Learn to grow your own vegetables

Want to grow your own vegetables? Learn how by doing it! We provide a community garden plot for you, all the tools, seeds, and seedlings you'll need, and a year of hands-on instruction and support. You will grow delicious, seasonal, organic food for yourself and your family. It's hard to beat the taste and nutrition of home-grown vegetables!

Our Program

   

NFI’s Kitchen Garden Education Program is a comprehensive, hands-on growing program at Fort Totten, one block from the Fort Totten Metro Station, in NE, Washington DC. The program is intended for new and aspiring urban gardeners, whether you are an absolute beginner, or someone who is ready to take to it to the next level with cool weather crops. You will receive your own garden plot, along with a year of instruction & guidance, and enough help & support to get you growing. We provide all the necessary supplies and materials, and access to the community tool shed, you just bring your commitment to grow!

Program cost is $600

We  offer tuition assistance, on a sliding scale, for qualified applicants. Well over half of our students represent low-income households, and participate at low or no cost. Request scholarship application by email.

 

We are accepting applications for the 2018 growing season

click here to register

or email grow at neighborhoodfarminitiative dot org

 

 

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The 2018 Program begins on Saturday, February 17

Following is the full program calendar for 2018. Listed topics will be presented through informal, in-the-garden lectures and simple demonstrations. Information presented during the talks will be reinforced during regular Wednesday evening garden mentor sessions.  Garden Mentor sessions are optional, but will be continuously available throughout the growing season (weather permitting) even during the program lecture break in July and August.

Feb 17           Introduction, Seed Kits
Mar  3          Plot Assignments
Mar 17         Joe Ludes: the Living Soil
Mar 31         Seeds and Direct Sowing
Apr 14          Planning: Succession & Inter-Planting
Apr 28         Weeds: Food or Medicine
May 12         Pest Management
May 26        Permaculture
Jun   9          Pruning and Staking
Jun 23          Composting
Jul 14           How and When to Harvest
Sep  8             Fall crops and seed saving
Sep 29          Cover Crops and extending the growing season
Oct 20         Row Cover workshop

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“My favorite part of the course was Joe’s instruction and wide-ranging knowledge- learning new things and then having the freedom to implement whatever aspects of it we wanted in our plots.” Maia

“I’m most surprised how different it feels to be farming in the earth, not a box.”  Tara

Read about the in-the-garden experience from one of our new gardeners in 2016

 

You can grow these cool weather vegetables:

 

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And these hot weather vegetables

 

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And much much more!

Click here to register and pay

For more information email us at

Grow at Neighborhood Farm Initiative dot org

We are grateful to our partners and sponsors

 

Thank you for your generous support

Mom’s Organic Market

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Love & Carrots

Mamie D. Lee Community Garden

National Park Service

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