Long believed to be a private lot, the Marvin Gaye Greening Center sat empty and abandoned for years. But where others saw an overgrown field, Washington Parks & People saw opportunity. We discovered that the lot was in fact public property, an organic part of the Marvin Gaye Park corridor! Together with our partners in DC government, we were able to reclaim this long-forgotten plot of earth.
Parks & People commits itself to a vision of a park whose beauty is equaled by its food production value. By placing urban agriculture in the midst of our public land, we are demonstrating that our parks and greens can be both sources of inspiration and nutrition! In just a few years, Parks & People, our partners, and thousands of volunteers have come a long way in advancing this vision of park-based urban agriculture. We invite you to come see the impact we’ve already made, and take part in the work that remains to be accomplished!