A Kitchen Garden Education

Our skilled instructors teach successful, effective growing techniques for you to apply in your own community garden plot at Fort Totten. 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!

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Grow your own vegetables!

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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

Applicants who qualify for SNAP, and other federal assistance programs, automatically qualify to participate in the Kitchen Garden Education Program at no cost.

For more information email us at

Grow at Neighborhood Farm Initiative dot org

 

 

“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 2017 Program begins on Saturday, February 25

Following is the full 2017 program calendar. 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 25              Intro & Seed Kits
Mar 11            Plot Assignments
Mar 25            The Living Soil
April 8             Spring Crops
April 22           Mulch, Irrigation & Weeds
May 6              Summer Crops
May 20            Pests & Disease
June 3              Harvesting & Weeds
June 17            Compost  
July 8               Fall Crops
Sept 16             Seed Saving
Oct 14              Cover Crops
Oct 28             Extending the Season

          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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