CAMP cultivates 400 square feet of organic vegetable gardens, making our own compost on site. Neighborhood kids have helped us plant and weed, and lots of folks have shared in the harvest, especially the collard greens, which have been quite abundant this year. In 2010, we grew radishes, carrots, peas, lettuce, beets, turnips, rutabaga, leeks, onions, potatoes, long beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, collard greens, kale, okra, tomatoes, basil, peppers, and sweet potatoes. What a great year!
CAMP's backyard also hosts chickens, a sweet little Muscovy duck named Agnes, and a little orchard. The birds give us tasty, nutrient-dense eggs as well as endless entertainment. We have two cherry trees, two peach, one apple, and a blackberry bush. Cherries were so delicious this year--we are so happy we have a very tall friend to help us harvest!
An exciting development in 2010 was the instillation of two hives of honeybees on the roof of the bike shop. We had a fun day suiting up neighborhood kids in beesuits and taking them up one by one to view the bees in their hives. The garden and fruit trees did so well with all those little pollinators, and next year we will harvest our first honey!
We also help oversee things at two community gardens, each two blocks away--Pete's Garden and the Neighborhood Pride Garden on Potomac Street in the Gravois Park neighborhood. Both have lots of space for anyone who wants to garden. Contact Queen Bee if you're interested.
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