Washington, D.C. isn’t just full of skyscrapers, traffic-filled streets and thousands of people running around; the city is also home to beautiful parks. Some of these parks act as the locations for community gardens, a positive way to bring communities together. You can meet your neighbors, get some some, help your community, learn something and, in some cases, provide food for those in need. Whether you are looking for a new hobby, a way to save money on produce or want to volunteer, check out these community gardens.
Wangari Gardens
416 Kenyon St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 670-5459
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Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai started the Green Belt Movement to promote sustainability, environmental conservation and community empowerment in Kenya. Since the movement was created in 1977, the mission has spread around the world, including D.C. The Wangari Gardens honors her memory by offering a medicinal garden, 50 fruit trees, outdoor classroom, public vegetable garden, community garden and more. You can get a private plot space to grow and harvest your own produce, or you can pick free fruits and vegetables from the public gardens. Enjoy delicious food with a beautiful mission.

Common Good City Farm
334 V St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 559-7513
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The good people at Common Good City Farm don’t want to just give low-income communities produce, they want to educate these communities on environmental sustainability and healthy eating. Through hands on training, you can learn how to grow some of the essential healthy foods you need, all without leaving the city. Along with the educational programs for youths and adults, the farm also offers a market, CSA program, farm stand volunteer opportunities and free produce for those in need. Get more involved in your community while helping the environment and eating healthy.

Euclid Street Community Garden
1412 Euclid St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 642-5724
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Columbia Heights is a unique neighborhood with a lively community. In addition to churches, community centers and schools, residents can come together at the Euclid Street Community Garden. After years of red tape, planning and meetings, this young garden opened just four years ago. It may be young, but with only 40 plots—including four ADA plots—this is a highly sought after place, with a waiting list that you’ll want to get on three years in advance.

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Fort Dupont Community Gardens
3600 F and Minnesota St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 426-7723
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Gardening can be a therapeutic and calming practice for many people, a common hobby for those who have retired. Fort Dupont Community Gardens looks to make the gardens the place where you feel at peace. Located in Fort Dupont Park, the gardens are surrounded by trees, flowers, berries, and you may even see a wild turkey or two. In order to take advantage of the garden plots, you will need to be 18 and over, have a photo ID and attend one of the orientation classes.

Newark Street Community Garden
Newark St. N.W. and 39th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
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Apples, potatoes, berries, lettuce, persimmons, cherries: these are just some of the produce you’ll find at Newark Street Community Garden. Not only can you be a part of this community garden, as a member, you can also help get other community gardens in the area organized. There is also a children’s garden where your little ones can be involved. Get the family together this summer and spend some quality time outside gardening.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.