Category Archives: Eco Friendly Living

Annual Brookland Bird Count This Saturday

Look out for the Wood Thrush – the DC State Bird!

Every December Brooklanders take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.  This year, the count will take place on Saturday morning, December 16th.  To sign up contact wonderful Brookland neighbor Anne Anderson at mobileanne (at) comcast (dot) net. From a community notice:

Every year since 1901, Counting Circles spread out over the country have gone out to identify and count the birds in their area, making this one of the most effective citizen-scientist efforts that has lasted for 116 years. We go out in the winter because all the birds have migrated by then, so everyone across the continent can count what they see and we know where the birds are at that time. This year we will be out again, and you are invited to join us here in Brookland. We are part of the Washington, DC area counting circle and will be sending our results in to be compiled with other sectors in our circle.

The Brookland area count takes place on the Catholic University grounds, at the McMillan Reservoir and the Armed Forces Retirement Home grounds. We start at 8 AM on the East side of the Shrine in the parking lot and have a route we have used for many years now. We finish around 2 PM, but you are welcome to come for a shorter time if you can’t stay the whole time. (Just please plan to stay with us for at least an hour since we need to document the number of counters by the hour.) We welcome newcomers and young people. You don’t have to be an expert at identifying birds, just willing to help us look 360 degrees so we don’t miss any birds flying by.

If you would like to come out on Saturday morning, Dec. 16th, please let me know so that I can send you updates as the date gets closer. And, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Just reply to mobileanne@comcast.net.

Brookland’s Right Proper Brewing Company Goes Solar

We already love Right Proper’s delicious beer, but now there is even more reason to raise a glass. We recently found out that the Brookland based brewery is now run completely on solar power. Way to go guys! Check out this tweet below:

Right proper is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

Community Cleanup This Saturday Near Turkey Thicket As Part Of SWEEP Program

We thought neighbors would be interested in knowing about this cleanup and outreach effort going on in the neighborhood Saturday. From an email:

This Saturday, August 12, from 9am to 5pm, the DC Department of Public Works and DC Superior Court’s Community Court program will have a joint project just north of Turkey Thicket. It will be a clean-up and canvassing project by ~15 people who have a community service requirement as part of a sentence or part of getting their case dismissed. DPW will be assigning the tasks (as they usually do with those who perform their court community service at a DPW site or on a DPW project). Volunteers will be cleaning up or canvassing the neighborhood, giving out information on DPW’s Solid Waste Education & Enforcement Program (SWEEP). The Court will have a table and tent at the corner of 10th St and Perry, with information about court programs and to answer any questions area residents may have.

14th Annual Brookland (Tuesday) Farmer’s Market Returns Next Week

We are happy to report that Licking Creek Bend Farm, a sustainable farm located in Pennsylvania will be returning to supply Brookland with their amazing selection of fresh produce.  Every year they have been known for excellent items like  juicy peaches, huge heirloom tomatoes, nectarines and corn. In addition to the amazing produce, there are others vendors selling items like breads, home-made granola, pastries and more. I encourage all  Brooklanders to come out and support our farmers market! The market will set up every Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm under the Drew Bridge (Michigan St.)  next to the Brookland Metro starting Tuesday June 6th.

Rhode Island Row Farmer’s Market Opens Saturday

Rhode Island Row’s farmer’s market is back for its second season. This time around, the market will be on Saturdays and the streets  will be closed to create a pedestrian walkway so that folks can mix and mingle. From an email:
WHEN:
Saturdays, May 13, 2017 through October 28, 201710 a.m to 2 p.m.
Open rain or shine; market will be cancelled in the event of severe storms or any extraordinary circumstances. 
 
WHO:
Produced by Community Foodworks, with local vendors including:
Barnola – sweet and savory granola
Qualia Coffee – locally roasted coffee, made in DC
Mechelle’s Baking Company – sweet pies, 9″ and 5.5″
Orchard Country Produce – a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from Central Pennsylvania
Ruby Scoops Ice Cream – ice cream and sweets, made in DC
Pop ups include:
Cassava Bubble Tea – traditional bubble tea
Motisola Vegetarian Chili – vegetarian chili and dips
Layla’s Lebanese Restaurante – Lebanese prepared foods
Happy Healthy Human – energy bars and sweet / savory trail mix
WHERE:
Rhode Island Row – 2350 block of Washington Place, NE, Washington, DC 20018

Go Solar And Support The BNCA With This Promotion

Solar Panels in Brookland

If you have ever thought about going solar, now is a great time.  We recently heard about a great deal from the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA). From an email:

If you contact Solar Solutions for a consult between now and May 22 and list BNCA as your referral, Solar Solutions will contribute $200 to BNCA, if you ultimately decide to buy any Solar Solution product or package. AND, they will give you $200 off your purchase too!

Solar Solutions will be tabling with us at Atlantic Electric Supply for our Great Brookland Yard Sale  on Saturday, May 6. You can talk with them there, or you can email:

Ben Breiterman – bbenjamin@solarsolutionllc.com

The BNCA does a lot for the community from neighborhood safety training, to neighborhood clean ups and providing a forum for community discussion on important topics like the comprehensive plan and proposed homeless shelter.

Also, check out the guest blog post we had a number of years ago about a neighbor who went solar.

Farmers Market On The Arts Walk Returns Saturday – Facepainting, Yoga, More

We are sure readers will be excited to learn that the Farmers Market operated at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk returns this Saturday, April 22nd. The market will occur every Saturday through early winter and is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.  Check out the Facebook post below announcing the start date for 2017 and the lineup activities for the day.

BNCA Sponsors Ft. Bunker Hill Park Cleanup Saturday

One of our favorite neighborhood features is Fort Bunker Hill Park. A national park, it is the highest point in Brookland and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets, NE. Unfortunately, sometimes it is in need of some TLC. That’s why we were happy to hear that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will be sponsoring another cleanup event.

From an email:

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, in partnership with the National Park Service, is sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 8. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 10:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

If you have any questions, please contact me at ijmacfarlane@verizon.net or 571-334-6326.

Workshare And CSA Programs At Nearby Three Part Harmony Farm

Nearby Three Part Harmony Farm is a 2 acre farm that began in 2011. It was established by Gail Taylor, who is dedicated to producing locally grown food without synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds. Check out this great write up on their blog that goes into detail about how Ms. Taylor got started and how she stays inspired.

With spring approaching, you may want to consider volunteering at the farm. There is even the opportunity to exchange work for vegetables for those committed to coming on a regular basis. From the volunteer page:

WORKSHARE
Exchange 3 hours of work for a share of vegetables. A workshare should commit to coming on a regular basis, i.e. once a week or at least a couple of times a month.

Spending more time with us allows you more opportunities to learn- we do different tasks throughout the season together and we have plenty of time for Q&A/ mini workshops in the field while weeding.

Make sure to check out all the details on the volunteer page.

If digging in the dirt is not your thing, you might want to consider signing up for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is a partnership between the farm and customers who pay ahead of time for an entire season’s worth of farm goods. Go here for more information on that program.

Three Part Harmony Farm is located at 3102 4th Street NE (on the property of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, near 4th and Michigan Ave, NE.)

Upcoming Casey Trees Classes – Planting, Pruning And More

Trees stored on Casey Trees 12th Street Tree Lot

Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in community events that support the restoration of the District’s urban forest.  Brookland based Casey Trees offers ways to stay engaged for those interested in preserving and expanding DC’s tree canopy. We thought readers might be interested in the classes below, that are offered either at their Brookland headquarters or in greater DC locations. Go to  their event page here or follow the links below for more info and to register for the events:

Casey Trees is located at 3030 12th St NE.