Josh Singer of D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation says his team has partnered with a volunteer cooperative, DC Urban Gardeners Network, to launch a database of gardens and farms.
By Megan Downey
Sept. 23, 2016
That desire led him and fellow students in 2008 to found the Food Justice Alliance, which worked on sowing support and fundraising to build the GroW Community Garden that opened at GW in the spring of 2009.
“We worked closely with the Mount Vernon estate to learn about the types of plants and vegetables that George Washington grew and tried to select crops that were native to the region,” Spangler says. “The bell peppers turned out nicely and I think that the original apple trees and fig tree are still in the garden.”
The university offered land and assistance getting trees and bushes for the garden, and building raised beds for planting. “The maintenance and grounds crew were really essential with this,” Spangler says.
Spangler’s efforts are part of the community garden resurgence that Washington has experienced over the last decade. But without the support of a university, a community garden is a bit trickier to germinate.