In spite of the heat, we haven’t slowed down!
ECO has installed a wind turbine that will be hooked up and generate electricity in the future to supplement our supply of energy on cloudy days. For now we have been getting enough energy from the solar panels alone to power everything we need. However, the wind turbine would add more reliable power during other seasons.
ECO City Farms has partnered with Endtime Harvest Ministry’s Port Towns Youth Council to conduct a 6-week program for high school students from the Bladensburg High School. These students are learning about the differences between conventional (factory) vs. sustainable farming and becoming conscious consumers, as well as about healthy cooking and eating. The group also goes on field trips to other farms/gardens, such as the Youth Garden in the National Arboretum, and has even gone kayaking with the Patuxent River Keeper.
Any scraps left over from cooking go in the compost piles to produce the soil that keeps our farm going. Here are two of our Material Resources Sustainability Interns from Howard University turning the huge compost pile to keep it aerated and properly decomposing.
For the animal lovers–
The bees are busy. The two hives were split to create a total of four hives. We harvested 40 pounds of honey at the end of May. For now we’re leaving the bees alone before we harvest honey again at the end of August or September.
And what could this be? Not a space object, but surely as cool as one. This mirrored contraption is a solar cooker that cooks rice in 90 minutes using only the power from the sun! It was successfully tested.
Visit us at the farm for Thursday volunteering and lunch or at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market on Thursdays at 3-7pm!
Peace and Other Veggies,