Reports of food-growing just keep coming


Today there’s a Washington Post story about urban gardeners in New York City (not in D.C. because we still lag sadly behind).  My favorite part is where a 29-year-old Brooklyn resident recounts seeing food prices go up, deciding to grow food for the first time, taking pictures and emailing them around to friends and getting this response: "You’re kidding!  You did what?"

Then Craig at Ellis Hollow sent me this article in Florida’s Ledger newspaper.  It’s about the local Extension Service giving their usual workshop in growing vegetables but instead of the usual turn-out of 20 to 30, seeing 120 people show up.  Great news!  But again it just makes us here in D.C. even sadder that our Extension Service does nothing but put up roadblocks to progress.  Seriously.


  1. Wow! I applaud you and your fellow DC Master Gardeners for taking a stand Susan. I’d love to see an update on that crazy situation.

    This veggie gardening wave is a great thing. I hope it continues to ‘grow,’ and isn’t just another brief trend in this short-attention-span culture of ours.

  2. It’s not food but I have a bumper crop of ‘bird-house’ gourds coming. The asparagus is looking good, but won’t be ready until next year.

    It helps when it rains, that’s for sure.

  3. Susan, I think the article was focused on New York because the author, Robin Shulman is on the Post’s national staff based in NYC. The District of Columbia most certainly does not lag behind where vegetable gardening is concerned. We have tons of vegetable gardeners, and most of the community gardens have long waiting lists. What we lack is enough land to garden, which is partly explained by the District’s unique geography and partly because so much of the land is owned either by the federal government or by foreign government’s. But notice that the mayor was involved in finding a new home on the grounds of a closing school for the 7th Street Garden, which is the District’s own version of urban agriculture in action. It seems to me that schools are a prime candidate for future community gardening efforts–lots of lawn there doing nobody much good.

  4. Just chiming in late to say — have you seen the kids’ gardens at the National Aboretum? Kids from a number of DC schools have community-type gardens there, and last time I was there ( a couple of years ago) they were wonderful — well-laid out, well-tended, and obviously very productive. They are in an area away from the main attractions–as I recall, they were up across the road from the old Capitol columns. Hope they are still there and doing well.

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