Very cool blog highlights very cool people, including a few gardeners

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Thanks to this story, I discovered People's District, a blog that profiles interesting people who live in D.C.  It's a blog that if I lived somewhere ELSE, I'd copy in a minute.

Naturally I looked for gardeners who'd made the cut, and found a couple. Here are excerpts from Katie on Community Gardening.

Now, gardening is cool again because everyone wants local and organic. Just take this garden, we have 80 plots and 50 people on a waiting list to join. Two years ago, we had three people on the waiting list.

About her community garden:

Some mornings, I just come up here to water and weed before work and I will just end up sitting here and hanging out for a while. This place is so beautiful and peaceful.

The blurb at the end of the post mentions that Katie (Rehwaldt) manages Rooting DC, but I'll add that it's an awesome event.  Free workshops on growing, cooking, bee-keeping – let's say urban homesteading.  (And don't we all love using that ridiculously copyrighted term?  I know I do.)

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And in Rebbie on Making Farmers Markets Accessible we find out how complicated it can be for food stamps to be used at farmers markets.

On my nongardening blog I feature a couple of Boomers who can't resist African dancing, and relate my own failed attempt at it.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.

4 COMMENTS

  1. That’s a real interesting story about the food stamps and WIC being used at farmers markets. I never even thought about the challenges of that. It’s good that people are choosing to put that government aid towards something fresh and healthy.

  2. My parents offered me a tiny plot of ground in our backyard for my own garden. That first season, I grew carnations, tomatoes and cucumbers. I continue to learn about and experiment with new vegetable varieties and plant combinations. I make discoveries every season. But over the years I’ve settled on a garden layout that utilizes three-foot-wide raised beds. It is, I think, the key to beautiful and productive gardens. Hugs xxaxx

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