Recap of NFI’s First Volunteer Workday of 2012 Season!

March 12, 2012

Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Category: General News Stories from the Garden

The following post was contributed by long-time volunteer and supporter Neil Z:

On March 10, 2012 NFI launched the start of its 2012 growing season by kicking off the first volunteer workday of the year.

There were more people at the Fort Totten site than I have ever seen before, and that felt great! The excitement of being in the dirt in good weather, the enjoyment of new experiences and new facts, and the exhilaration of many, many first-time NFI volunteers were all palpable.

In addition to the first NFI workday, this was also the first of the monthly Mamie D. Lee Community Garden (MDLCG) garden-wide workdays.

Among the day’s tasks were:



  • Cutting and tilling under cover crops
  • Weeding broccoli, chard and other patches
  • Harvesting of “orphan” wintered-over crops; the broccoli, young garlic and greens were really good.


  • Path maintenance
  • Moving the shed/building a new shed
  • Compost bin maintenance

If you missed out on the fun, no worries! You can join the NFI volunteer team by sending an email to the volunteer coordinator: kristin at

Rather than write any more about the great day we had, I thought I would mostly document the day’s activities by sharing photos below. If you like what you see, consider joining us on Wednesday late afternoons or Saturday starting at 9am. Hope to see you in the field!

Some of the NFI volunteers in the NFI fields

MDLCG plotholders moving the shed – cinder blocks on the ground mark the new location.

Mixture of MDLCG and NFI volunteers working on the compost bins (constructed from wooden pallets).

NFI volunteers weeding the broccoli.

More weeding to be done!

NFI volunteers turning under the cover crop (after the tall portions were cut).

Brenda Estrella (NFI Executive Director) and Kristin Georger (NFI Volunteer Coordinator) catching up on the work.

NFI volunteers at the midday snack break.

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