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.
WHEN:Saturdays, May 13, 2017 through October 28, 2017, 10 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 granolaQualia Coffee – locally roasted coffee, made in DCMechelle’s Baking Company – sweet pies, 9″ and 5.5″Orchard Country Produce – a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from Central PennsylvaniaRuby Scoops Ice Cream – ice cream and sweets, made in DCPop ups include:Cassava Bubble Tea – traditional bubble teaMotisola Vegetarian Chili – vegetarian chili and dipsLayla’s Lebanese Restaurante – Lebanese prepared foodsHappy Healthy Human – energy bars and sweet / savory trail mixWHERE:Rhode Island Row – 2350 block of Washington Place, NE, Washington, DC 20018
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 – email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-334-6326.
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:
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.
— 3 Part Harmony Farm (@3PHarmony) March 13, 2017
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.)
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:
- January 28th: Class, Trees 101
- February 4th: Class, Pruning 101 Workshop
- March 4th: Class, Tree Planting Workshop
Casey Trees is located at 3030 12th St NE.
We thought neighbors would appreciate some info on the pick up of Christmas trees. The Department of Public Works is now picking up trees and wreaths and will re-purpose them into compost until Friday January 27th. Additional info from DPW:
Remove all ornaments
Place the greenery where you place your trash and recycling for collection, next to curb (treebox area) for collection
Do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags
If you aren’t able to get your tree out by the 27th, it will be collected as regular garbage is, as space is available in trash trucks in the weeks following. If you are like us, and normally put your trash in an alley, not a tree box, I would go with the tree box in front of your house anyway. We have done that for years and tree has always been picked up.
Burroughs Elementary is having a Spring Planting Festival on April 23rd from 9 am -12 pm and the community is invited to come out and enjoy the event. For more information see the flyer below or contact John Burroughs Elementary School Garden Coordinator Karen Davison at email@example.com or 319-464-7570.
You may remember the cute kids in the wonderful John Burroughs Garden Program, who were recently surprised by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the White House Let’s Move Program. Now the Burroughs program is competing for a $20,000 grant from Seeds of Change, and you can help them win by voting here. You can vote once per calendar day, per entry, until April 18, 2016. It is super easy, no need to register for an account or anything, just put “Burroughs” in the search box to narrow down the results and it takes two clicks. From a community message:
We don’t have a big budget for our garden, but we do have a resourceful, tireless, committed Garden Educator, Karen Davison. She works with teachers to provide STEM focused lessons, using the school garden as a lab and classroom, creating content specific activities for our Preschool through 5th graders. You can help us continue the Burroughs Garden Program by voting for us to get the Seeds of Change Grant. Please vote today and help spread the word.
John Burroughs Educational Campus is located at 1820 Monroe Street, NE. Check out the flyer below for more info.