Everybody Grows first garden was at Engine 26, and now it is our largest garden containing eight raised bed gardens. We have built relationships with the firefighters here, and have had several dinners and community events together every season.
Engine 26 played a starring role in our short film. Thanks to Captain Thomas for organizing this with us, and to firefighter/chefs Mike and Eric for cooking with us in the film.
In June 2016, Tricia McCauley from Leafyhead Lotions and Potions led a first aid medicinal herb workshops for the firefighters and guests. She taught about how to use herbs growing in the garden to treat injuries.
In the fall, DC Parks and Recreation donated the three bin Compost Knox system constructed by our friends at Urban Farm Plans. We are composting food scraps from the station to support the garden.
In the spring of 2017, we added three new garden beds with volunteer groups from Howard University and Sidwell Friends school. Our staff member Ariel Rubens installed drip irrigation on all eight beds. These changes will greatly increase the productivity of the farm, and will allow us to create many delicious baskets of fresh food for the firefighters.