Posts Tagged ‘food not lawns’

If you need extra scrap produce to add to your compost pile.

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or scrap veggies to feed to your chickens (trust us, they love em, and it will save you money on chicken feed)

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please come by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue to get some!

We do Wingnut Food Not Bombs Produce Distribution every Wednesday and Friday morning, putting the food out by 8am. By the evening the food has been gone through, with the good stuff mostly taken.

If you want compost scrap or produce for chickens, it will be out front of the house, in cardboard boxes along the retaining wall. You will be getting free scrap to use in your gardening and chicken loving endeavors, and you will be helping us and our neighbors to get rid of the trash.

We don’t want to see all the compost and cardboard end up in the trash, but it is way beyond our capacity to re-use or re-cycle. So help yourself, and help a program that gets healthy food into a local food desert to low income and elderly folks.

The best times to come by would be Wednesday evenings, Thursdays all day, Friday evenings, and Saturdays all day. Please take as much as you can use, and help us keep the distribution area neat and clean!

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Today we planted a bunch of our seedlings in our garden. Our new garden bed is where the bike rack once was- the sunshine was too good to be wasted on bikes any longer.

We’ve planted habaneros, jalopenos, banana peppers, bell peppers, cucumber, a couple varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, kale, sunflowers, watermelons, winter squash, and some other stuff we’re forgetting right now. A lot!

Ribbon fence to protect one of our mums next to the front stairs.

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We spent this evening with members of the Occupy Richmond Gardening Group, watching Return of the Killer Tomatoes and planting the seeds both groups purchased last weekend on our field trip to the Acorn Collective in Louisa County.

If you didn’t know, Acorn runs the business Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, who have over 700 different organic and heirloom seed varieties. You can order from them here: http://www.southernexposure.com/  The seed company supports a really great egalitarian community in Virginia!

We ended up with a couple hundred different baby plants. We are starting them in the 4th bedroom at the Wingnut, which gets South-East light, so we are pretending it is a greenhouse! We are growing a large variety of herbs, flowers, hot peppers, and vegetables!

Hopefully we will have an awesome garden at the Wingnut this Spring and Summer! And the Occupy Richmond Gardening Group seems to have a lot of plans for their baby plants too.

We painted this mural on the front of the Wingnut in time for Memorial Day and our cookout. Now we are finally getting around to posting a picture of it that our friend Andrew Phinney took. About 10 of us, Wingnuts and friends, worked on the mural together. Some ideas came from people in the neighborhood and some came from us. We have gotten a lot of positive responses from everyone in the neighborhood with the exception of yuppies. Many people appreciate the anti-cop message and we have heard many stories of local folks or their loved ones being harassed, abused, and even killed by the police. This is an issue that really resonates with people in our area. On the other hand, many yuppies are upset that we ‘ruined’ our nice house. Thats ok. We are actually kind of stoked that our mural speaks to so many people while also perhaps serving as a deterrent to gentrifiers.

Yesterday we finally planted a bunch of seeds in the Garden at the Wingnut.

FOOD NOT LAWNS!!!

We built 8 4′ x 4′ boxes to make raised beds in the front yard. Then we planted everything – carrots, kale, collards, turnip greens, squash, zuchinni, tomatoes, cucumber, basil, lemon balm, cotton!!!, spinach etc.

Kayla Dean, Eric, Jeremy, and Mo planted the seeds. While we were out there, 2 kids from the neighborhood stopped by and wanted to help. So Larry and Dayshawn helped plant lemon balm, sunflower seeds, and tomatoes. Larry wanted some seeds to take home, so we set him up with a egg carton of dirt and some tomato seeds to plant.

We still have potatoes and corn to plant.

We also are growing a ton of herbs and peppers- jalopenos, mint, etc.

If you need to get your garden on, come by and help out!

This Spring we will be gardening the front yard at The Wingnut. Both as a move towards self sufficiency and as a promotion of Food Not Lawns and DIY culture.

We also want to possibly do some gardening workshops for free in our neighborhood. Anyone with gardening skills they would like to share should contact us.

If anyone has Sunflower seeds- those are really good for lead remediation and for making our neighborhoods look nice. While we are huge fans of edible plants, any flowers/ferns/cacti/etc. will still be put to good use.

We are not expert gardeners by any means. Any help with planning the garden, or donations of seeds and plants will be received with open arms.
Things we wan to grow:
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