All food grown in the Bee Happy Garden, along with honey produced by the hives, is donated to local food pantries, as part of FUN’s mission to address food insecurity within the Falls Church community.
FUN Fall Feast
A FUN First
Spring has Sprung
FUN with Seeds
We ended the year by harvesting kale and plan on starting next year the same way, with the harvest of leafy greens.
Many thanks to everyone for their support. We are beholden to the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads whose donations allowed us to provide and maintain these gardens. Special praise to First Christian Church of Falls Church who has supported us every step, every plant, and every seed of the way in our quest to feed the community.
Following manufacturing setbacks and shipping delays that everyone experienced during COVID, the much-anticipated paved pathways were installed and completed in August. Soon after, high-sided raised beds were put in place. This provides an opportunity for our volunteers who use wheelchairs to work at a comfortable level.
Many, many thanks to the Tactical Landscaping Company who did a phenomenal job installing the beautiful pavers. Heartfelt gratitude for the support of the improve the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.
Support and Supports
In April, FUN was delighted to learn we were awarded product donations from Gardener’s Supply Company. We received 2 titan tunnels which you will see in many of our photos as it spans the entrance to our garden. We also received 2 zig-zag tall pea trellises which we use to grow pole beans. FUN is truly grateful for the support from Gardener’s Supply and support for our vegetables as both products have become invaluable tools in our garden.
Immediately following the raised bed installation, a second set of amazing people - the DIG Garden Club from Bishop O’Connell High School along with volunteers from the local community – installed trellises, then planted seeds and seedlings.
The following week a fence was added and an efficient drip line irrigation system was installed, that not only saves time but saves water.
Dreams Come True
On March 3, 2012 FUN learned they were the recipient of a Quality of Life grant from the FUN used the grant for the installation of paved pathways to create a barrier-free, fully inclusive vegetable garden at Bee Happy Garden. By providing accessible paths FUN was one step further in offering volunteering opportunities for individuals living with paralysis and mobility limitations.
|Mark and Phase 1 of Bee Happy Garden|
Bee Happy Bee-gins
Bee Happy Garden germinated on Saturday September 29, 2020, thanks to Mark who chose FUN as beneficiary of his Eagle project. He, along with Scouts from Troop 875, friends and family, constructed, installed, and filled with soil the first 10 beds of FUN’s vegetable garden on the front lawn of First Christian Church. FUN planted spinach, kale, collard greens, lettuce and carrots which were harvested the following spring.
Thanks to everyone who helped our dream become a reality on this day in September. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads for their financial support. Thanks to First Christian Church for the land, donations, and dedication to feeding the hungry. Thanks to Mark, Troop 875, friends and family for your sweat equity. All of your contributions will help provide food for those in need, right here in our local community.
It Takes a Village
In September, 2020 FUN will break ground on the front lawn of the first Christian Church of Falls Church, to start their first phase of their new raised bed gardens. Officially named the Bee Happy Garden, as we have beehives at this site - the finished garden will eventually contain 22 raised beds, paved pathways and high-sided beds for access by those who use wheelchairs. . We are thrilled to break ground on this new site and look forward to growing more food. A special thanks to First Christian Church for the generous use of their land, their water, and their ever-present encouragement.