Some of the individuals we met at the Volunteer Fair gathered at the Sustainable Shenandoah garden on Sunday, March 11 to learn more about the organization and the mission of the White House Farm Foundation. Chris Anderson, executive director, explains the partnerships with universities, schools and community groups and the current research projects.
Sharron Burgess, garden coordinator, explains how volunteers have started the cool season crops such as lettuces, spinach, kale and cabbage inside and hardened them off in cold frames in preparation for the first big garden day on March 18. She explained the importance of taking care of the soil and how seed saving can be done with the old fashioned open-pollinated varieties (as opposed to hybrids which may not come back the next year with the same qualities as the parent.
We are very excited about the 2012 garden and look forward to growing an abundance of healthy herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruit.