The Community Harvest program serves to reconnect our neighborhoods with land, food, jobs, and justice. Community Harvest assistance supports a wide range of gardens and greening initiatives in under-served communities, advancing nutritious local food sources, sustainable permaculture, native habitat reclamation and reforestation, and lasting community empowerment in public space revitalization.
Parks & People’s own urban agriculture sites, at the Marvin Gaye Greening Center and the North Columbia Heights Green, provide demonstration opportunities for public land reclamation, green planning and design, job training, volunteer support, and advocacy for community greening efforts.
Seedbeds for Change
Both sites currently operate as urban farms and native tree nurseries, and offer the surrounding communities and habitats a source of sustainable, healthy food. At the Greening Center, Parks & People has partnered with DC Urban Greens to construct 3,840 square feet of new high-tunnel hoop houses that will enable year-round intensive farming, with an expected annual yield of over 10,000lbs of sustainable organic healthy food. At the Green, Parks & People has transformed our community garden into a mini-farm – where instead of assigned individual garden plots, the entire site is community-grown and harvested. This communal approach will produce a higher quantity and quality of food. Over half of all food produced will be donated to Thrive DC, a homeless services agency whose clients are now at the center of the team tending the Green.
Through connection with the Riverside Healthy Living Center around the corner from the Greening Center, Parks & People is developing DC’s first comprehensive Healthy Food Hub. A model of full-circle food production, preparation, distribution and consumption is enabled through the incubation of seedlings at Riverside as well as the use of Riverside’s newly renovated commercial kitchen, café and community hall as a site for a farmer’s market, healthy cooking classes, catering and other food-based enterprise.
Sustained by Partnership
Washington Parks and People and DC Urban Greens are partnered to offer the Farm Market at Riverside Healthy Living Center, 601 Division Ave NE. The market features fresh organic produce from the nearby Marvin Gaye Greening Center.
The market is a site for DC Produce Plus, offered through DC Department of Health and DC Greens. Qualifying customers may sign up for the program and receive $10 worth of checks each week to spend at any market with Produce Plus.
Visit our list of Farmers Markets in DC, Virginia, and Maryland to find a Farmers Market near you!
Interested in joining Parks & People’s Community Harvest Network? Call us at 202-462-7275.