Bursting into a new year

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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us
— Hal Borland

The scent of evergreen is ever-present as people travel back to their Christmas cozy apartments and homes, to daily routines . With remnants of sugar on their lips, sanguine lists are being made: "The year of change", "Shed 10 lbs.", "Pay off credit card."  2016 is just a few days away and optimism coats the air. However, for a gardener the year doesn't start with January 1. The year "starts" when the first spring planting is nestled in the buttery prepared soil bed. This doesn't mean we don't have exciting goals to be reached or orders to fill. It just means for now, we work to prepare for our "New Year" by scribbling in our planting calendar, maintaining our ever present vegetables in the field, and reflecting on what a great month December was! 



Did you say work conference?

My mistake, what you described sounded like a vacation! 

Gifts came early this December as the field staff made their way to The Virginia Farm to Table Conference. An adventure it was to bring two city natives along for a very rural weekend! Once in a while it is advantageous to clean off the boots and step into a classroom setting. The field staff was able to glean knowledge from urban activists, long term organic farmers, and agricultural extension agents. We were challenged to enhance our community presence and practical ways to accelerate our production rates. The break out session that hit home for our team was conducted by Karen Washington.  She taught with enthusiasm about Food Justice and how "healthy food is a right for all." Her passion encouraged our team to look into the deeper root of the food injustice in our own community.  The team left the open horizons for the city feeling refreshed and motivated to continue the work of DC UrbanGreens. 



A peak into the beauty that abounds 

DC UrbanGreens' produce has never been better! Our goal is to make it as a four season farm and by the looks of it, that goal is close to being accomplished! To those of you who have volunteered your time or financially supported us, our gardens wouldn't grow without you! Check out a few of our featured vegetables from this week. From left to right: Spinach, cabbage, mustard, the first true leaf of a carrot. 


Amazing process of growth 

Meet Mike! 

Mike Pappas is a retired organic farmer of 20 years and now works with one of our partners, DC Central Kitchen. Mike comes every Tuesday at 11a.m to pick up a bag of freshly harvested gourmet lettuce mix.  He then prepares the lettuce in lunch packs and places it in corner stores;  this is apart of their program called "The Healthy Corners Program." We look forward to our Tuesday time with Mike not only because he is an avenue for our food to get into the community but also because he has a lot of farming experience *cough, cough*  he gets asked a lot of questions *cough, cough*.  We are thankful for the partnership with DC Central Kitchen and the wisdom from Mike! 

These tiny seeds transform into the beautiful lettuce you see on the right! These seeds produce food to feed those in need. WOW! 

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