Let’s face it, personal green space to garden in is difficult to come by in this city. For those Washingtonians with a green thumb who want to plant fruits and vegetables or just help out, you’re in luck. There are plenty of plots of land and volunteer opportunities in these local community gardens. Check them out today and start pitching in to make your community greener.
1288 Upshur St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
Rebecca Lemos and Lola Bloom started their own community garden in Columbia Heights as an alternative for inner city kids to enjoy a safe space where they can learn and grow, just like the garden they work in. The workshops take place in truly communal gardens where everyone works and benefits from the fruits of their labor.
Common Good City Farm
V St. N.W. between 2nd & 4th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Situated in the historical Le Droit Park area of DC, Common Good City Farm offers garden plots, youth education, workshops and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for low-income families. Adjacent to the farm are the 57 community garden plots that are assigned via a lottery and are good until the next lottery in spring 2014. There is a waiting list, but it’s well worth it for the space in downtown DC. It even offers accessible beds for those that are either physically impaired or elderly.
Glover Park Community Garden
New Mexico Ave. and 42nd St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Post World War II, the government encouraged each individual to grow their own food in what they heralded as the “victory” garden. Today, the garden plots established in Glover Park remain an active role in securing food for the community. With two gardens that comprise a total of 200 plots, there is still such a high demand for plots that there’s a waiting list for both. With a reasonable renting cost of $25 per year for the Northwest residents in DC, it’s well worth it.
Newark Street Community Garden
39th St. and Newark St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
The Newark Street Community Garden has been around since 1974. This well-established community garden accepts new members, but the waiting list can be long. Expect to wait a year to 16 months for a plot. This park has had a community following and support with Casey Trees that line the land and honey bees that were brought by the DC Urban Forestry Administration. The 220 garden plots are all self gardened with the excess produce being donated to the Capital Area Food Bank and other local DC charities.
Twin Oaks Community Garden
14th St. and Taylor St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
Located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, this quaint community garden is perfect for a family looking to garden. The individual plot sizes are large at 10×15 feet and surrounded by a tall fence to keep the deer from nearby Rock Creek Park from foraging on your efforts. Plots are $30 annually and the waiting is available year round, so there’s a good chance of getting in. Twin Oaks takes a lot of care within its community. It offers compost on site, a water club that helps to ensure all of the plants are hydrated during travel times and a seed-saving committee. The plots are available to any DC resident.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.