Thursday, August 1, 2019

FUN Co-founder Featured in NorthernVirginia Magazine

Ronnie @ WEeFarm (photo by Christin Boggs Peyper, NorthernVirginia Magazine)

Ronnie, a co-founder of FUN, was featured in the July NorthernVirignia Magazine

Our expert permaculturist is also the founder of WEeFarm34, an employee supported garden focused on wild, local, and naturalized plants that encourage a healthy ecosystem and an outdoor life. FUN is very proud of Ronnie and all of her accomplishments. She is an invaluable asset to the success of FUN.

Read all about Ronnie’s amazing endeavors at this link:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Thank You Volunteers

This past Saturday FUN, in partnership with Food for Others, constructed a vegetable garden consisting of 10 raised beds and started our first annual vegetable garden at Peace Lutheran Church. FUN will grow vegetables this season but will surrender the gardens next year and serve as an overseer for gardening families from Parklawn Elementary School.

Heartfelt thanks and a collective hug to all of those who showed up on this beautiful, hot, spring day and worked so diligently to get everything accomplished. We had over 25 volunteers, including many students from Justice High School, who  were driving screws, assembling beds, installing  beds, shoveling 10 cubic yards of soil, pounding fence posts, and installing fencing.

FUN is so grateful for all of our volunteers! Believe us as we let you know how much we appreciate your enthusiasm and genuine dedication. Thank you for your incredible performance, your time and talents are priceless.

Wholehearted thanks to Food for Others for providing the lumber, screws, soil, and fencing. Your acts of kindness may be small but your impact on the community is huge. FUN cannot overstate how proud and grateful we are to work with you.

To all of those who showed up and all of those behind the scenes, we thank you for a successful event. Every drop of your sweat will go towards providing food for those in need, right here in our own community. All of the food produced in these beds will be donated to Food for Others, who will distribute it through their food bank / food pantry systems.

Watch the status of the garden as we post updated pictures on our website!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Strawberry Fields Forever

At the end of April, FUN transplanted the beginnings of a strawberry patch on the side of a hill at First Christian Church. These 60 plants are the start of FUN’s First Food Forest.

Strawberry Patch at FCC
From design to inception, the planning phase of a food forest takes time. It is important to observe the native ecosystem, to determine which plants thrive and how they interact throughout the growing season. To best understand the site you must scrutinize the soil, the climate, the water movement, the wildlife, the topography. Site surveys have been completed every 2 weeks from the start of spring and will continue to the end of fall.

As FUN introduces food producing plants into the ecosystem we will have done our research, giving the plants the opportunity to flourish year after year and become a vital part of the vegetation. Food Forests are sustainable, regenerative sources of food. 

Here’s to strawberry fields forever!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Field Trip or should I say Forest Trip

On Sunday April 7th, FUN had the pleasure of touring Forested ( ) under the guidance of our food forest experts, Ronnie (a founder and director of FUN) and Christine. Forested is a ten-acre research forest garden, located in the middle of suburbia. Its practices will serve as the foundation for the food forests we plan to install on each FUN site.
The Entrance to Forested
Food Forests are ecologically savy food producers, giving us fruit, nuts, berries, herbs, and mushrooms in a sustainable way. Forested is a thriving, growing agroforest, proving that food production can be successful with limited impact on the environment. It is a perfect example of what can be accomplished with food cultivation when working with the native ecosystem instead of against it…the diversity and abundance of edibles was amazing.

FUN is excited about establishing food forests at each of its sites and putting into practice the concepts of permaculture. Thank you Forested for the very educational tour!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Learning is fun and FUN is Always Learning

We are excited about sharing our knowledge. FUN will promote education through hands-on learning, workshops, field trips, and volunteer projects. Ronnie, FUN’s expert on permaculture and farmer extraordinaire, presented a workshop at Rooting DC ( this February. We will endeavor to continually educate ourselves, to expand our knowledge base and improve our techniques, in an effort to provide an abundant yield of produce each year.

FUN looks forward to extolling the benefits of healthy food options through social media, guided workshops, and food tastings. We hope to introduce you to a food or 2 that you haven’t tried before. Have you ever tasted a pawpaw fruit? They are native to this area and quite delicious
Pawpaw Fruit

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hello and Welcome to the first post on our newly planted website!

We are Food Uniting Neighbors,
yes that's right, we're FUN!

We are a dedicated group of volunteers who would like to establish food forests and annual vegetable gardens on unused land in the diverse, suburban community in which we reside.

All food we harvest from our sites will be donated to food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters - any food provider in the local area that can use the fresh produce themselves in preparing free meals  or distribute the fresh produce to those in need.

We have just broken ground on this endeavor, so bear with us as this website is under construction.

We are excited to embark on this new adventure. We can't wait to get started and get our hands dirty. 

Join us…it’s FUN!

FUN Co-founder Featured in NorthernVirginia Magazine

Ronnie @ WEeFarm (photo by Christin Boggs Peyper, NorthernVirginia Magazine) Ronnie, a co-founder of FUN, was featured in the July Nor...