May 2009 at NFI

June 1, 2009

Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Category: General News

So we got really busy in the garden & got totally behind in our blogging :( SORRY!!

In short – May was a really great month at the Neighborhood Farm Initiative. We:
* Retrieved all of our plants out of the greenhouse we were renting & held some re-potting workdays, inc battling an aphid infestation!
* Held the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th classes in the Gardening Education Program (Planning your garden, Transplanting, and Mulching & Irrigation)
* Had a booth at the Brookland Sunday farmers’ market, accepting suggested donations for organically grown heirloom tomato seedlings
* Started our CSG share pickups with some beautiful organically grown lettuces and herbs
* Participated in the community garden-wide cleanup day
* Josh (NFI co-coordinator) got married!!
* Had a number of volunteer workdays at the garden – in May alone, NFI hosted 51 distinct volunteers (37 new), performing a total of 265 volunteer hours!!

Whew!!! Here are a few photos so you can see what we did – more photos available at:

Tomato plants in the greenhouse

Josh teaching about soil amendments and planning a vegetable garden
Mary teaching about transplanting seedlings

Gabe teaching about mulching and installing drip irrigation

John and Josh unrolling t-tape for the drip irrigation system

NFI’s 1st booth at the Farmers’ Market!

NFI’s 1st harvest – lettuces and radishes!

Volunteer Kaitlin leads re-building the compost piles at the garden-wide cleanup day

Volunteers weeding

More weeding!

Large volunteer crew from the Latin America Youth Center

Aaron helps out with the tilling

Volunteers added lots of compost to the field

Recently transplanted herbs

Bea and Jamie transplanting

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