March 2013
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IN THIS ISSUE - click to jump down to the articles that you wanna read first!
Lawn & Garden items to donate? Drop 'em off in NW DC & Montgomery Co.
Say goodbye to winter at our Spring Soiree!
Calling all Party People!
Rebates to make your home energy efficient
ECO City Farms to offer seedlings & compost at the 'Lift
Now that's a great engagement story!
Apply now for a spring internship
Hiring Bilingual Help
LAST CHANCE: Vote TODAY for Best Hardware Store!!


As spring is just around the corner, grab your calendar and read on for lots of fun events coming up at the Forklift!  Stop on by the warehouse soon to join the fun! 


Wanted: Your Unwanted Garden Tools!


Hey Montgomery County & NW DC - here's a great excuse to do some spring cleaning!  Donate your gently-used lawn & garden supplies, and receive a 10% discount on brand-new items at American Plant Nursery & Landscaping. 



Collection Weekend: 


March 16-17












  garden tool collection



  • Montgomery County:  both American Plant stores, at 5258 River Road (Chevy Chase) and 7405 River Road (Bethesda)


garden donations
Alex from John Shorb Landscaping sure loves her job!  At the February event, she collected donations all weekend in the cold, but she never stopped smiling.


Everyone donating materials at the collection event will receive a coupon good for 10% off an entire purchase at American Plant Nursery & Landscaping (Coupon is valid through March 17, 2013. Excludes gift certificates and landscape services). 



Lawn & garden supplies in working condition (mowers, hoses, hand tools, power tools or lighting) and decorative items (planters, patio furniture, pottery, birdbaths, arbors, edging, brick or stone). 


If you are unable to attend the collection events, or if you have a large donation such as a riding mower or building materials, contact Community Forklift directly to schedule a free pickup at your home.  






Watch our latest YouTube video about the collection weekend!


See more pictures from our February collection here!



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Are you coming to our Spring Soiree?
Let us know on Facebook!

We'll have... 
      • Low-cost gardening tools & supplies!
      • Compost & seedlings from ECO City Farms!
      • Door prizes awarded hourly!
      • FREE gardening workshops! 
      • DJs playing your favorite tunes!
      • Costumes!
      • Lunch on the grill!
      • FREE seed give-away!
      • Photobooth fun!
      • And more!  

See the full schedule online now, and check back often for updates!    


Click here for photos of last year's event, and get some outfit inspiration! 
Adults, kids, and leashed pets are encouraged to dress up, so wear a darling frock or snappy seersucker suit, and don't forget the straw toppers or fancy hats.  But muddy boots and bib overalls are great too!


Lend a hand:
Volunteer at our
Spring Soiree! 


You're already coming to our Spring Soiree on March 23rd, so why not lend a hand while you hang out?  Please email Bea with your availability and preferred task(s): 
  • Set-up Superheros (8-10am) 
  • Gregarious Greeters (3 hour shifts, 9am-6pm)
  • On-the-Ball Beverage Specialists (3 hour shifts, 9am-6pm)
  • Friendly Photographers (at least 3 hour shifts, 9am-6pm)
  • Cleanup Crew (4-7pm)
Save money with STEP!


Come to our "house party" to get help to make your house more comfortable and energy efficient! 




Sat. March 9 at 2:30pm


Community Forklift


City of Hyattsville, University Park, Riverdale Park, & College Heights Estates


What is STEP?    
The Small Town Energy Program is a community program funded by a grant from the US Dept of Energy that makes it easy and affordable to improve the energy efficiency of your home. STEP provides rebates that range from $400-$4,650 to help homeowners get the work done.  The program ends in a few months, so take advantage of it now!  
Attendance is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so an RSVP is required. Please contact Suzanne Parmet with your RSVP at 240-695-3991, or email her at


Click flyer for a downloadable version
Mooove Over Big Ag: Community and Crops Thrive Thanks to Urban Farmers    
By Elizabeth McGowan 


With one nimble step, Christian Melendez lopes from the hat-and-mittens weather of a blustery February afternoon to temperatures more suited for a T-shirt.


The 75-degree environment he enters would make any red-blooded rabbit swoon. It's a winter refuge filled with row after row after row of chemical-free, stunningly lush and tender lettuce, raab, spinach, chard, collards, parsley, arugula and pea shoots.


Melendez kneels in the dirt and deftly begins harvesting oak leaf lettuce with a serrated knife, placing fistfuls in a bright yellow crate.


This feast of green thriving in a 95-foot long, plastic-covered hoop house is the bread and butter for ECO City Farms, a bold experiment in nonprofit, community-based, urban agriculture where Melendez serves as farm manager.


Like its neighbor Community Forklift, the farm's brainstormers intentionally selected Edmonston as their home base because of the town's burgeoning environmental ethic and the belief that they could help to plug a gap in a working-class community notably short on such services.  


"What we have in common with the Forklift is that we're building a community asset," explained Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, founder and chief executive officer of ECO City Farms. "We're not competing for scarce resources. We're sharing resources to build a viable alternative business community."  


Besides having overlapping green-centered outreach and education philosophies, the Forklift and the farm also share tangible items.


One example of such cross-pollination will begin on Saturday, March 23 - the day of the Forklift's annual Spring Soiree/Garden Party/Spring Sale - when the farm will set up a booth at the Forklift to sell its coveted compost, herbs and vegetable plant seedlings ready to be transplanted to buyers' garden spaces. The two nonprofits are hoping the consignment partnership evolves into a long-term arrangement.


"Community Forklift has always made resources available to like partners," said Morgan-Hubbard, who has called this area home since the early 1980s. "And we have learned from the Forklift to do the same. We see Community Forklift as a leader on this front."


The Forklift's footprint is visible at the tidy two-acre plot ECO City Farms leases from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission where Crittenden Street dead-ends into a park. For instance, storm doors rescued from the Forklift are the way in and out of each of the four hoop houses where crops are harvested.


Keep reading to see how ECO has used Forklift materials in creative farm projects, including an outdoor kitchen!
Our Wishlist
A bit of help with Pinterest?
Our Forklift Fans have been telling us that we should use Pinterest...AND, guess what, we now have a social media specialist on our outreach team!  Only problem?  None of us have much familiarity with Pinterest!
Are you huge pinner?  Would you be willing to give us advice?  Either over phone or in-person, just basic tips on how to use Pinterest would be very helpful! 
Got a spare videocamera?


 As we get our YouTube channel up and running, we find ourselves in need of our own videocamera.  If you have a working one you'd like to donate, or working microphone or lighting equipment, please email Bea with the specs.  We'll give you a thank you letter for your generous tax-deductible donation!
Lovebirds at the 'Lift  


Last spring, we got an unusual request.  Mark and his girlfriend Rebekah love antiquing, so he called to ask if he could propose to her at our warehouse.  We thought it was an awesome idea!


He brought in a vintage-looking sign that a friend painted for him.  On one side, it said "Mark & Rebeckah's Auto Shop", and on the other side, it said "Will you marry me?"  He hid the sign in the warehouse, then brought his unsuspecting sweetheart over to visit.  


Seeking spring intern


Are you a college/grad student or career changer looking to learn about sustainable green business?  Join Community Forklift's Outreach & Education team as our spring intern!  To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Bea(at) - thanks for your interest!


Affordable Office Space
Available Immediately!

Community Forklift is renting office space!
We're only asking $650/month for 572 square feet.
¿Habla español?



We are still looking for a bilingual Spanish-speaker with weekend availability.  Please see our website for more info.  


March Sales


5-Gallon Buckets of Paint & Stuff just $10 each

We've just received dozens of buckets of paint from a local hardware store!  Normally $25 or more, 5-gallon buckets of paint and other liquids are now just $10 each (Sale does not include 1-gallon cans and select specialty items). 


50% off Plaster Crown Molding

Take half off bundles of plaster crown molding all month long!  Regularly $100 per 40-foot bundle, now just $50 per bundle (Sale does not include wood molding, other plaster pieces, and select specialty items).  

 25% off Most Appliances 


Take 25% off appliances with orange price tags of $300 or less (Sale does not include ALCO appliances, hot water heaters, tools, ceiling fans, furnaces, items with missing or damaged price tags, appliances over $300, and select specialty items).
50% off Vintage & Modern Furniture
Take half off most chairs, desks, bookshelves, pianos and organs, china cabinets, dressers, and tables with orange price tags of $200 or less (Sale does not include select specialty and vintage items, mantels, metal cabinets and shelves, kitchen or vanity cabinets, items with missing or damaged price tags, and items from our consignment partners).
75% off Sinks of $50 or less

Take 3/4 off the orange price tags on kitchen and bathroom sinks with orange price tags of $50 or less (Sale does not include sink/vanity cabinet sets, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, and items from our consignment partners.)




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