Thank you to everyone that is helping us to create a wonderful 40th anniversary celebration for the Washington Youth Garden. We are truly grateful for your generous donations of time, energy, and food. Your contributions will help to make the 40th celebration a fun and delicious day!
The generosity and dedication of WYG volunteers makes this garden grow! Thank you to everyone that is working so hard to make the 40th celebration great, and to keep the Washington Youth Garden great throughout the year.
Divinely Decadent Desserts
Divinely Decadent Desserts was born out of a love for baking. Carlynn Fuller began baking at an early age and developed a love for baking for family and friends. The name "Divinely Decadent Desserts" was chosen to represent the role of God in Carlynn's life, in her baking and in bringing the bakery to fruition. The bakery and the baked goods are God inspired. The taste of the desserts is "decadent" meaning self-indulgent, and everyone should be a little self-indulgent from time-to-time. Divinely Decadent Desserts is generously donating a beautiful cake for the 40th Celebration!
Whole Foods P Street is the largest Whole Foods in the DC metro area, offering an impressive selection of delectable goods. Whole Foods also offers a wonderful School Garden Grant Program through their Whole Kids Foundation. The Washington Youth Garden and Whole Foods P Street have been partnering for several years for fun food festivities. The Washington Youth Garden attended the 2010 and 2011 Community Garden Day hosted by Whole Foods P Street. Whole Foods P Street also donated some wonderful fruit to the WYG for the 2010 Family Fun Day. We are definitely looking forward to trying more tasty treats this year from Whole Foods!
Nicole Hamam, Hamam Design - Nicole Hamam is the owner and creative director of Hamam Design. Nicole creates wonderful works of graphic design art for the Washington Youth Garden and Friends of the National Arboretum, along with many other organizations and events. Nicole donated her design services for the beautiful birthday cake graphic and the WYG bee-licious honey label for the 40th event!
Honest Tea creates and promotes delicious, truly healthy, organic beverages. A commitment to social responsibility is central to Honest Tea's identity and purpose. The company strives for authenticity, integrity and purity, in their products and in the way they do business. In addition to creating a healthy alternative beverage with a lot less sugar than most bottled drinks, Honest Tea seeks to create honest relationships with our employees, suppliers, customers and with the communities in which they do business. Honest Tea is donating some of their delicious and wholesome beverages for the 40th celebration. Honest tea also donated some wonderful beverages to our 2010 Family Fun Day. Thank you for helping us stay happy and hydrated!
In April 1999, Restaurant Nora became America's first certified organic restaurant. This means that 95% or more of everything served at the restaurant has been produced by certified organic growers and farmers all who share in Nora's commitment to sustainable agriculture. Nora always offers seasonal, fresh organic food, prepared in a healthy, balanced way and enjoys a "big following" of environmentalists and politicians, who can eat here with a clear conscience, knowing that what's on their plate hasn't polluted the environment, is healthy for them, and tastes good too. Nora provided some wonderful small bites for the Family Fun Day in 2010. We look forward to more of these amazing small bites at the 40th celebration!
Chef Rob Weland and Poste Moderne Brasserie - Local Chef Rob Weland will be preparing delicious pork BBQ sliders for the 40th and talking to attendees about the dish. The food for the sliders will be provided by Poste Moderne Brasserie.
Tryst - Right in the center of the nations capital, Tryst stands in stark contrast to the suburban culture and coffee chains that proliferate the country. Tryst is a single location, owned and operated by the same couple that started it in 1998. They offer excellent made to order food and drink, and a commitment to serving the community. Tryst has generous donated iced coffee to keep us all going strong throughout the celebration.
GLUT Food Co-op - GLUT Food co-op is a workers Co-op market that has been offering wholesome, affordable food products since 1969. Among the GLUT specialties are organic and local produce, cheese, and a bulk department with grains, beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, baking supplies, granola, coffee, herbs and spices, pasta and more. They also offer environmentally friendly health and beauty products, food supplements, vitamins, and sundries. All are welcome at GLUT, no membership required. GLUT is a favorite of the WYG staff! You will often see GLUT labels on the supplies for our cooking demonstrations.
Chef John Murphy of Miriam's Kitchen - After spending nine years as a professional chef in culinary epicenters New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Chef John Murphy left the restaurant industry to become Assistant Director of Kitchen Operations for Miriam’s Kitchen—a nonprofit providing healthy meals and support services to the homeless in Washington, DC. Chef Murphy was inspired by the work Miriam’s Kitchen does for the community, and wanted to use his culinary skills to change the lives of the people in his community. Growing up in the rural South, Chef Murphy witnessed firsthand the bitterness of poverty, but also the civility of his community coming to the care of its neighbors. As Assistant Director of Kitchen Operations, Chef Murphy helps create nutritious meals, coordinate food donations, and advocate for healthy food systems across the country.
Toni Burnham and Sam Visner - Toni is DC’s #1 Bee Lover and Advocate. Toni led the install of the Washington Youth Garden’s beehive, and training for WYG staff. She also led the charge for the harvesting of the first year of WYG honey mmm! WYG’s Bee-licious honey will be available for tasting at the 40th celebration. Toni’s time with the Washington Youth Garden is made possible in part because of her wonderful husband Sam Visner.
Meagan Leatherbury - Meagan designed the beautiful WYG bookmarks that will be available at the 40th Anniversary Celebration. Thank you Meagan for your wonderful design work!