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The Rooting DC Report

We hope you took our suggestion and attended the free Rooting DC event for DC-Area Urban Gardeners last weekend because now in its fourth year, it was better than ever.   We were inspired to see hundreds of city- and suburb-dwellers getting back to basics – like growing and preparing food, starting school and community gardens, beekeeping, composting, and fighting hunger.  This was Behnkes’ first year as a sponsor, and it won’t be the last.  Congratulations to everyone for their hard work in making this important event happen – and thank you~!

Enjoy some photos of the event (by Behnkes blogger Susan Harris and Washington Gardener Magazine editor Kathy Jentz) and then a video of the event by Grown in the City.

Above clockwise from left to right:  a poster showing off the wonderful Washington Youth Garden (at the National Arboretum); Nazirakh Amen teaching Shiitake mushroom-growing; Mo Moodie and Ibti Vincent teaching canning; and a volunteer for City Blossoms teaching seed-bomb-making.

Above left to right:  Katie Rehwaldt (shown) and Bea Trickett are the two people MOST responsible for making this event happen; the DC Chicken Campaign with an enthusiast; and two more DC gardening movers and shakers – Chris Turse (with the Washington Youth Garden) and Judy Tiger, former director of Garden Resources of Washington.

Above, Juliette Tahar and assistant (from Healthy Living, Inc.) demonstrating the cooking of greens and roots; and a crowd shot demonstrating the excellent attendance!

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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