Author: laura

Spring has Sprung!

We have had a very busy few weeks here at Red Wiggler. Since winter held on for so long this year, we had to act fast once the soil thawed and dried enough for planting. Our greenhouse is bursting at the seams, and we are transplanting and seeding in the fields as fast as we Read More …

Preparing for the Season

As everyone on the East Coast is well aware, freezing weather and winter precipitation have continued into the usual beginning of our farming season. Fortunately, we have used the delay to work on several pre-season projects. On a farm, planning, reflection, field preparation, and inventories before the season starts are just as important as weeding Read More …

Red Wiggler at Rooting DC Conference

Red Wiggler is excited to be participating in this year’s Rooting DC Conference, which will take place Saturday, March 1st in Washington, D.C. Rooting DC is a free, all-day farming and gardening forum that focuses on a wide range of food issues in the Washington, D.C. region. The conference will feature more than 70 practical Read More …

Winter at Red Wiggler II: Microgreens

As we mentioned in December, this winter we have been staying busy growing microgreens in our greenhouse and program building. Students from Seneca Valley High School and Ivymount School visit the farm weekly to seed and harvest the microgreens; our Growers and Growers-in-Training are also participating, and working behind the scenes to keep the program running Read More …

New Vegetable Varieties in 2014

During each winter here at Red Wiggler, our staff plans out all of the vegetables, herbs, and flowers we’d like to grow over the following year. We analyze what grew well over the past year, which fields should lie fallow in the coming year, which vegetables CSA customers seemed to like most and least, and Read More …

Winter at Red Wiggler

It would be easy to assume that the staff and programming at Red Wiggler have gone into hibernation along with the fields. While we’re enjoying this change of seasons, we have been busy preparing for our inaugural winter programming: growing microgreens in the greenhouse. In January and February, we will be hosting students from the Read More …

A Successful 18th Season

Ever wonder what 33,571 pounds of vegetables looks like? That’s nearly 17 tons, and it’s the total amount of produce we distributed to CSA members, group homes and food banks in the 2013 season. We also hosted a whopping 2,646 volunteer hours in our fields and employed 16 Growers to do valuable, meaningful work. Looking Read More …

Sheet-Mulching with Sidwell Friends School

On Thursday, Sidwell Friends’ fifth-grade class came out for a terrific field trip and service learning visit. Thankfully the weather improved from earlier in the week, so it was a beautiful day to mulch our fields! We are employing a technique called sheet-mulching, which adds organic material to a bed over the course of the Read More …