|Marion Street Garden: City Blossoms|
|Produce purchases at City Blossoms come in a lovely hand-decorated bag|
A bit of this gift-giving will give me the chance to write about some of the fabulous organizations I've visited, worked with and learned about on my food journeys. For the first day of my project, my recipient was City Blossoms. Here's a little bit about them.
City Blossoms is a non-profit in Washington, DC that operates eight gardens around the city and uses these gardens as a jumping-off point for lessons on nutrition, science, environment and community. Founded in 2003 by Rebecca Lemos and Lola Bloom (yes, that's her real last name), the program serves as an after-school "center" for many DC children as well as a resource for schools looking to bring more produce education into their curriculum. Rebecca and Lola work with kids (and anyone else in the community who wants to join in!) in the gardens weeding, planting, doing artwork, putting together baskets for their herb CSA shares, cooking and sampling the produce and running a small market. They also go into local DC schools and teach lessons on everything from evaporation to solidification to seed growth to culinary skills. Both the City Blossoms ladies have been generous in giving me ideas on working with preschoolers to middle schoolers! Their expertise cuts a wide swath.
|At the Marion Street Garden, herbs grow like, well, weeds. Super delicious and nutritious weeds, that is.|
|City Blossoms sea salts, soaps and lotion soap (my personal favorite)|
To learn more about City Blossoms, please visit here. To make a contribution to this organization, visit here.
|How many 4th graders do you know that can identify "swiss chard"? Go get it, City Blossoms!|