Thursday, March 29, 2012

Planting Seeds, Worm Composts, and Welcoming Ms. Kate!

Although the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Green Club has already been hard at work during DC’s unexpectedly warm March weather. 

We’ve planted beets, chard, cabbage, lettuce, fennel (a new student favorite since we cooked with it in the fall), cilantro, spinach, radishes, and arugula (over the protests of Ms. Fried), and have moved some of our seedlings outside, where they have bravely faced dropping temperatures and thunderstorms. 

Green Club also celebrated the arrival of new friends—worms! We have started up our worm compost again, and our 2,000 plus red wrigglers have been working to break down our garden and food waste for the past couple of weeks. 

Many thanks to Big Chair, a local coffee shop and grill, for their donations of used coffee grounds to help our compost thrive! 

Thurgood Marshall Academy has also welcomed a new staff member: Kate Lee, our new Garden Specialist. Ms. Lee will bring her extensive knowledge of gardening, organic farming, crop rotations, and other green things to the TMA Garden and Green Club activities. We’re very excited to have her on board! 

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