Are you ready to get your hands in some Southwest DC dirt? Well, if you didn’t know, Southwest has a community garden located in Lansburgh Park (1098 Delaware Ave.) that has a communal section that’s open to everyone to participate. The spring kick-off marks the re-opening of the garden for the year, and the resumption of regular workdays.

During previous kick-offs, we’ve held cooking demos and compost workshops, planted potatoes in buckets, painted garden signs, and planted seeds in the communal section. (Photos from previous years can be found on our Facebook page: Neighbors are currently meeting to come up with a list of fun activities for the day. For the date and time of the kick-off, and to stay in the loop with what we’re up to, check out our website ( or catch us on any of our social media profiles: @swgardensdc (Instagram) and @swgardens (Twitter). You can also always reach us at our email address:

Our goal for 2017 is to continue the momentum we’ve created over the past couple years. In 2015, we grew 65 pounds of produce and averaged about 10 people per workday; in 2016, we grew 140 pounds and averaged almost 14 people per workday. We hope that you’ll join us in 2017! Please feel free to share with us your talents, ideas, energy, and any other unique attributes!

By: Coy McKinney

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