Thursday, May 1, 2008

DCist Feature on Urban Gardeners

One of my favorite websites, DCist, featured a piece on Ed Bruske, former reporter for the Washington Post and now president of D.C. Urban Gardeners. It's a good article where Bruske gives practical advice on gardening in urban spaces. Ed was also the person who organized the screening of The Real Dirt on Farmer John last week, so he is slowly but surely becoming my favorite person on this stuff. His website has a wealth of information and the additional resources are endless.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Event Listing: Urban Gardening: Creating and Maintaining a Beautiful Sustainable Garden

The DC Historical Society is hosting a free talk at the Carnegie Library at 801 K Street, NW (near the Gallery Place and Convention Center metro stations) on sustainable urban gardening.

The program is called " Urban Gardening: Creating and Maintaining a Beautiful Sustainable Garden." It will be held on 5/17 from 10am to 11:30am. Join Susan Harris, who is a Master Gardener, "Garden Rant" blogger, Gardening Coach, and former President of the Takoma Horticultural Club to discuss how to work with nature, not against it, to have a beautiful garden. Learn which plants are the best to grow in Washington soil and climate, and gather earth friendly tips on garden care. You can pre-register at For more information call (202) 383-1837.


Monday, April 28, 2008

Review-The Dirt on The Real Dirt

I went to see 'The Real Dirt on Farmer John' on Friday. It is a documentary film about a man who takes over his father's farm and goes through all the struggles you could possibly imagine...and more. His neighbors think he has a cult on the farm and he has to sell off most of the land and his equipment. Although he runs off to Mexico several times to clear his mind, he keeps coming back to the farm. He eventually discovers the CSA model and now his farm has over 1,200 members!

All in all, I liked the movie. There are some quirky parts that made me laugh and others that broke my heart.

Big thanks to D.C. Urban Gardeners for hosting the film night! It was so well attended that they are hosting another screening soon. They are going to show 'The Power of Community', a documentary about how Cuba survived the collapse of the Soviet Union by going organic.