Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Neighborhood Farm Initiative Collaborative, sustainable food growing in urban spaces!
The Neighborhood Farm Initiative's main garden site is located near Fort Totten metro station (red, yellow, and green line trains, many bus lines). To get to the garden from the Fort Totten metro station, turn left (north) and walk up the sidewalk past where the buses stop. Across from the parking lot and after some trees, you'll see a paved path going up over a slight hill on your left (going west), take that path across a field and you'll see us at the top of the hill! If you map it, 100 Gallatin Street NE DC 20011, you'll see the field from the satellite view and the path that connects Gallatin street to the metro stop. Email [email protected] for directions to the site if needed.
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We teach people to grow food in the city, providing everything new gardeners need to start growing some of their own, with lots of help and support along the way.

Mission: Our mission is to make the benefits of our Kitchen Garden Education program available to more of those who can most benefit from it, especially low-income families who struggle with food insecurity.

From pickled garlic with garden green dumplings to kittens and kale. Thanks for sharing, Bernice!
09/05/2019
Five months of community gardening!

From pickled garlic with garden green dumplings to kittens and kale. Thanks for sharing, Bernice!

Davy and I have been gardening at the Mamie D. Lee Community Garden in DC, a historic garden on National Park Service land that began as a victory garden. Today it has over 90 members of all ages f…

https://donate.seedmoney.org/2350/neighborhood-farm-initiative-class-of-2019We're so far from our goal right now that it...
12/15/2018

https://donate.seedmoney.org/2350/neighborhood-farm-initiative-class-of-2019

We're so far from our goal right now that it seems impossible. We are working to make sure more people experience the pride and dignity that food gardening offers, along with a that same optimism that Mandela embodied even at the darkest of times. Reaching your final campaign goal seems impossible right now. Nothing will stop our work - but we sure could use your help!

https://donate.seedmoney.org/2350/neighborhood-farm-initiative-class-of-2019

Sprouts!
12/11/2018

Sprouts!

To wind up and countdown the final week of our seedmoney challenge, I introduce NFI's Daily Food PornA Week of Food Porn...
12/07/2018

To wind up and countdown the final week of our seedmoney challenge,
I introduce NFI's Daily Food Porn
A Week of Food Porn, day #1: pea shoots

Blooming cabbage!
12/07/2018

Blooming cabbage!

Pegplant
12/06/2018
Pegplant

Pegplant

Parsley is one of those easy to grow landscape edibles that adds beauty to your garden and flavor to your cooking. Here in Northern Virginia, parsley can stay green above ground all winter long. Parsley is a biennial, it produces foliage the first year and flowers the second year. I have set aside a small area in the ground I call the parsley patch. [ 236 more words ]
https://pegplant.com/2018/12/02/parsley-a-landscape-edible/

I actually prefer admiring the One Girl's Garden Challenge photos as an array, rather than a slide show, though it reall...
12/06/2018

I actually prefer admiring the One Girl's Garden Challenge photos as an array, rather than a slide show, though it really doesn't translate as a thumbnail!

How much can one girl grow?
12/06/2018

How much can one girl grow?

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12/06/2018

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This photo gallery represents my attempt to answer the question: How much can one girl grow?
The answer? Well, the bounty increases every year and yields are spiraling upward but even new growers can have great success.

So here it is: A YEAR OF HARVEST FROM ONE GIRL'S GARDEN

11/26/2018

If you have ten dollars to spare, this tiny, all-volunteer group in DC is working hard to help people learn to grow - they could really use some help! https://donate.seedmoney.org/ …/neighborhood-farm-initiative…

Tonight, many of our student gardeners will enjoy some of the fruits of their labor at their thanks giving table: sweet ...
11/22/2018

Tonight, many of our student gardeners will enjoy some of the fruits of their labor at their thanks giving table: sweet potatoes, garlic, herbs and even fresh greens!
We are an all-volunteer organization, with a deep commitment to helping low-income DC families learn to grow their own food. If you can, please help us help more families learn to grow. https://donate.seedmoney.org/2350/neighborhood-farm-initiative-class-of-2019

11/17/2018
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It was a great morning in the garden yesterday, with Joe sharing knowledge about inter-planting and garden planning. We ...
04/15/2018

It was a great morning in the garden yesterday, with Joe sharing knowledge about inter-planting and garden planning. We have two spots left in our summer program at Fort Totten, and still time for you to join us!

I love the way the spent seed hulls cling to the tips of onion sprouts.
04/07/2018

I love the way the spent seed hulls cling to the tips of onion sprouts.

There is a garden plot waiting for you here at Fort Totten. Come claim it and start growing!
03/29/2018

There is a garden plot waiting for you here at Fort Totten. Come claim it and start growing!

Smithsonian Gardens
03/06/2018
Smithsonian Gardens

Smithsonian Gardens

We are excited to share more about a fellow garden history preservation project in this #CommunityofGardens story. In 2013, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative received a generous grant from Humanities DC to conduct oral histories with community gardeners in Washington, D.C. Listen to Louise M., longtime DC community gardener, share her story and learn more about this significant initiative on: http://s.si.edu/2FYyk9m

We also recommend listening to the full oral histories at the DC Digital Museum website: http://s.si.edu/2FjQUHH

Its still too early for most seed-starting but its time for onions!We've got one flat each of Wall Walla, White Sweet Sp...
02/08/2018
Onions | University of Maryland Extension

Its still too early for most seed-starting but its time for onions!
We've got one flat each of Wall Walla, White Sweet Spanish, Leeks and Chives. This will be NFIs year of the onion!
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/onions

Onions are often grouped according to taste (mild and strong flavored), color (white, yellow, and red) and use (storage or freshly eaten). Globe varieties tend to keep longer in storage.Onion cultivars also have different requirements as to the number of hours of daylight required to make a bulb. If...

01/19/2018

There are so many reasons that people want to learn to grow food. Whether they simply want to eat more vegetables, have a goal to reduce food waste and over packaging, or whether their working to reduce carbon consumption by building a more sustainable and equitable local food-system, most gardeners admit that what keeps them growing is the peace, purpose and connected-ness that they find in the garden.

Heres another great resource. A how what where when planting guide for a whole bunch of different veggies. Dreaming of S...
01/11/2018
Growing Tips & Videos

Heres another great resource. A how what where when planting guide for a whole bunch of different veggies. Dreaming of Springtime ...

growing organic, garden tips, organic garden tips, how to grow organic, growing from seed

There are so many reasons that people want to learn to grow some of their own food. But whether their goal is just to ea...
01/08/2018

There are so many reasons that people want to learn to grow some of their own food. But whether their goal is just to eat more vegetables, or to reduce carbon dependence by building a more sustainable and equitable local food-system, most gardeners will admit that what keeps them coming back to the garden week after week and year after year, is the peace and connected-ness that they find there.

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6808 Laurel St NW
Washington D.C., DC
20011

Fort Totten: Red, green, & yellow lines - and lots of bus routes!

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(Sorry If Not Allowed Please Delite) Our family is having a rough time now I have seizures most everyday or some type of symptoms such as my eye closing, lip movements, speech problems and my limbs doing whatever they like so I have not been able to work for many years been turned down for disability three times I gave up trying I haven't been able to make soap since last summer well we were a one income family and my husband was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and had surgery in November was suppose to be out of work for 6- 8 weeks and then was told to file for disability because everything got worse after the surgery well if anyone has any extra seed they could spare we have our ground worked up and want to plant vegetables any kind to preserve for our family to eat we have three children in the home two 10 year olds and a 21 year old who is a full time college student at our community college and we are wanting to plant flower seeds because we are trying to help the bees and pollinators because they are very important to us all so we have worked up most of our land well sorry if this is to long a post if you have seeds to spare we have ground to plant them but no money to buy them or other seeds to trade for them we got some sample seeds from our local seed library. Thank you
We have less than 24-hours left to make our stretch goal, so we need to raise $450 by noon tomorrow. We are offering a Gift Bag 'o Greens for donations over $75 today to help us achieve our goal.