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Repurposing Space in DC – April 15

March 29, 2012

The DC Box CollectiveWangari Gardens and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, bring you ‘Repurposing Space’, a showcase of three ways local organizations are working to reuse vacant or underutilized land in the District.  See detailed schedule of events at end.

Wangari Gardens is a newly planned community garden space, orchard, rain garden, and community space located on 2.7 acres.  The DC Box Collective is working on adapting used shipping containers to fit the needs of under-resourced District neighborhoods.   Tumbleweed Tiny Houses have been one of the earliest promoters of tiny home living, and have inspired a few DC residents to build tiny houses on wheels this summer.  On site will be a model of the Tumbleweed Fencl, a 130 square foot tiny home on wheels perfectly suited for infilling urban backyard or alley spaces.   Visitors are encouraged to come learn firsthand about all three exciting initiatives.  

The event will take place on Sunday, April 15th  – Noon-5pm @ Wangari Gardens.  The gardens are located west of the Washington Hospital Center/Children’s Medical Center, bordered by Irving St. NW, Kenyon St. NW, and Park Pl. NW. 

For further information contact: 

Friends of Wangari Gardens:

The Box Collective:

DC tiny houses: or

Schedule of Events!

12 – 5 – Tour a tiny house on wheels! On site will be a model of the Tumbleweed Fencl, a 130 square foot tiny home on wheels perfectly suited for infilling urban backyard or alley spaces.

11 am – Yoga in the park-taught by Bahiyyah, gardener and yoga instructor extraordinaire

12-2  – Garden installation with Give us Names, an organization telling stories and acting to restore homes to displaced families in Colombia – they will be installing a garden space at Wangari Gardens as a symbolic act of Restoration, a community here in the U.S. giving a piece of land in honor of those in Colombia who have had their land taken. Learn more about the permaculture group who is facilitating the installation at:

12-2  – workshop – soil remediation – help Wangari Gardens prepare the soil for their mandala forest garden, and learn how to improve yours at home

1 – 2  – Talk and Discussion: Tiny House design and building

2-3 – presentation by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – An amazing communitybased labor rights organization, fighting for fair food and workers’ rights, particularly for those working on tomato farms that supply tomatoes to the nation’s restaurants and grocery stores.

3-4  – Art projects with the DC Box Collective – an initiative to explore how design could act as catalyst for community building and empowerment within the District of Columbia metropolitan area through providing access to resources.

4-5 – Spring gardening workshop with Sarah – get your spring veggies in while it’s still cool, grow lots of food in a small space, keep away the pests, and discover companion plants!

5:30 – Meet-up with community gardeners, potluck picnic – bring something to share!