Thursday, March 22, 2007

Edible Urban Garden Class

Course Description

Introduction to Urban Edible Gardens -- Gardening as if your meals depend on it.

April 6- April 8, 2007. Washington D.C.

Learn to garden organically in an urban environment. This hands-on and intensive two and a half day workshop will teach you how to grow a variety of food in your urban yard (or patio). Taking into account all the obstacles an urban setting presents to a gardener, this course covers how to work with "urban nature" rather than against it and to take advantage of valuable urban resources. Topics of the course will include, but are not limited to: low-maintenance gardening & design, soil amendments & preparation, water catchment, composting — all through a permaculture* approach.
*Permaculture is a method of working with nature to design systems to provide basic human needs such as food, shelter and health. This workshop serves as an introduction to the wisdom of permaculture and its possibilities for application in Washington D.C. (The material covered in this course can be applied to a full 72-hour permaculture certification course).

Instructor: Marisha Auerbach. Joining us from Olympia, Washington, Marisha is a long-time permaculture educator and practitioner. She specializes in sustainable urban food production, flower essences and herbal tinctures and has taught courses across the US, Canada and Central America. For more information on Marisha, visit her website

* Intro: Friday, April 6th. 7-10pm. Location: To be announced.
* Part I: Saturday, April 7th. 10am- 5pm. Location: The 7th Street Garden.
* Part II: Sunday, April 8th. 12pm- 6pm. Location: The 7th Street Garden.
* Cost: $150, due March 16th. *Work/trade or scholarships available for qualifying residents. (Intro & Part I only: $100) Deposit: $75, due March 15th.

For more information and to register contact: Liz Falk at 7thStreetGarden [at] or (202) 722 2962.,

Course Schedule (Topics may change slightly)

Friday, April 6: 7-10pm. Location: To be announced.
Growing your own Food! Introduction to course. Talk, slide show and video summarizes topics of the course. Hands-on: make seed balls

Saturday, April 7: 10 am – 5 pm. Location: The 7th Street Garden

10 – 10:30am: Introductions, Introduction to The 7th Street Garden
10:30 – 11am: Food Security: Where does our food come from? The future of our food.
11 – 11:30am: What is permaculture? Why is it a response to the changing state of food? To climate change? To overall sustainability?
11:30am – 12 pm: Permaculture ethics: The ethics that we live by.
12 – 1 pm: Waste, compost, waste=food.
Hands-on: Build compost bin/pile appropriate for urban environment (if outside, to keep the rats out & inside composting for apartment residents)
1 – 2pm: lunch (provided)
2 – 2:30 pm: Permaculture principles
3 pm – 5 pm: Introduction to soils, the power of mushrooms, mulching, manure, sheet mulching, 'Food Not Lawns'
Hands-on: Sheet mulching, inoculate mushrooms

Sunday, April 8: 12 pm – 6 pm. Location: The 7th Street Garden

12 – 12:30pm: Best of yesterday, recap of ethics and principles
12:30 – 2 pm: Design methodologies; design for your urban garden space
2 – 3pm: Using your backyard or patio: Herbs, Building raised beds, containers gardens
Hands-on: Build an herb spiral, plant containers
3 – 3:15pm: break (snack provided)
3:15 – 4:15 pm: Capturing water, conserving water, and watering your garden
Hands-on: Set up rain barrels
4:15 – 5 pm: Perennial Forage Systems (How to create low-maintenance food gardens), Envisioning and planning for the future
Hands-on: Sowing, transplanting, broadcast
5:15 – 6 pm: Urban food security, envisioning possibilities, finishing hands-on, closing

About the 7th Street Garden--- The 7th Street Garden is located in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood. The Garden is a highly productive community food
garden wherein low income residents learn to grow, utilize and market local, seasonal and affordable produce. The Garden will greatly contribute to food security, economic opportunity and enhance the environmental in this community. As well, we are committed to creating a site that demonstrates urban environmental sustainability. The 7th Street Garden will educate and engage youth and adults, instill a sense of neighborhood pride where ideas can flourish, senses will be engaged, defenses will be disarmed and
multidisciplinary educational opportunities will abound.

BAA meeting TODAY

| Blagden Alley Association |
| Monthly Meeting |
| |
| THURSDAY, March 22, 2007 |
| 7:30-9:00 pm |
| Steve and Kristi's |
| 915 M Street, NW |

The newsletter is at

1. Local house price talk.
With Elizabeth Blakeslee and Connie Maffin.
Industry numbers, and what's selling and what's not.
2. A bit Ninth Street history and upcoming banners:
Main Streets' Design Committee Chair Brent Kruse.
3. Police.
4. More. A lot more.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

5C Meeting 3/20

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C

March 20, 2007
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
McKinley Technology High School, 151 T Street, NE

Call to Order and Welcoming Roll Call

Part I: Community Concerns and Presentations 7:05 p.m.
Note: The audience is asked tobe recognized by the Commission Chair to make comments, and to limit question/comment to 30 seconds. Every effort will be made to recognize all that seek to speak, but only one person will be recognized at a time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

1. Acknowledgements of Special Guests and Community Leaders
2. Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.
3. Introduction of Presenters:
Public Safety Report: Lt. Wright, 5D MPD and Alice Harper, CSOSA.....….. by Commissioner Hammond, ANC5C Public Safety Liaison

Proposed New Restaurant: Mr. Julius Bell .....…. by Commissioner Bonds, SMD 5C01

4. Update on Armstrong School Renovation plans ..........…. Commissioner Hammond
5. Update on National Marathon run through ANC5C ..….. Commissioner Davenport
6. Update on Bloomingdale Farmers Market plans ........….. Commissioner Davenport
7. Update on Saint Martin's Housing Plan ............ ......... . Commissioner Farmer-Allen
8. Community Concerns and Announcements
9. Update from Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services …… Alice Thompson, Ward 5 Coordinator
10. Single Member Districts Reports
11. ANC Committee Reports

Part II: Committee of the Whole Executive Session 8:30 p.m.

Note: This portion of the meeting is reserved for COMMISSION ACTION ONLY. The audience is asked to hold their comments to share with their Single Member District Representative at the conclusion of the meeting. Thanks again for your cooperation.

1. Approval of the Minutes of 1/16/07 and 2/20/07 ............ Commissioner Grant
2. Treasurer's Report ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ........ Commissioner DeFoe

Outstanding Business:
3. Return of Outstanding ANC Property ............ ......... ......... .. Commissioner DeFoe
4. Ratification of Operating Rules and Procedures ............ ..... Commissioner Phillips
5. Status of Use of Catholic U and the Storage Lease .......… Commissioner Salatti

New Business:
6. Support Request for Full Yum Curb Cut (withdrawn). . Commissioner Hammond
7. Pay Bills …………………………………..... Commissioner Daneker
8. New Proposal for office site at DOES ............ .... Commissioner Bonds
9. 2007 ANC Meeting Schedule and Location
10. Status of Community Grants of 12/06
11. Agenda Items for Next Meeting of ANC


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