Thursday, January 27, 2011

Volunteer this Saturday (1/29) to help the build a Community Garden at MLK Rail Station

Sustainable Food Center is creating its headquarters, which will include a new program center and community and teaching gardens, at the new MLK MetroRail Station near MLK and Airport. Our headquarters and the gardens will be part of a new "nonprofit village" to include PeopleFund, Theater Action Project, and SFC, and a neighborhood park, to include a skate park, a new stretch of hike and bike trail, and more. This is a truly exciting project for us, and the community and teaching gardens will be the first element of SFC's portion to be created. Since the community garden will truly belong to the community (residents, organizations, and institutions in surrounding neighborhoods), we are looking for involvement and help spreading the word from you!

Last June, the MLK garden design team and SFC hosted an open house and community discussion where we received valuable input about how the garden should be designed and used. Over the past several months, we've been hard at work integrating this input into a design that fits the landscape and incorporates desired programmatic elements, but still leaves room for flexibility and community input. We're now ready to enter the land preparation stage—this means clearing unwanted brush, amending the soil, planting cover crops, and more—and we wanted to invite you all to be involved in the process.

Want to get involved, and want a sneak preview of the garden site? On Saturday, January 29th, from 9 am - 1 pm, we’ll be hosting the first of a series of volunteer workdays to clear the community garden site of brush and prepare it for sheet composting, which will be used to enrich the existing soil in preparation for planting (our goal for a first planting for the garden is the spring of 2012). You are cordially invited to lend a hand, and we’d be much obliged if you could help us spread the word and recruit helpers (who might eventually become community gardeners) for this, and future, workdays!

If you would like to lend a hand on the 29th, or if you can't make it, but would like more information about this project, please contact Sari at sari [AT] sustainablefoodcenter.org. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, since we have more details for you, and since this way we’ll know how many people to expect. Please bring gloves and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes, as there is scrubby brush and some poison ivy at this site.

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