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Planting Seeds of Connection

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Planting Seeds of Connection

Food and nutrition have been at the heart and soul of Martha’s Table since we opened our doors in 1980. From our Joyful Food Markets to daily lobby markets, our health and wellness team is passionate about nutrition education and cultivating a love of healthy food in our communities.

The goal is to co-create a beautiful educational garden for MT students, families, and our neighbors.

This spring, we are excited to begin our MT garden renovation project in partnership with Love and Carrots. Love and Carrots is a non-profit organization specializing in garden consultation, design, installation, care, and coaching for individuals, businesses, and organizations across the DMV area.

Visitors to the newly renovated garden will discover a walk-through herb-cutting garden featuring 17 herb varieties, strawberries, raspberries, native flowers, seven cedar raised garden beds, and a turf gathering circle for sitting, gathering, hosting the children’s little library, and reading space.

This year the garden will serve as an opportunity to enhance nutrition education for children in the neighborhood and children enrolled at Martha’s Table.

MT staff representing a garden committee will also participate in garden coach sessions with Love and Carrots, ensuring staff is equipped to serve as garden caretakers or educators.

Visitors to the newly renovated garden will discover a walk-through herb-cutting garden featuring 17 herb varieties, strawberries, raspberries, native flowers, seven cedar raised garden beds, and a turf gathering circle for sitting, gathering, hosting the children’s little library, and reading space.

Children will learn where food comes from, how food grows, and the science behind gardening including photosynthesis and climate change. – Erica Lonesome, Healthy Markets Outreach and Engagement

The garden will also represent a place for intergenerational farming. Children, their parents, and grandparents can visit their family garden bed and harvest fruits and vegetables together — enjoying nutritious meals. Currently, the garden is full of edible flowers, tomatillos, strawberries, tomatoes, green beans, and roses.

Team MT will provide updates on the garden throughout the summer season, including what’s in bloom, what our young learners are discovering, and opportunities for collaboration with the community.

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