On Saturday I volunteered my time photographing Rooting DC 2011 at Calvin Coolidge High School in NW Washington DC. The day long event was focused on teaching ideas about individual home food production and urban farming and featured workshops on a variety of topics including planning and planting a small urban garden, nutrition, bee keeping, growing your own mushrooms, canning and composting among others. There were also cooking demonstrations and a seed exchange. No fees were charged at this well attended event, and all workers and presenters were on a volunteer basis. When Common Goods City Farm (friends and neighbors of mine here in Ledroit Park) asked me to donate my time, I had no problem doing so. Not only was it a fun photo opportunity, but I also learned a great deal about urban food production and about some of the amazing work that people in this city are doing!
Joe Bozik of the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild shares bee keeping techniques for beginners.
Juliette Tahar (Healthy Living Inc.) prepares a dish of fresh collard greens and garlic.
Nazirahk Amen (Purple Mountain Organics) demonstrates how holes are drilled in preparation for growing mushrooms.
More Photos here.