Our introduction to the young people of the Sasha Bruce Barracks Row Drop-in Center initiated a relationship that has dramatically expanded our mission to include changing lives. In 2022, we began a collaboration with Sasha Bruce Youthwork to transform and activate the underused asset of the outdoor space of Sasha Bruce House at 1022 Maryland Avenue NE.
Sasha Bruce interns and various volunteer groups under the direction of Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington DC have been clearing overgrowth and invasives, weeding and planting flower beds, pruning and planting trees and shrubs, completing a garden accent wall, rehabilitating a storage shed and revitalizing and expanding raised vegetable beds to prepare the site for the activation phase in 2023.
Our program, scheduled to begin in early Spring 2023, will provide instruction to Sasha Bruce youth that includes gardening and horticulture basics, landscape design and maintenance techniques and practices as well as urban agriculture. The goals we hope to achieve are help this underserved and at-risk population recognize and identify new opportunities and options, develop vocational and entrepreneurial skills, learn about food and nutrition and reduce food insecurity for them and their families.
Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington DC is planning to facilitate education and training in gardening, landscaping and horticulture basics to maintain the property and prepare Sasha Bruce youth to enter the workforce.
Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington DC is planning to facilitate an urban farm on the site for Sasha Bruce youth to grow fresh vegetables for themselves and their families to reduce their food insecurity.
More spirited weeding and deforestation in September.
Vigorous weeding by the SBY Community Impact Council followed by a cookout in August.
Lee asked his friends and family to volunteer for his birthday in June.
A team from the Booz Allen Law Firm volunteered in May.
Care First sent a weeding and planting crew for Earth Day in April.