Community gardening has seen a boom in the past decade, and even more so since the pandemic began. Urban agriculture has taken thousands of overgrown lots across the country, cleaned them up, and created beautiful gardens to feed communities. Read on to learn more about community gardens in D.C.
Community gardens are shared gardens in urban spaces typically divided into plots. Washington D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has a community garden program that has over 30 gardens throughout the District.
Each community gardener is given one plot to grow in in exchange for helping take care of the overall garden. D.C. also has community gardens that have been created by non-profit organizations with similar goals; to give communities access to gardens to grow fresh produce.
D.C. is also home to a host of urban farms that grow large amounts of produce that give communities access to fresh, healthy produce through CSA’s, stores, and farmers markets, as well as outreach programs to ensure everyone in the community has enough to eat.
There are so many benefits to community gardening, including health, environmental, social, and mental health benefits.
Some Benefits Of Urban Community Gardens In D.C.
- They bring people together to work towards a common goal
- Strengthens community members ties to their neighborhood
- Adds greenspace and beautifies otherwise overlooked patches of land
- Gives access to fresh produce for the community
- You know exactly where your food is coming from
- You know how your food was grown
- You know your food is free from harmful chemicals
- You have control over what produce is available and what is grown
- Gives people the opportunity to be engaged with their community
- Gives people a chance to get their hands in the earth
Getting outside and working in community gardens has been therapeutic to a lot of people during the isolating times of the pandemic. We love that the community gardens in D.C. have given people more access to fresh produce grown in their communities and brought neighbors together to work the land, so today we’re sharing some community gardens to check out throughout the District.
Check Out These D.C. Community Gardens
Bruce Monroe Garden
3000 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The Bruce Monroe Community Garden is a large DPR garden with 214 plots.
Melvin Hazen Community Garden
2060 0811, Washington, D.C. 20008
The Melvin Hazen Community Garden is a larger garden with 108 plots. There is a $25 application fee and a $30 annual membership fee.
Other Nearby Communities:
The Parkwest apartments are a 15-minute walk, 8-minute metro ride, or a 4-minute drive.
The Parkway apartments are only a 3-minute drive or a 10-minute walk.
Marion Street Intergenerational Community Garden
1519 Marion Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001
The Marion Street garden hosts community activities and has a “you help, you harvest” policy.
The Phoenix apartments are about a 10-minute drive, 15-minute metro ride, or a 25-minute walk from the Marion Street Intergenerational Garden.
West End Garden
25th St NW, Washington, D.C.
The West End Community Garden is a smaller DPR garden with 20 plots.
If you live at the Circle Arms apartments you are only a short 3-minute walk from this garden.
Newark Street Garden
3307-3499 39th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
The Newark Street Community Garden is set on 4-acres and has 234 garden plots.
The Archer apartments are a quick 2-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the Newark Street Garden.
14th St NW & Taylor St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
Twin Oaks Community Garden is a good-sized DPR garden with 62 plots.
45th St NW & Warren St NW Washington, D.C. 20016
Friendship Garden is a 50 plot DPR garden.
The Friendship Community Garden is less than a 5-minute drive, or about a 15-minute walk from The Archer Apartments.
LeDroit Park Community Garden
3rd & V Streets NW Washington, D.C.
LeDroit Park Community Garden has 56 plots.
From The Rodney, LeDroit Park Community Garden is a 12-minute drive, 23-minute metro ride, or a 30-minute walk. If you live at The Phoenix apartments, it’s about a 13-minute drive, 23-minute metro ride, or a 30-minute walk.
Euclid Street Garden/Justice Park
14th & Euclid Streets NW Washington D.C.
Euclid Street Garden is a small community garden in Columbia Heights with 40 plots.
If you live at The Rocksboro Apartments, Euclid Street Garden is about a 5-minute drive or a 20-minute walk from home.
Other Nearby Communities:
1900 Lamont apartments are a 5-minute drive, 20-minute walk, or a 15-minute metro ride.
Crestwood Apartments are about a 7-minute drive, 13-minute metro ride, or a 25-minute walk.
Upshur Community Garden
4300 Arkansas Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20011
Upshur Community Garden has 42 plots of different dimensions. There is a $30 annual membership fee and members are expected to help maintain the common areas.
Crestwood Apartments is a quick 5-minute drive, 7-minute metro ride, or a short 10-minute walk away.
Not Ready To Start Your Own Garden Plot? Consider Joining a CSA.
What is a CSA?
A CSA or Community Supported Agriculture is a model that connects consumers with access to the source of fresh food within their community. CSA members typically pay a set amount and receive fresh, seasonal produce either delivered or picked up at set locations throughout the district.
Benefits of Joining a CSA in D.C.
There are so many benefits to joining a CSA, here are just a few:
- CSA’s give you direct access to fresh food from the source instead of going through a retailer.
- Because your food is coming from within your community, you are helping to reduce CO2 emissions because your food doesn’t have to travel long distances to reach you.
- CSA’s generally grow organic produce which produces less runoff of fertilizers and pesticides into water supplies which is better for both humans and wildlife.
- Local produce is more nutrient-dense because it isn’t losing nutrients while traveling long distances.
Check Out These CSA’s In Washington D.C.
Dreaming Out Loud (CSA)
920 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001
3 Part Harmony Farm (CSA)
3104 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Common Good City Farm (CSA)
300 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Little Wild Things Farm (Salad Share)
906 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002
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