Growing a Community: EcoWomen Volunteers for a Day on the (Urban) Farm
Blog post by Lina Khan
Almost 20 DC EcoWomen members and friends joined us, some looking to catch rare outdoor time, others to meet like-minded residents of DC, or both. While we dug our trowels into the earth to uproot weeds and cleared debris around the herb garden, a variety of conversation flowed — being on the job hunt, good spare-time reading, running routines (which I don’t know a thing about), and inspirational speakers. That last topic was tied to potential new speakers for the EcoWomen speaker series. More than a few EcoWomen expressed a sense of gratitude from getting to help out the Farm and be outdoors for the day — so in a way, this Farm gave back to us. When we had finished our work and eaten lunch, we listened to Ms. Bernardi tell us how the Farm got started, and we asked a bunch of questions ourselves.
This Farm is an idea that is continuously growing. It was once a deserted vacant lot, then several crops that continued to expand, and now a farm with its own beehives! The question of how to make it an asset for the community and for the kids nearby continues to direct its mission. We were excited to be a part of it.