COVID-19: What We’re Doing to Keep Our Community Safe

Hello Wangari Friends and Family,

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of the ongoing outbreak, we’ve decided, unfortunately, to cancel the Opening Day party planned for April 5th. We hope to replace the party with a mid-season gathering, possibly in July.

As a community-oriented organization, we are very concerned about our most vulnerable neighbors. Are you or someone you know a part of the high-risk
group or in contact with someone who is and in need of help to run errands? If you’re having a hard time linking up with a volunteer, you can request help at this link or you can let us know and we will get you in touch with one of the many other pop-up groups coordinating volunteers to get help to you, ASAP.

Regarding upcoming workdays: We feel that gardening may be therapeutic during this time of uncertainty and we want to keep the cistern filled for gardeners. But we don’t want to encourage large gatherings for a workday or ask anyone who is a part of the high-risk group to come out. April workdays will not be mandatory, but we are hoping that a small crew of volunteers will come out on each of the April workdays to set up and take down the hoses. In May we will reassess how upcoming workdays will look, with a focus on protecting at-risk individuals. We may continue filling the cistern with a skeleton crew this summer until it is safe for us to gather in groups.

If you’d like to volunteer, please sign up on the new “AprilWorkdaySignup” tab of the plotholder spreadsheet. The CDC advisories have been changing quickly regarding COVID-19; along with everyone else, we will be monitoring the situation and planning accordingly.

Be well,

The Wangari board

Help Shape the Future of the Garden!

Last weekend, we had a working session to solicit ideas for the future of the garden, led by a UMD School of Architecture class. The students will be taking that input to mock up several designs for us to review in creating a sacred space that we have funding for, and in seeking additional grant opportunities to improve the garden and surrounding green space.

Did you miss the community meeting? Fear not! You can still help us set the vision for Wangari Gardens by taking this online survey by Wednesday, February 19:
https://forms.gle/xBuynfMxvg1PGjT37. In this survey, we will ask you about what features you want to see and what design styles you prefer.

Stay tuned for more, and mark your calendars for March 17, when the designs will be presented to the ANC. Please contact us if you have questions in the meantime.

Feb 8th – Set the Vision for Wangari Gardens Park

Join us on February 8th at 2 pm at District Bridges to provide your input on how Wangari Gardens and the surrounding park can best serve the community. We have some limited resources to make improvements that will create a shared space that celebrates the community in meaningful ways.  All are welcome!  Help us develop a vision for the future of this green space – an urban oasis in your neighborhood.

Location:  District Bridges, 3400 11th St NW Suite 200.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/set-the-vision-for-wangari-gardens-tickets-91917799613.

Pre-Season Meeting Jan. 25

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 3-5 pm.

Come one come all to the 2020 pre season meeting and potluck! We will talk about our goals and plans for the upcoming season and pick new leadership for the garden. All are welcome whether you are a neighbor, plotholder, or just someone interested in learning more about the garden!

RSVP on Facebook or email us (wangarigardens@gmail.com) for location.

Review and add to the agenda here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/12JOIzVARCb_btlguaCt1WKyPh-u8DQgPDWt5-R4afBg/

Work Days at 10 am Starting July 14

Now that it is the hottest time of the year and we have a hose that can fill the cistern twice as fast, gardeners voted overwhelmingly to have a SINGLE work day shift that is from 10AM-12PM each Sunday beginning July 14.

We’re treating this as a trial run — if it turns out that a shorter shift is not enough to keep the cistern full  we’ll need to go back to two 2-hour shifts, or have a single longer shift.  For now, it will be especially important to fill the cistern for as long as possible each work day. Make sure to show up on time and get the hoses set up ASAP so we can start filling. And do not skip filling the cistern on your work dayeven if it is close to full.

This new time will start on July 14.  As always thanks to our gardeners and volunteers for keeping the garden growing!

Sunday Morning Yoga is Back!

Yoga starts this Sunday at Wangari! Join Lauren Scott of Yoga Heights for a fun, friendly, 60-minute flow class at the garden on April 28 at 9am. All levels welcome! No need to sign up – just bring your own mat and arrive a few minutes early. Donations appreciated.

Wangari Gardens will host weekly donation-based yoga classes every Sunday at 9am, from April 28 through September 29.

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Build Day and Opening Party March 31, 11 am – 2 pm

Wangari Gardens is opening the 2019 season with a build day and party. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather together and start the season off with a high-energy, fun-filled, event for gardeners and their housemates, neighbors, friends, and families! You’ll also get help rebuilding your plot.

Please RSVP here and stay tuned for additional details.

Plotholders:  If you have time – please go by the garden to find your plot and check its condition.

Bring:

  • Your family, friends, and neighbors – All are welcome!
  • Hammers and battery operated electric drills you might have at home
  • Any SEEDS you want to share
  • A SNACK to share – we are aiming for low- to zero-waste at the garden so please NO plastic bags, single-use plastic utensils, plates, bowls, or solo cups. Best options are finger-foods in a reusable container.
  • Your own WATER or DRINK – This event is BYOB (Bring your own beverage) in a reusable bottle if you have one!

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Garden Plots Available for 2019

Want to grow vegetables but don’t have the yard space?  Wangari Gardens has a number of personal plots available for the 2019 season!  We are located between Kenyon Street, Irving Street, and Park Place NW, and give preference to those who live nearby.  Click here to learn more about our application process and to apply for a plot.

Please contact us if you need Spanish translation in order to participate!