Planting Seeds for Urban Gardens
Growing interest in where food comes from has naturally led to a greater interest in gardening. Seed sales are up. And gardening courses are, pardon the pun, sprouting up everywhere.
Planting a few herbs and tomatoes is easy. But for those with greater ambition, Common Good City Farm, located at Third and V streets NW, is offering a weekend urban food garden design course June 26 and 27. Sponsored by Seeds of Change and the Permaculture Institute, the two-day program will outline how to design a sustainable, perennial garden.
Saturday opens with an overview of the principles of permaculture, a philosophy that encourages gardeners to recreate the natural relationships between plants and animals. By the end of the weekend, participants will have learned about how to observe a garden's water flows, wind and sunlight and design a healthy, sustainable "food forest" in their own back yard.
The cost of the weekend course is $200, though there are several scholarships available for low-income participants. The course is filling up fast, so interested parties should sign up soon.
If this sounds a little involved, Common Good City Farm offers less intensive alternatives. Each month, it invites volunteers to come learn about gardening on its half-acre farm, which grows organic fruits and vegetables for low-income residents in Washington. The June program is already full. Register early for July and August volunteer programs.
-- Jane Black
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