Kenwick Community Garden

We just dropped by Calypso Boutique to pick up our family's Kenwick t-shirts!  They just received a new shipment of shirts. A portion of the proceeds for t-shirt sales is going to be donated to the community garden - so you can support a neighbor's local business, donate to the community garden, show pride in your neighborhood all at the same time!

The t-shirt is available in in 3 of American Apparel's best-seller styles: a unisex tank, a unisex tee, and a fitted women's tee as well as a tee for infants, toddlers, and youth! Neighbors can purchase on their website for in-store pickup, to be shipped, or visit her shop at 513 East Maxwell St in Woodland Triangle. They are open 7 days a week. You can visit Ann-Michael's online store here:

Thank you to all of you who visited the community garden this morning and to those who donated a huge $47.75 this morning! It helps to pay for the water bill, transplants, seeds, supports, and tools as we need them! This morning we harvested broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, mustard greens, lettuce, carrots, basil, swiss chard, rosemary, and flowers. We will continue to give away free produce on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 10 am through the summer into the fall.

We do need more volunteers to help keep it watered in this hot weather and do some minor weeding. We also need volunteers for harvesting on Saturdays. One hour of your time is all we need. You can see the time slots on the garden calendar below. You can visit for one hour anytime during the 3 day time slot you choose. Please email kenwickneighbors to choose a time.

We are in need of volunteers to fill open spots for watering/weeding of the community garden on the corner of Cramer and Owsley behind Victory Christian Church. We are need someone this weekend and through the next two months. There are two flexible time slots available each week, each covering 3 to 4 days. You only need to come once anytime during that range. A visit usually takes one hour and gardening expertise is not required. Please contact kenwickneighbors if you are interested. More instructions will be provided.

The calendar can be accessed here:


Thank you to Ryan Koch and Seedleaf and all of our volunteers who helped prepared and plant the community garden beds last Saturday. We worked hard and had a lot of fun! The garden looks great already and we can't wait for it to grow and produce lots of fresh veggies and flowers.

We would also like to thank the Lexington Fayette Urban Government Council for helping fund the purchase of seeds, plants, and materials for the garden again this year. We would also like to thank Bill Farmer Jr. and Jessica Gies from the Fifth District for their continued support for the community garden efforts.

Thank you to Donut Days for providing the delicious donuts to keep us going in the morning. They will be opening up a shop in Chevy Chase in the near future. Please check them out at:

Stop by to visit the community garden throughout the year and pick up some vegetables on a Saturday morning or come to one of the monthly community suppers where harvest is being served up. We can always use a little more help and we like it when people drive by and wave to cheer us on. If you are interested in helping, visit our website for more information:

We are keeping an eye on the weather, but we are still on schedule to prepare the community garden beds this coming Saturday, April 12th from 9am until 1pm. The garden is located on the corner of Owsley Avenue and Cramer Avenue, behind Victory Christian Church. We have a number of people signed up, but we can us a few more hands to make the work light!

Ryan Koch from Seedleaf will be on hand to help us. We will need help with weeding, moving compost, raking, and planting the spring crops in the beds. The church is also planning to do some outdoor work on the grounds and could use help. We will start at 9 am and will probably keep going until noon or 1 pm, but come when you can and stay as your schedule permits. If you have any of the following please bring them if you are able: shovels, work gloves, or wheel barrows. We will have extra tools available. If you can please RSVP to

I am also happy to announce we will have donuts that have been kindly donated by Donut Days, a local bakery that will be opening up a shop in Chevy Chase in the near future. We thank them for their support in making our garden great this year. Please check them out at:

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We are getting ready to start up the Kenwick Victory Community Garden for the year. Please help us make it better by taking our short survey! At the next general Kenwick Neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00 pm we will be discussing the garden, the results of this survey, and what we want to plan for this year. This meeting will take place at the Kenwick Center at 313 Owsley Avenue. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come.

Seedleaf and Ryan Koch have been instrumental to the creation of the Kenwick Victory Community Garden. We have a few experienced vegetable gardeners, but no one who was experienced with larger scale raised bed construction or community garden management.  We did not know how to plan the layout and how to acquire the right materials.  Ryan made it easy and very cost effective for us by making a plan that suited all our needs and our budget.  Not only did he get all the materials delivered to our location (including wood, soil, tools, seeds, and transplants), he helped instruct our volunteers on build day.  He also gave us great advice on managing our volunteers so we could maintain the garden ourselves. We have had a great first year with a beautiful community garden and lots of lovely vegetables and we have Seedleaf and Ryan to thank for it!

Seedleaf offers free half-hour consultations and affordable services to design, build, and advise your garden crew — large or small. Contact for more information.



Published in the Chevy Chaser Magazine on April 8, 2013
By Saraya Brewer

Kenwick Neighborhood community garden inches toward fruition


Almost a year after the initial seeds for the idea were planted, a community garden in the Kenwick neighborhood is starting to take root. Spearheaded by the Kenwick Neighbor-hood Association (KNA), with seed money provided by the 5th District office, the new garden will be located in the green space behind Victory Christian Church (facing Owsley Avenue).

According to Kenwick Neighborhood Association board member Sara Constantine, the hope is to have the garden installed before the neighborhood’s semi-annual Bungalow Tour, which is scheduled for June 2.

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