Photos courtesy of The Farm at Walker Jones
We are the largest school gardening program in the city right now and one of only two “farms” alongside Common Good City Farm. The project blog may be found at wjfarm.org.
The first photo is a shot from the back of the farm where you can see our school in the center. New building. Lots of glass.
The second photo is of Jeff Miller of DC Honeybees showing the kids what one of our two hives on the farm is up to. We have a hive of Russian bees and a hive of Italian. The Italians are very lively and excitable.
The third photo is of our perennial herb bed.”
Sounds and looks awesome:
Design: The Farm is located ten blocks north of the U.S. Capitol and is across L Street from the school [1125 New Jersey Ave. NW]. The Farm contains four large production-scale beds for greens and vegetables just south of a small orchard of figs, paw paws and persimmons surrounding an outdoor classroom. A large sections of herbs and flowers for school-made products lines the west side of the garden, while the east side contains a small greenhouse, shipping container tool shed, outdoor pizza oven, and raspberry patch.
Action Plan: The following plan outlines possible next steps to make the vision of Walker Jones Farm a reality:
Summer 2010: Establish Farm. Plant beds, set up utilities and create orchard and outdoor classroom
Fall 2010: Integrate farm into Kindergarten curriculum and hold Fall farm celebration
Spring 2011: Plant spring garden with input from Walker Jones community and neighborhood
2011-2012: Work on integration into school cafeteria and curriculum, including product development
2012-2013: Begin selling products, serving food from farm weekly at school and share practices