Entries by Jake Ifshin

Everybody Grows May 2016 Planting Days

Come out and get your hands dirty at four Everybody Grows planting events in May!  Our fire station planting events will both begin at Engine 26 at 1340 Rhode Island Avenue Northeast DC.  Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home is located at 1818 Newton Street Northwest DC. Volunteers will be helping with the hands-on work of planting […]

Planting Herbs and Writing Tunes at Scotland Rec

We collaborated with a group of young gardeners to start our first plants at our new inspiration garden at Scotland Recreation Center.  We are really excited about our new inspiration garden there, and we are off to a great start building a partnership with the staff and children at the recreation center. I want to […]

Israel Chicken Habitat Compost System Report

Introduction: Urban Master Composter Certificate I had the privilege of taking the Urban Master Composter course in Washington DC this past fall.  I highly recommend this course to anybody interested in urban agriculture or composting.  The class provides a great overview of many techniques to make compost and covers the science underlying these processes.   It […]

EG Tour of Blue Plains

Far too few people have any idea of what happens to water after we use it.  Before you read this blog, ask yourself the question: what happens to the waste we flush down the toilet, from your shower or sink, or that gets washed into storm drains? My answers to these questions recently became a […]

Sheet Mulching at Engine 26

A common question that arises in raised bed gardening is what to do when you have a bed completely overgrown with weeds and grasses.  Josh Singer, the urban garden specialist with DC Parks and Recreation, recommends sheet mulching the bed.   Sheet mulching is great because it kills the weeds and grasses and improves the soil, […]

Getting Started with Garden Composting

As our summer gardening finishes and we begin the transition to fall, now is a great time to start a garden composter to reuse your garden’s organic materials.   We are using a geobin composter at my school garden, which is a low maintenance, inexpensive composter designed for garden waste and a few other materials such […]

Coming Together in the Gardens Week of 8-7-2015

Volunteering is an opportunity to learn new skills and to interact with people and communities that otherwise you may never encounter.  At Everybody Grows, we regularly work at our nursing home and fire station inspiration gardens with groups of volunteers.  For some of our volunteers, working in our gardens is their first experience growing food. […]