Let’s Grow Together!
May 04, 2017 by BFC in City Orchard Food Access In the Community Rooftop Gardens
If you’ve never visited one of our rooftop gardens or City Orchard, you are REALLY missing out! Look at how much fun you could be having!
OK, so it’s also a lot of work, but what isn’t??
(Horn tooting ahead —>) There’s no doubt that we’re doing great urban agriculture work here at Bread for the City. We’re REALLY proud of it! But in order to sustain this work, we need some things (saw that one coming did you?).
Bread for the City’s Sustainable Agriculture department is in need of the following items as seen on our wishlist:
• Blue N Fertilizer
• Garden Soil
• Garden Stakes (Large)
• Gardening Gloves
• Gardening Hand Tools (trowels, cultivators, pruners, knives, and scissors)
• Gardening Hats
• Kelp Plant Food Fertilizer
• Large Woven Baskets
• Paper Portion Cups
• Peat Moss
• Planting Pots and Seedling Trays (Assorted Sizes)
• Reusable Grocery Bags
• Non-GMO Seeds (Herbs, Vegetables, Annual Fruits, and Native Pollinator Flowers)
• Small Forks and Spoons
• Super K Fertilizer
• Victorinox Serrated Harvesting Knives
A few reasons why Sustainable Ag. needs these materials:
• Fresh produce comes from various kinds of seeds, bulbs, cuttings, and rootstocks. We need seeds and the like to grow herbs, vegetables, annual fruits and native pollinators in our gardens to encourage healthier eating habits and cultivate a sustainable environment.
• We make our own potting soil mix using compost, peat moss, perlite to get seedlings off to a healthy start! Seedlings are transplanted in our gardens and offered to clients in pots for growing their own fresh produce.
• To keep our plants healthy, we supplement their diets with plant food. This is why we need fertilizer.
• All garden activities provide clients, volunteers, and visitors with hands-on education about urban agriculture and urban sustainability.
• Our orchard requires regular maintenance such as pruning, weeding, mulching, trellising and more.
• City Orchard relies heavily on volunteers to support with these tasks as well as harvesting, processing, and packaging produce. Items such as gloves, wheelbarrows, pruners, harvesting knives and gardening hats help us accomplish our work with ease.
• All orchard activities provide clients and volunteers with hands-on education about urban agriculture and urban sustainability.
We’d be so very grateful if you’d send gifts to:
Bread for the City
Attn. Volunteer & In-Kind Manager
1525 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Bread for the City’s City Orchard is sustained in part through the support of the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences.
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