Wangari Gardens

Wangari Gardens A park and garden for and by the neighborhood. We are really excited to share Wangari Gardens with you! This 2.7 acre garden park in Washington, DC is bursting with creative potential.

With a mission inspired by a passion for community engagement and Professor Wangari Maathai’s legacy, we are building a park to benefit everyone. We’ve started with a community garden, youth garden, public fruit tree orchard, public vegetable garden, public herb garden, public berry garden, outdoor classroom, and pollinator hive. Drop by to grab a snack from the shared public garden spaces, or reserve a private plot! Soon, we hope to start working on a community compost drop off center, youth farmer’s market, walking/wheelchair trail, butterfly/sensory garden, public medicinal garden, natural playground and recreational space. Contact us at [email protected] or 202-670-5459 for more information! Friends of Wangari Gardens, Inc: "bringing creativity to unused land and enriching, sustaining, transforming, and cultivating it for the benefit of the surrounding community" INSPIRATION: Professor and Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai was the incredible founder of the Green Belt Movement, based in Kenya. She was an environmentalist and social justice peace activist who empowered mainly women in East Africa to plant more than 47 million trees. She tirelessly worked to combine environmental, economic, and social development. Professor Maathai passed away in September of 2011. COME GARDEN: Plant in a garden plot! If you live nearby, send us an e-mail ([email protected]) to get a copy of the bylaws and an application. VOLUNTEER WITH US: There are lots of different ways to volunteer your time and skills. -work days: bed construction, tree plantings, garden layout, etc. -maintenance: caring for the gardens, irrigation, mowing -fundraising: planning events, looking for donors, grant research, etc. -education: assisting new gardeners, teaching kids programs, etc. -cooking: providing healthy snacks for volunteers on workdays -outreach: helping to involve the surrounding neighborhoods in the creation of the park -stay in touch: sign up for our e-mail list ([email protected]) to get regular updates DONATE: Please visit our website (http://wangarigardens.wordpress.com/) to make a donation! Donations of gardening supplies and landscaping tools are also needed.

Mission: A garden park designed, created, and sustained by the community for the non-profit benefit of the community.

Operating as usual

12/22/2020

Request for Qualified landscape architects, designers and sustainable design teams⬇️

Short cut to the RFQ and design ideas➡️ ow.ly/9l4J50CRlQC

Hi gardeners: as we push ahead with our plans to enhance the garden, we’re hoping you can help us spread the word. We’re...
10/02/2020
Set the Vision for Wangari Gardens - Part 2

Hi gardeners: as we push ahead with our plans to enhance the garden, we’re hoping you can help us spread the word. We’re gathering feedback about what new features would best serve
our community. (Vote for your favorite design here: bit.ly/wangari20 )

We want to use upcoming Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) meetings to point people to the survey and ask for their future support with one of our big challenges: water supply. Renting a meter from the city to hook up to the hydrant across the street is becoming increasingly costly, and the city is trying to discourage gardens from relying on hydrants.

Online ANC meetings include a time for two-minute community comments. We’d like to represent Wangari at as many of these meetings as possible while the survey is open (through
October 31).

Will you help by speaking at your next local meeting? (Don’t worry, we have a little script so you won’t have to give a speech on the fly!)

1. Use this map: https://dcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/InformationLookup/index.html?appid=8b54d6b6dc1041f3a4c5de125d7c9580 to find the ward and sub-ward you belong to
2. Use this sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jMrKGTSEIofxHoBhEBLc_BjSG1pkLdN0klaUuwkN8Ec/edit to sign up for the upcoming meeting.
3. During the comment period, share from the provided script.

Thank you so much for your help!

*** Para completar esta encuesta en español, visite: https://forms.gle/vbQzeGnrqzsDbMQj7 *** Wangari Gardens is a hub for community life and a green oasis. We, as gardeners and neighbors, have the rare and beautiful opportunity to design and manage this space for ourselves. Wangari Gardens is cared...

🍉 Sign up for a CSA share from Path Valley Farms for pickup this Tuesday September 15 - link below!🌶 Deadline to order i...
09/12/2020
Wangari CSA - Sept. 15 Pickup

🍉 Sign up for a CSA share from Path Valley Farms for pickup this Tuesday September 15 - link below!
🌶 Deadline to order is this Sunday September 13 at 7 PM
🍑 Starting this week I’m ordering boxes every other week, so we now have a larger box available for those who were ordering on a weekly basis. You can find the deets through the link
🧀 We can also order bread and cheese this week! Elevate your sandwiches with a wheat loaf from Path Valley’s Amish bakery and Lake Effect Cheddar cheese from Lively Run Dairy in Interlaken, NY

~Rachel

To order your CSA share from Path Valley Farms for pickup at Wangari Gardens on Tuesday Sept. 15, please sign up through the form below. The deadline to order is Sunday Sept. 13 at 7 PM. Since we're moving to a biweekly ordering schedule, I'm switching a few things up. The menu: > The current box re...

Sign up thru the link below to receive this week's Path Valley Farms produce. A few of my favorites from last week are p...
08/29/2020

Sign up thru the link below to receive this week's Path Valley Farms produce. A few of my favorites from last week are pictured here -- cucamelon, watermelon, okra + little lettuces that make the perfect salad for one. Also! I found out that those purple-striped baby eggplants we've been getting are called Fairy Tale eggplants. How magical.
https://forms.gle/XdcKE27k895cnhgj9

If you would like to help put some of this pretty produce on a neighbor's table, I am still collecting donations through our Wangari Giving Circle. We have really made a difference for some of these families during this tough time, so endless thanks for your continued support.

The link is pinned on this page above⬆️

Deadline to order your CSA this week is Sunday at 7 PM! The time frame for delivery will be between 3-5 PM and I'll circle back on Tuesday to confirm when our boxes have arrived. Let me know if you have any questions.

-Rachel

Still taking orders for this week’s CSA delivery from Path Valley Farms 🥬 Order yours for pick-up Tuesday Aug. 25 by mid...
08/23/2020
Wangari CSA - Aug. 25 Pick-Up

Still taking orders for this week’s CSA delivery from Path Valley Farms 🥬 Order yours for pick-up Tuesday Aug. 25 by midnight tonight
This week I have a whole buncha basil (4 lbs to be exact) from H St. Farms, a rooftop garden over in NE DC. If you’re looking to make a big batch of pesto without using up all your precious basil plants, let me know! Place orders for both basil ($8 for a 1/2 lb) and CSAs ($40 ea.) through the link below + send your payment via Venmo to @rachel-stone
https://bit.ly/2Yscu8I

~Rachel

To order your CSA share for pick-up on Tuesday August 25, please sign up through the form below. Each box of produce from Path Valley Farms is $40 and will contain a farmer's choice combo of seasonal vegetables + 1 dozen eggs. Once you submit your order, you can send your total payment via Venmo to....

The public gardens are looking quite lush right now!  Check them out if you are short on produce, and don't forget to lo...
08/02/2020

The public gardens are looking quite lush right now! Check them out if you are short on produce, and don't forget to look under the canopy for some ripe veggies.

A few highlights from the last couple weeks of CSA boxes 🔥 Sign up thru the form to order a share for pick-up this Tuesd...
07/31/2020

A few highlights from the last couple weeks of CSA boxes 🔥 Sign up thru the form to order a share for pick-up this Tuesday Aug. 4! https://forms.gle/tGwazaBA5n7sTWnv8

Donations to the Wangari Giving Circle are always welcome and will help our neighbors with limited access enjoy the nutrient-dense produce we all need right now. See pinned post at the top of this page. Thank you for your help!

Our CSA has been a smashing success and with support from our neighbors, we've been able to raise over $1000 to purchase...
07/18/2020
Wangari Giving Circle organized by Rachel Stone

Our CSA has been a smashing success and with support from our neighbors, we've been able to raise over $1000 to purchase boxes for those in need, so far. Due to the ongoing pandemic, life is still not back to normal and, as such, we've decided to set up a GoFundMe to raise additional funds on a more ongoing basis. Any donation amount is welcome and much appreciated. Thank you so much to those who have already donated! 🙂

I started the Wangari CSA to help small farmers, who normally rely on restaurant sales, sell their … Rachel Stone needs your support for Wangari Giving Circle

Sign up thru the link below to receive your share of produce from Path Valley Farms this week! Each box is $40 and will ...
07/18/2020

Sign up thru the link below to receive your share of produce from Path Valley Farms this week! Each box is $40 and will have our farmer's choice of seasonal veggies plus one dozen eggs.
Pick-up is Tuesday 7/21 between 3:00-4:00 PM. Please get your orders in by 10 AM tomorrow, Sunday 7/19.

A couple of highlights from last week's box (pictured below) include dragon's egg cucumbers and some shish*to-like peppers which make delightful dippers after a quick grill over high heat. Did anyone make anything fun with those two veggies last week? Tell us more!

Once you place your order, please send Rachel your payment via Venmo @Rachel-Stone.

https://forms.gle/jaUH96Wtr5WPuw7x6

🌼 Get your orders in for farm-fresh eggs and veggies from Path Valley Farms this week! Sign up through the link below to...
07/11/2020
Wangari CSA - July 14 Pick Up

🌼 Get your orders in for farm-fresh eggs and veggies from Path Valley Farms this week! Sign up through the link below to receive a share Tuesday July 14 — pick up at the garden is between 3-4 pm. Deadline to order is tomorrow July 11 at midnight!
🍅 Each box is $40 and will come with one dozen eggs + a combo of seasonal veggies
🌞 Info on how to process your payment via Venmo can be found at the top of the order form

https://bit.ly/3dxAlZb

To order your CSA for pick-up on Tuesday July 7, please sign up through the form below. Each box of produce from Path Valley Farms is $40 and will contain a farmer's choice combo of seasonal vegetables + 1 dozen eggs. Once you submit your order, you can send your payment via Venmo to @rachel-stone -...

Hello gardeners, Happy 4th! Taking orders for this week's Path Valley Farms delivery on Tuesday, July (!!!) 7th. Sign up...
07/05/2020
Wangari CSA - July 7 Pick Up

Hello gardeners, Happy 4th! Taking orders for this week's Path Valley Farms delivery on Tuesday, July (!!!) 7th. Sign up to get your veggies through this link - and share it with your friends! Deadline to order is 11:59pm, July 4. https://forms.gle/mwXbd94YyzdoTSdq7

To order your CSA for pick-up on Tuesday, June 7, please sign up through the form below. Each box of produce from Path Valley Farms is $40 and will contain a farmer's choice combo of seasonal vegetables + 1 dozen eggs. Once you submit your order, you can send your payment via Venmo to @rachel-stone....

Got these cool-looking zucchini in the Path Valley Farms CSA box last week! I’m told they are called 8-ball zucchinis.Si...
06/26/2020

Got these cool-looking zucchini in the Path Valley Farms CSA box last week! I’m told they are called 8-ball zucchinis.

Sign up thru the link below to receive a share on Tuesday June 30. $40 for a box with 1 dozen eggs and a combo of seasonal veggies. Perhaps we’ll see more familiar flavors in new shapes this week 🥕

Deadline to order is tomorrow 6/27 at 7 pm. Click thru the order link for payment and pick-up info. As always, donations to the Wangari Giving Circle are welcome and will help fill a neighbor’s fridge with farm-fresh produce for the week. Thank you!

https://bit.ly/3dxAlZb

Ordering is open for this week's CSA delivery to Wangari! Please fill out the form below if you need some farm-fresh pro...
06/20/2020
Wangari CSA - June 23 Pick Up

Ordering is open for this week's CSA delivery to Wangari! Please fill out the form below if you need some farm-fresh produce on Tuesday June 23. Highlights from last week included fava beans, spring peas, cauliflower and strawberries. Let us know if you want to see what next week brings!

If you would like to contribute to the Wangari Giving Cirlce, we are collecting donations to help cover the cost of CSA boxes for some of our neighbors in need. You can send donations to @Rachel-Stone via Venmo and she will use the funds to order a few extra boxes for the community. Thank you for your help!

https://forms.gle/bB22c8v8v8ajWobo6

To order your CSA for pick-up on Tuesday, June 23, please sign up through the form below. Each box of produce from Path Valley Farms is $40 and will contain a farmer's choice combo of seasonal vegetables + 1 dozen eggs. Once you submit your order, you can send your payment via Venmo to @rachel-stone...

Now taking orders for this week's CSA delivery from Path Valley Farms! Each box is $40 and will come with a combination ...
06/12/2020
Wangari CSA - June 9 Pick Up

Now taking orders for this week's CSA delivery from Path Valley Farms! Each box is $40 and will come with a combination of seasonal vegetables and one dozen eggs. Please sign up through the form below by 7 pm tomorrow night to receive your share on Tuesday June 16.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17wGvn0WQAVhvHvXWH2oNog-5c_-7CNqFmPx9UwFBJEY/edit

As a reminder, our Wangari Giving Circle is still going strong and thanks to contributions from this community, we have been able to donate boxes to a few different families each week we've ordered. Every bit helps!

If you would like to donate, you can add any dollar amount on to your payment via Venmo and Rachel will set it aside to help cover the cost of a box for a neighbor. Thank you all for your support!

To order your CSA for pick-up on Tuesday, June 9, please sign up through the form below. Each box of produce from Path Valley Farms is $40 and will contain a farmer's choice combo of seasonal vegetables + 1 dozen eggs. Once you submit your order, you can send your payment via Venmo to @rachel-stone....

It's that time again! Rachel is taking orders for our CSA delivery Tuesday June 9! It's the same deal this week - $40 fo...
06/06/2020
Wangari CSA - June 9 Pick Up

It's that time again! Rachel is taking orders for our CSA delivery Tuesday June 9! It's the same deal this week - $40 for a box of seasonal veggies + 1 dozen eggs. Please fill out the form below and then submit payment via Venmo. Place your order by noon tomorrow, Sunday June 7!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17wGvn0WQAVhvHvXWH2oNog-5c_-7CNqFmPx9UwFBJEY

To order your CSA for pick-up on Tuesday, June 9, please sign up through the form below. Each box of produce from Path Valley Farms is $40 and will contain a farmer's choice combo of seasonal vegetables + 1 dozen eggs. Once you submit your order, you can send your payment via Venmo to @rachel-stone....

April Showers Bring May Flowers🌻
05/29/2020
April Showers Bring May Flowers🌻

April Showers Bring May Flowers🌻

We have been working with Path Valley Farms, an Amish farm co-op in Franklin County, Pa., and their produce is beautiful! One full share comes with 8-9 vegetables plus 1 dozen eggs. At this point in the growing season, we are seeing lots of kale, spinach, radishes, carrots (with tops!), zucchini, to...

02/19/2020
umd.webex.com

Today from 2-4 pm, landscape architecture students present their designs for Wangari Garden Park review. The discussion is open to the public! If you can't make it to UMD, they set up a teleconference online.

JOIN WEBEX MEETING
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Meeting number (access code): 732 435 034

Meeting password: PSLA

JOIN BY PHONE
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Tap here to call (mobile phones only, hosts not supported): tel:%2B1-202-860-2110,,*01*732435034%23%23*01*
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Global call-in numbers
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JOIN FROM A VIDEO SYSTEM OR APPLICATION
Dial sip:[email protected]
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Join using Microsoft Lync or Microsoft Skype for Business
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Gardeners, make sure your voice is heard!Fill out this survey about the future design and features at Wangari Garden Par...
02/18/2020
Set the Vision for Wangari Gardens

Gardeners, make sure your voice is heard!

Fill out this survey about the future design and features at Wangari Garden Park before the deadline tomorrow.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfp_DD6NIovYTAyayr58pO89gAqL-rORA_CjQlgRniYeX8-xw/viewform

***Para completar esta encuesta en español, visita: https://forms.gle/mJ6nhk6nzxGRGNRo9 *** We need your input on how Wangari Gardens and the surrounding park can best serve our community. In this survey, we will ask you about what features you want to see and what design styles you prefer. Please ...

Did you miss our community meeting last weekend? Fear not!Help us set the vision for Wangari Gardens by taking this onli...
02/12/2020
Set the Vision for Wangari Gardens

Did you miss our community meeting last weekend? Fear not!

Help us set the vision for Wangari Gardens by taking this online survey:
https://forms.gle/xBuynfMxvg1PGjT37

We need your input on how Wangari Gardens and the surrounding park can best serve our community. In this survey, we will ask you about what features you want to see and what design styles you prefer. We have some limited grant funding and design support to make improvements that will enhance our sha...

See you all at the Fall Festival 2019 today!
11/16/2019

See you all at the Fall Festival 2019 today!

Neighborhood event:  Join us at Colony Club on Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8:30 pm for Sonny’s Pizza and live jazz music...
11/14/2019
Women Farmer Fundraiser 2019

Neighborhood event: Join us at Colony Club on Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8:30 pm for Sonny’s Pizza and live jazz music in support of the Women Food and Agriculture Network! All proceeds, plus 10% of the bar will empower women to create a resilient and inclusive food and agriculture system.
Can't make it but want to donate? Do that here: https://wfan.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=1

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-farmer-fundraiser-2019-tickets-79981848863

Help the Women Food and Agriculture Network empower women to create a resilient and inclusive food and agriculture system.

We are very excited to announce our 4th annual Food Recovery Week Oct. 19-26! Learn to compost, attend a workshop or fil...
10/07/2019
DC Food Recovery Week

We are very excited to announce our 4th annual Food Recovery Week Oct. 19-26! Learn to compost, attend a workshop or film screening, mix & mingle with other food waste warriors & much more! Full schedule https://dcfoodrecovery.wordpress.com/dc-food-recovery-week-2/

October 19-26, 2019 #NoFoodWasteDC We are excited to announce an awesome schedule of events for the 4th annual DC Food Recovery Week! Each fall, the DC Food Recovery Working Group organizes events …

Heads up that Sunday Yoga will be at 10 am this week with Deb.  See you there!Thanks again to Yoga Heights for making th...
09/20/2019

Heads up that Sunday Yoga will be at 10 am this week with Deb. See you there!
Thanks again to Yoga Heights for making this possible!

We've been busy this summer sprucing up our signage at Wangari - come check it out and enjoy the lovely weather this wee...
09/07/2019

We've been busy this summer sprucing up our signage at Wangari - come check it out and enjoy the lovely weather this weekend!

07/20/2019

Sunday morning yoga is canceled this week. Stay cool!

07/08/2019

Our Sunday workday/open house time is changing! Starting July 14, we will meet from 10 am to noon to try to beat the heat.

And don't forget about yoga in the garden - every Sunday at 9 am through September 29, courtesy of Yoga Heights. Suggested donation $5.

Enjoyed making bug houses today to provide habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.  Thanks to all who came...
06/30/2019

Enjoyed making bug houses today to provide habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects. Thanks to all who came out despite the heat! And thanks to artist Bob Donahue for leading the building!

Just outside our fence, we have free public gardens that are maintained by our garden plot holders but that anyone can h...
06/16/2019

Just outside our fence, we have free public gardens that are maintained by our garden plot holders but that anyone can harvest from. We have some veggies ready to pick, and more on the way. Stop by and check it out next time you are near the garden!

Yoga starts this Sunday at Wangari! Join Lauren Scott of Yoga Heights for a fun, friendly, 60-minute flow class at the g...
04/22/2019

Yoga starts this Sunday at Wangari! Join Lauren Scott of Yoga Heights for a fun, friendly, 60-minute flow class at the garden on April 28 at 9am. All levels welcome! No need to sign up - just bring your own mat and arrive a few minutes early. Donations appreciated.

Wangari Gardens will host weekly donation-based yoga classes every Sunday at 9am, from April 28 through September 29. 🌸

Join us Sunday at noon for a pollinators workshop - bring a shallow dish and sand, rocks, or shells to make your own san...
04/10/2019

Join us Sunday at noon for a pollinators workshop - bring a shallow dish and sand, rocks, or shells to make your own sanctuary for these beneficial insects! Remember that Sunday is also the mandatory work day for Team B. See you then!

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Hi all Does anyone know which entity got the permit to install the now overturned porta potty in the park? I have contacted the DDOT which should have issued the permit. DC Sanitation Department will not pick it up.
Hello all: We are out of town and unable to water our plots 1A and 5A. Any change someone can water for us? We’ll be back on July 3. We will return the favor.
IVAN: UR plot looks great. Rebecca: UR garlic is fantastic.
Hi! We are redoing our lawn with sod, can I dump the old grass and soil for composting back by the compost bins?
Hi all! Janet Lugo here 1C! It was great meeting everyone. Thanks to everyone who came out for the Cluster Work day as well as other gardeners that were out. We had a great workday. It was fun. The day was beautiful and nothing is better for a recuperating back person to get back and put their arms and hands to work on the ground/dirt. 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️🐦🦗🦋🐝🐿🐾🦝🌳🌱🌿💐🌸🌼🌞
Wangari End of the Year festival!
The Pre-k class at Bruce Monroe Park View Elementary had a wonderful time! The kids loved the mulberry bush and eating something right from the plant!
Hi, I have several bags of hedge/lawn clippings. Could I bring them over to the park to compost them? Or do you have any other recommendations for getting them composted (ie. not putting them in the trash) in the Georgia Ave/Irving St. area? Please let me know, thank you!
Hi Gardeners! Fill out this survey about your transportation to Wangari Gardens! This data will help us make the roadways safer around the garden together with our neighbors. Thank you!
Picked some ripe passion fruit today. There are some more that will be ready soon. Pick them when they start to get soft.
Just a heads up that yoga is cancelled Sunday due to soggy ground.
Do we have water in the cistern? Xxmaryanne