Community gardens are proliferating in the nation's cities, and conspicuously in Washington, DC.
• An organization known as Groundwork Anacostia River DC is organizing vegetable gardens on vacant and neglected lands in poor sections of the capital.
• An organization called City Blossoms is working with DC public school students to beautify city spaces and grow, harvest, andprepare vegetables.
• The Common Good City Farm is teaching low-income residentshow to grow healthy food.
The most unconventional activity that's sprung up among Washington's gardening contingent, however, is "guerrilla gardening," The Washington Post reports. It involves throwing "seed bombs"—golf-ball-size lumps of mud packed with wildflower seeds, clay, and some compost and water—onto derelict lots, hoping that flowers will take root on these neglected expanses.
The Post says seed-bombing is part of a phenomenon "known as activist gardening that is taking off this spring in cities such as Portland, Detroit, Baltimore and the District." Participants view it as a tool for social change.
You can find out more about it—including descriptions of examples around the world—at a British-based website, Guerrilla Gardening.org.
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