North Columbia Heights Green
Parks & People has just opened our North Columbia Heights Green, an exciting effort to create a model community garden transformation out of a long-blighted vacant lot.
Gardens at the site include vegetables, herbs, berries, grapes, healing plants, and native trees. Planned programmatic components of the Green include green job training tied to local native reforestation, organic permaculture demonstration and training linked to the local farm market, partnerships with schools and youth groups on expeditionary learning, a plant-a-row program for people who are hungry, ecological habitat restoration and stormwater mitigation, off-the-grid demonstration of rainwater collection and renewable energy, a butterfly garden linked to education about the migration of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico's Michoacan Mountains (reaching its peak now), and an upcoming harvest fair, film series, and other arts and cultural programs.
Through our Community Harvest [link] program, Parks & People now has 50 gardens and greening sites across the city that we are supporting with grants, plants, seeds, tools, technical assistance, training, volunteers, promotion, and advocacy. There are dozens, and potentially hundreds, of more sites that we would like to assist. The next deadline for grant applications is February 1.
Community Harvest Video Wins Award: Community Harvest, the video about Parks & People's partnership to transform the North Columbia Heights Green, has just won the Best DC Short Documentary Award. Watch the Video.