and arswayze@aol.com to let us know.

Cookbook

And lastly, thanks to Kenneth Moore for putting together our first Wangari Gardens cookbook.  These are all recipes from our own gardeners.  This cookbook was one of the kickstarted thank you rewards will gave to our donors, but Kenneth Moore did such a great job I think everyone should enjoy this! 
Thank you everyone for your time!
Josh Singer

Want a free plot? Let us know!

smilingWe’re looking for 2 more maintenance leaders to help coordinate the maintenance of the public gardens.  In exchange for helping with the public gardens you get your plot fee waived or you get additional free growing space! What a deal!
Please let us know as soon as you can if you’re interested by emailing us at wangarigardens@gmail.com.