Okra again

Last week we weeded around the okra and gave them some fertilizer. This is how we were rewarded.

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See their progress from last week.



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Whether these are your favorite veggies or not, the plants are lovely and we can’t wait to harvest them. See how much they grew in just two weeks!

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Grunt Work

Gardening is fun, but hard work. Check out our carrots, before and after an afternoon of weeding.

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Before After

Critters in our midst

IMG_4965 When we started gardening this plot there was not a single sign of life in the soil. After weeks of preparation we finally began to see some life. Worms and similar creatures are crucial to keeping the soil healthy for our plants.
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Excitement is in the air! The 68th annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Frying Pan Farm Park Show will be held August 4- August 7 at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA and the Fairfax Citty Community Club will have a booth.

The 4-H exhibits, shows, and entertainment will occur Saturday August 6 – Sunday, August 7. The Fair is full of fun family activities including rides, entertainment, contests, animal shows, and 4-H exhibits. Youth can enter exhibits in the Fair for judging and the chance to win ribbons and money.

For more specific information about this year’s fair, visit the Frying Pan Farm Park page!


Gardening this week

We’ll be gardening this Saturday July 30 from 6 – 8 pm. There’s lots to do so come on out and help. Contact the club directors for directions to our plot.


End of Year Picnic

Our 4-Hers celebrated a year of achievements with an end of year picnic at Bull Run Park. It was so much fun we pitched a tent and stayed all night!

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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:

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and our contributors:
TW Perry Lumber Store


Cycling Safety

Our bicycling club started off with sessions in bicycle safety.
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