Capitol Hill Garden Club In Washington, D.C., Since 1952

Monthly Meeting: Techniques and Challenges for Growing Vegetables Year-round in Small Urban Spaces

  • November 10, 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • Northeast Library, 330 Seventh Street NE Washington, D. C. 20002

Featuring: 


Sandy Farber Bandier, Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of the District of Columbia’s Cooperative Extension Service


Wendy Kiang-Spray, a freelance local and national garden and food writer and a UDC Master Gardener Trainee.

 

Techniques and Challenges for Growing Vegetables Year-round in Small Urban Spaces 


Sandy Farber-Bandier is best known as the Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of the District of Columbia’s Cooperative Extension Service.  During her almost 15 year tenure, the program has trained over 400 individuals that contribute over 9,000 hours annually to community projects and activities throughout the city.  Some of the most active program graduates are members of the Capitol Hill Garden Club that have worked on projects such as Sherwood Recreation Center, Kim’s Garden, and Peabody and Watkins School Gardens here in the Hill.  In 2006, Sandy was awarded the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Award for Distinguished DC Government Employees for her work. 


This year Sandy became the Greenhouse/Green Roof Manager at the new 20,000 square foot garden atop Building 44 at the University of the District of Columbia.  Sandy will present a brief overview of how the green roof fits into the District’s stormwater management program, its design, and features.  The majority of her talk will describe what she and the many volunteers are learning from the inaugural season about growing food crops on a roof.  She will cover information about the containers, soils, and the watering system, the crops they grew, and how they attracted pollinators.  Adrian Higgin’s September 10, 2015 article in the Washington Post featured the new green roof.


 (http://www.househunting.ca/saskatoon/higher+education+university+roof/11353552/story.html).


Wendy Kiang-Spray is a UDC Master Gardener Trainee who lives and gardens in Montgomery County.  She is a high school Counselor and a freelance writer whose articles about gardening and food have appeared in local and national publications. She also writes a blog about family and garden at www.greenishthumb.net. She is writing her first book about growing and cooking Chinese vegetables.  Wendy has also given presentations at Monticello, Rooting for DC, the DC Library, and the Library of Congress.


Her presentation will describe ideas for what crops to grow each season, and techniques for how and where you can grow them in tiny spaces.  She will cover basic information such as soil, sun, and watering requirements; provide ideas for containers or spaces to grow them in; and provide some tools for estimating how much space and time each crop takes to grow from seed (or plant) to harvest as well as ways to estimate how much you can expect to harvest.

 



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