50 Alternative Spring Break trip leaders from the University of Maryland came out to the farm this Saturday! We got so much work done, mainly hanging tons of pots in hoophouses number 2 and 3. Here’s the lovely group of folk:
Margaret Morgan-Hubbard (Engaged Community Offshoots CEO) and Adam Ortiz (Edmonston’s Mayor, it’s always so great when he visits!) speaking with the students. Edmonston is really moving forward in becoming a green community, building a Green Street – the first of it’s kind! – addressing flooding, stormwater runoff, energy efficient lighting, restoration of native tree species, etc.
Prince George’s Community College’s Urban Commercial Agriculture class was also at the farm, learning about composting. They are now in their fourth week. For part two of composting they’ll visit our composting facility at Cherry Hill Rd., just a few minutes away. Here are some pictures of them mixing “green” material (discarded fruits and veggies from the grocery store, which are high in nitrogen) with “brown” material (woodchips and landscaping refuse, high in carbon). The class learned how to build and fill compost bins, how to manage compost, how to compost with worms, and how to make compost tea.
Here are class is learning to build a pile from food waste and wood chips.
A few of UMD’s Terps for Change students also visited the farm this Saturday. Terps for Change is a program through which students commit to a few hours of community service each week. Next Saturday is when the group officially starts volunteering at ECOffshoots, we’re grateful that they’ll be helping us through the spring. Please come and join us!
Thank you for everyone’s help at the farm! We really appreciate it and hope to see all of you again soon!
A quote to contemplate:
“Nothing leads to good that is not natural.” – Friedrich Schiller
Peace and Carrots,
Natalya and the ECOCrew