Our Gardening Project is one of our biggest projects. This is an ongoing project in which the club members are cultivating a plot of land.
The Club entered into a partnership with the Fairfax County Parks Authority, and the plot we which is being farmed has been named the Gerry Weaver Community Garden in honor of Gerry Weaver who led the Fairfax City 4H Community Club from 2004 to 2016.
When we first got the plot of land it had not been farmed for a while, it was flat, dry, and devoid of any life. The Club members and parents worked to till the plot, build beds, start a compost heap, and do all of the prep work necessary to get the plot ready for planting. We work the plot several times a week, in work sessions that end with a discussion about the garden and strategies for improving it.
Now we are happily awaiting the October harvest of tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, okra, squash, and more. The Club members are learning about agriculture and the work involved in growing the food that we eat every day.
For more information about our Club and our gardening project email us at info @ 4hfairfaxccc.org.
We’d like to thank our partners:
and our contributors:
TW Perry Lumber Store
Although it may not feel like it, summer is almost here, and it’s time for us to prepare for our summer planting. At this work day, we mulched, weeded, and generally prepared for planting.
Brr! This garden workday was a chilly one! Over the winter, the fencing that surrounds our garden fell down due to heavy winds. Before we can start our spring garden, we need to replace it! We spent a chilly morning putting up new fencing and maintaining our garden space. Soon, it’ll be time to plant spring vegetables!
We decided to have a fun dinner to celebrate our fruitful fall harvest, using
Fairfax 4-H Community Club’s garden was featured in the Summer 2017 Parktakes magazine!
After our Fall harvest, we had a lot of surplus vegetables. We voted to donate them to the Burke United Methodist Church. The Church has a number of ministries through which they provide food to the needy, including the Loaves & Fishes and the Hungry Kids Ministries. We took squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, and more to the Church. We are sure that our trombone squash and that hefty pumpkin will feed a lot of hungry people!
It’s just our first year working on this garden and we are so happy with what we’ve been able to accomplish. To celebrate our work and the contribution of our partners, we had a party today, cooking up some of the great veggies that we grew!
A preview of the harvest part two.
This weekend is the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Park. Our club will be submitting many items including some sample produce from our garden. It’s not time for a big harvest, but we were able to get some carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and cucumbers. It was great fun and very rewarding to see the results of our hard work.
Last week we weeded around the okra and gave them some fertilizer. This is how we were rewarded.
See their progress from last week.
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