Rabiah showing off her first corn harvest
It feels as though summer has already come and gone by the changes in tempreature around the DC area. This season has been uncharacteristically cool (which is a welcome!), but means that fall is just around the corner. These past three months our participants and volunteers have worked hard to dig, plant, and weed to harvest fresh, local produce! Their labor has finally paid off though! All of our participants are harvesting their summer fresh veggies of beans, tomatoes, corn, eggplants, cucumbers, okra, basil, and much more!
Our summer class ended on August 2, with a total of 27 graduating gardeners! We are even more excited to have 10 of those 27 returning to enroll in our fall class. Due to your support, we were able to extend two of our full-scholarship participants into the fall class as well as one of our work-study participants.
We had a great deal of help this year with our Urban Garden Mentors, two mentors were former NFI volunteers, and two were former participants in either our summer or winter programs from last year. It was wonderful to see them pass on their knowledge and also a learn a new thing or two from the new gardeners.
With the large flow of harvests coming in, we've been able to donate tons of fresh food to Thrive DC, a non-profit that provides a new start for anyone experiencing food insecurity, housing instability and/or economic crisis. They offer hope and the first steps toward a life of independence and self-sufficiency. NFI's donation of healthy, fresh produce from is used to supplement their Fresh Food Emergency Pantry Program.
Want to learn more about what we've been up to this summer? Read our blog, written by our summer participant, Ian, who provides tips on gardening, what to do with those pesky pests, and how much weeding there really is to be done!
Thank you again for all of your support. Without your help we couldn't have had such a successful growing year. We are excited to close out the season with our fall class, so stay tuned for pumpkins, turnips, and more!
From all of us at NFI
Fresh tomato tasting with Edgewood Terrance
Instructor Joe teaching about a cucumber trellis
Volunteers learning about composting
Free small scale gardening workshop
Intern Katie talks about edible weeds