Carrots Galore at the Ward 8 Market!

June 27, 2011

Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Category: General News

The following post is by Volunteer Coordinator Intern Clara. Thanks to Clara, Michelle and Whit for tabling for NFI!

This past Saturday, NFI made an appearance at the Ward 8 Farmers Market as a part of the market booth project led by DC’s Field to Fork Network.

From 9 AM to 2 PM NFI and other farmers welcomed children and adults (and everyone in between) to THEARC parking lot to peruse vegetables, berries, breads, and meats. A nutritionist was also available to patrons. Every child was soon toting around a vegetable stuffed animal, a healthy granola snack AND a carrot! (Or three!)

In addition to spreading the word of NFI’s mission and inviting volunteers to the Ft. Totten site, we distributed carrots sticks freshly harvested from the garden on Wednesday – and they were delicious! Thank you to the volunteers who came to the workday on Wed! None of the farmers selling produce had carrots available, so we took it upon ourselves to share the love!

Although we collected emails and donations and shared knowledge of NFI and the Field to Fork Network, our main exchanges were that of carrots and stories. We shared our carrots and market-goers shared their gardening stories (or lack thereof). We discussed work done in personal backyard gardens, the need for a community garden in the area surrounding THEARC and the occasional fear of dirt. One elderly woman, when asked if she would be interested in gardening at the NFI Ft. Totten site, replied: “No thank you, I am far too young for that.” The most common comment we received from children and adults alike: “This is the best carrot I have ever had!” Why? Because they were grown in DC soil, of course.

Inspired? NFI will be at Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market on July 18 and Ward 8 Farmer’s Market on July 23. Email us at if you want to help out!

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