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

Email to receive more information or to apply

grow at neighborhoodfarminitiative dot org

 

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We’re grateful for our generous supporting partners!

Mom’s Organic Market

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Love & Carrots

Mamie D. Lee Community Garden

National Park Service

 

 

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

Read about the in-the-garden experience from a participant in our 2016 program!

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We provide everything you need to successfully grow your own fresh, local, organic food. Tools, seedlings, and your own garden plot are included. The class assumes no prior experience, so total beginners are welcome – as are growers with some experience who want to take it to the next level.

 

You can grow these cool weather vegetables:

 

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And these hot weather vegetables

 

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And much much more!

 

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.  Wednesday sessions are optional, but will be continuous throughout the growing season (weather permitting) even during the program lecture break in July and August.

Feb 17            Introduction, Seed Kits
March 3       Plot Assignments
March 17      Seeds, Starting Indoors and Direct Sowing
March 31      The Living Soil
April 14         Planning: Succession & Inter-Planting
April 28        Weeds: Food or Medicine
May 12          Pest Management
May 26         Troubleshooting and Diagnosis of Disease
June  9          Pruning and Staking
July 14          Composting
Sept 8            Fall crops and seed saving
Sept 29         Cover Crops and extending the growing season
Oct 20           Row Cover workshop

          Getting down & dirty

 

“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.”

 

Click here to register and pay

For more information email us at

Grow at Neighborhood Farm Initiative dot org

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