Gardens and Urban Farms

Empowering Urban Communities Through Urban Agriculture

 


Table of Contents

Map of All DC Urban Ag Sites

Community Gardens

Education Gardens

Urban Farms

Places to Volunteer

Public Gardens

Worthwhile Local Agriculture Projects Outside DC


 

Map of All DC Urban Ag Sites

Below is a map of all urban Ag sites.  Its color coordinated by community gardens, education gardens, urban farms, public gardens.  Find the garden nearest to you and use the link to their website to find out how the garden is operated and best ways to get involved.

Map Key

Blue – Community Gardens (personal or communal garden plots)
Orange – Education Gardens (adult or children education programming)
Purple – Urban Farms (production farms)
Red – Public Gardens (publicly funded ornamental gardens)
Brown – Unique Ag Sites Outside DC (Local unique Ag sites not found inside DC)

 

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Community Gardens

Community Gardens are spaces where community members can grow food in personal or communal garden plots. These gardens are often operated by volunteer community members working together in a cooperative.   Below is a list of community gardens in DC organized by ward. Click on each link to learn how to join.


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Ward 1

Bruce Monroe Community Garden3000 Georgia Avenue NW

Columbia Heights Greens3318 Sherman Ave NW

Euclid Street Garden14th & Euclid Street NW

Kalorama Community GardenKalorama & Columbia Road NW

Intergenerational Wisdom Garden at Casa Iris2201 12th street NW

Shipley Community Garden1380 Monroe St NW Washington, DC 20010

Ward 2

West End Community Garden25th & N Street NW

Independence Ave Community GardenIndependence Ave SW & 6th St SW

Ward 3

Friendship Community GardenWarren St NW & 45th St NW

Fort Reno Community GardenChesapeake St & 41st St NW

Glover Archbold Community Garden42nd & New Mexico Avenue, NW

Hardy Community Garden – 4500 Q St NW

Melvin Hazen Community GardenSedgewick & Connecticut Avenue NW

Newark Street Community Garden39th & Newark Street NW

Palisades Community Garden5200 Sherrier Place NW

Whitehaven Community Garden40th St NW & W St NW

Ward 4

Blair Road Community GardenBlair Road & New Hampshire Avenue NE

Emery Community Garden9th Street & Missouri Avenue NW

Fort Stevens Community Garden (DPR)1327 Van Buren Street NW

Fort Stevens Community Garden (NPS) – Fort Stevens Dr NW & 13th St NW

Hamilton Community Garden1340 Hamilton Street NW

Peabody Garden Community GardenPeabody St NW & 8th St NW

Rock Creek Community GardenBingham Dr NW & Oregon Ave NW

Takoma Community GardenVan Buren Street and 3rd Street NW

Twin Oaks Community Garden14th & Taylor Street NW

Upshur Community Garden14th & Upshur NW

Ward 5

Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) Garden140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW

DPR Arboretum Intergenerational Youth Garden2412 Rand Place NE

Edgewood Community Garden300 Evarts Street NE

Everybody Grows Fire Station E-26 Garden – 1340 Rhode Island Ave NE

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild1400 Quincy St NE

Harry Thomas Community Garden1743 Lincoln Road NE

Langdon Youth & Community GardenFranklin St & 24th St NE

Ledroit Community Garden3rd & V Street NW

Mamie D. Lee Community Garden100 Gallatin St NE

Montana Community GardenMontana and 17th St NE

Noyes Community Gardens10th St and Franklin St NE

RockStAr Garden19th St SE and Burke St SE

Theodore Hagans Senior Garden3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE

Turkey Thicket Community Gardens1100 Michigan Avenue NE

Taft Field Community Garden1800 Perry Street NE

Wangari GardensKenyon Street and Park Pl NW DC

Ward 6

DOL Organic Garden at Blind Whino700 Delaware Ave SW

Green Seed Community GardenD St NE & 17th St NE

Hill East Community Garden17th and D St SE

Hilton Community Garden6th St NE & Constitution Ave NE

Kingman Park-Rosedale Community Garden400 20th St NE Washington

King’s Court Community Garden15th St SE and Kings Ct SE

Love Joy Community Garden12th Street and E Street NE

Pomegranate Alley Community Garden911 11th Street SE

Potomac Avenue Community Garden1200 Potomac Ave SE

Southwest Community GardenK Street & Delaware Avenue SW

Victory Gardens DC15th 1/2 Street SE

Virginia Ave Community GardenL St SE & 9th St SE

Waterside St. Community Garden600 M St SW

13th St Community GardenC St SE & 13th St SE

Ward 7

Beet St Gardens Richardson Dwellings Community Garden5231 Cloud Pl NE

Benning Community GardenFable Street & Southern Avenue SE

Dix St Garden5314 Dix St NE

First Baptist Church of Deanwoods Garden4408 Sheriff Rd NE

Fort Dupont Community GardenFort Circle Park, Minnesota Ave SE

Hillcrest Community Garden – 3100 Denver Street, SE

Lederer Youth Garden4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE

Lincoln Heights Community Garden400 50th street NE

Marvin Gaye Community Garden15 61st Street NE

UDC East Capital Farm5900 East Capitol Street SE

Ward 8

Douglass Community Garden1898 Stanton Terrace SE

Ferebee Hope Community Garden3999 8th Street SE

Fort Greble Community GardenMartin Luther King Jr. & Elmira Street SW

Fort Stanton Community Garden1812 Erie Street SE

Mother Peace GardenMississippi Ave and 13th Street SE

Project EDEN3754 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE

Union Temple Baptist Church Garden1225 W Street SE

DPR Langdon Community Garden using 6 different types of raised beds

Community Garden Programs and Resources

DC
DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Community Garden Program and Garden Map
DPR hosts over 30 community gardens in every ward.

Growing Food, Growing Communities
OSSE/DPR shared garden space program where people needing garden spaces can connect with gardens needing help like unused summer school gardens & home gardens and yards

Rooting DC 
Free, all-day urban gardening forum that provides education about urban agriculture and food systems, cultivates health and protection of the environment, and builds community.

Community of Gardens
Digital archive hosted by Smithsonian Gardens in partnership with our Archives of American Gardens

National Parks Service(NPS) Contact for NPS Gardens
Richard Moore, Permits Specialist.
richard_moorer@nps.gov

 

Greater DC (VA)

Arlington County Community Gardeners Program
The county currently has seven gardens managed on a daily basis by the individual associations

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV)
Organization of volunteers who maintain six demonstration gardens that illustrate the wide variety of plants that grow well in our area as well as overall garden care.

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc.
Nonprofit organization whose volunteers provide research-based horticultural information to home gardeners in Fairfax County, Virginia.

 

Greater DC (MD)

University of Maryland Extension Community Garden Program
Extensive list and information for Maryland County Community Gardens

Grow It Eat It: Maryland’s Food Gardening Network
Grow it! Eat it! campaign is a joint venture between The University of Maryland Master Gardener program and the Home and Garden Information Center- to encourage more food gardening in Maryland

A Community of Gardeners Documentary

 

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Education Gardens

Education gardens are spaces where children and/or adults can learn about urban gardening through hands on experience or structured workshops. Many of these gardens are operated by non-profits with scheduled volunteer times. Below our education gardens in DC organized by ward. Follow each link to learn how to get involved.

City Blossoms Girard St Children’s Garden

Ward 1

City Blossoms Girard St Children GardenGirard and 15th Street NW

Halo Green Garden (Howard U)2251 Sherman Ave NW

Ward 2

Brain Food Youth Garden755 8th St NW

Bread for the City Rooftop Garden NW1525 7th St NW

City Blossoms Marion St Intergenerational Garden1519 Marion St NW

GroW Community Garden (GWU)23rd St and H St NW Washington

Victory Garden at the National Museum of American History1300 Constitution Ave NW

Ward 3

UDC Green Roof4200 Connecticut Avenue NW

Ward 4
Laurel Academy Farm6808 Laurel Street NW

Ward 5

Arboretum (DPR) Intergenerational Youth Garden2412 Rand Place NE

Capital Area Food Bank Urban Demonstration Garden4900 Puerto Rico Avenue NE

Common Good City FarmV Street NW between 2nd and 4th Street NW

Langdon Youth & Community GardenFranklin & Mills Avenue NE

Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI)100 Gallatin St NE

Theodore Hagans Senior Garden3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE

Washington Youth Garden3501 New York Ave NE

Ward 6

DC Greens K St Farm111 K St NW

DOL Organic Garden at Blind Whino700 Delaware Ave SW

Ward 7

Bread for the City Rooftop Garden SE1640 Good Hope Road SE

Dreaming Out Loud Farm at Kelly Miller301 49th Street NE

WPP Marvin Gaye Greening CenterLowrie Pl and Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE

Ward 8

Fresh Food Factory Farm and Food Hub631 Howard Rd SE

THEARC Farm1901 Mississippi Ave SE

Education Garden Programs and Resources

DC Parks and Rec Partner Urban Farms
A partner urban farm is an urban agriculture site that is located on DPR property but is managed and programed by a DPR partner with the purpose of offering free garden programming, production farming to increase local food access, or both.

OSSE School Garden Program
Supports more than 100 school garden programs in DC through funding, partnerships and strategic support

Rooting DC 
Free, all-day urban gardening forum that provides education about urban agriculture and food systems, cultivates health and protection of the environment, and builds community.

UDC Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education
Research and education in urban agricultural

Washington Youth Garden

 

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Urban Farms

Urban Farms are production farms in the city. Some urban farms have volunteer and educational opportunities but most farms are primarily focused on producing as much produce as possible. They can be managed by for profits or non profits but all farms focus on increasing access to vegetables in the city through selling produce local at stores, farmer markets and CSAs. Click on each link below to learn what each farm offers and how to get involved.

Up Top Acres: Rooftop Farming for the Future

Ward 2

Old City Farm and Guild (plant nursery and urban farm)925 Rhode Island Ave NW

Ward 5
Bidwell Rooftop Farm (Union Market)1309 5th St NE

Cultivate the City – H St Farms910 Bladensburg Road NE

Little Wild Things – Indoor Farm1307 4th St NE

Little Wild Things – Outdoor Farm2131 Lincoln Rd NE

Locals (Indoor Vertical Farm)411 New York Ave NE

Three Part Harmony Farms3104 4th St NE

Ward 6

DC Greens K St Farm111 K St NW

Up Top Acres – The Farm at Oyamel – 401 7th St NW

Up Top Acres – The Farm at 1015 Half Street – 1015 Half Street

Up top Acres- The Farm at 55 M Street –  55 M St SE

Ward 7

DC Urban Greens Fort Dupont Urban Farm3779 Ely Pl SE

WPP Marvin Gaye Greening CenterLowrie Pl and Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE

Ward 8

Dreaming Out Loud Farm at Kelly Miller301 49th Street NE

Fort Stanton Urban Farm1812 Erie Street SE

THEARC Farm1901 Mississippi Ave SE

Union Temple Baptist Church Garden – 1225 W Street SE

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Urban Farm Programs and Resources

DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Partner Urban Farms

A partner urban farm is an urban agriculture site that is located on DPR property but is managed and programed by a DPR partner with the purpose of offering free garden programming, production farming to increase local food access, or both

DC Urban Farm and Food Security Act

This act promotes urban farming and food security in DC by establishing incentives to encourage the use of privately-owned land for urban farming and community gardens and creating programs to farm on public land

 

The Farm at Kelly Miller Community Design Meeting

 

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Places to Volunteer

Below are some highlighted urban Ag sites from above that are great places to volunteer to learn how to garden or to put your gardening skills to use.  This definitely isn’t a complete list of sites that offer volunteer opportunities but a good place to start.  If you know of any sites we missed please email josh@dugnetwork.org.

Ward 1

Common Good City Farm – 300 V St NW

City Blossoms Girard St Children GardenGirard and 15th Street NW

Halo Green Garden (Howard U)2251 Sherman Ave NW

Ward 2

Brain Food Youth Garden755 8th St NW

City Blossoms Marion St Intergenerational Garden1519 Marion St NW

GroW Community Garden (GWU)23rd St and H St NW Washington

Old City Farm and Guild (plant nursery and urban farm)925 Rhode Island Ave NW

Ward 5

Arboretum (DPR) Intergenerational Youth Garden2412 Rand Place NE

Capital Area Food Bank Urban Demonstration Garden4900 Puerto Rico Avenue NE

Cultivate the City – H St Farms910 Bladensburg Road NE

Three Part Harmony Farm – 3104 4th St NE

Washington Youth Garden3501 New York Ave NE

Ward 6

DOL Organic Garden at Blind Whino – 700 Delaware Ave SW

DC Greens K St Farm – 111 K St NW

Ward 7

DOL Farm at Kelly Miller – 301 49th Street NE

DC Urban Greens Fort Dupont Urban Farm3779 Ely Pl SE

Ward 8

THEARC Farm1901 Mississippi Ave SE

Fort Stanton Urban Farm1812 Erie Street SE

 

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Public Gardens

Professionally curated ornamental gardens for visiting and educational opportunities


The Old Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum

DC Gardens’ Gardens Map
DC Gardens has provided a map of the major institutionally-supported public gardens in the District region. These gardens tend to primarily be made up of ornamental and non-edible plants.

DC

Franciscan Monastery
1400 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Beautifully curated ornamental gardens with tours and vegetable garden volunteer opportunities

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019
Beautiful aquatic gardens and numerous events such as the annual Lotus and Lily Festivals

National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
446 acres of gardens, research, educational opportunities and the Washington Youth Garden

Smithsonian Gardens
600 Maryland Ave SW Washington, DC 20024
Numerous outdoor gardens, interiorscapes, and horticulture-related collections and exhibits integrated into the Smithsonian museum landscapes.

US Botanical Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001
A living plant museum divided into numerous ecosystems for different climates. Also includes self guided and guided tours, workshops, and research

Greater DC (MD)

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton MD 20902
50-acres of public beautiful display gardens inside and outside including two conservatories for year-round enjoyment and a horticultural reference library.

Greater DC (VA)

Green Springs Garden
4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312
Public garden with a wide variety of education opportunities 

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Public Garden Program and Resources

DC Gardens
DC Gardens is a nonprofit, multi-media and in-person campaign promoting DC-area public gardens to visitors and residents alike.

 

2013 Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Lotus & Waterlily Festival 

 

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Worthwhile Local Agriculture Projects Outside DC

Sometimes you have to leave DC to find worthwhile agriculture projects.  Below is a list of farms, urban farms and various agriculture sites that are unique to the area.

Arcadia Farms Programs: Mobile Market, Veterans Farm Training and School Fieldtrips

Maryland

Centro Ashe Farm
1590-1598 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD 20616
A medicinal plant sanctuary, homestead, and education center

Charm City Farms
1310 Hillman St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Education urban farm with a wide variety of unique workshops

Clagett Farm
11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Non-profit production farm, CSA and internships

Eco City Farms – Edmonston
4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, Maryland 20781
Production micro farm with workshops, CSA, farmers market and internships

Eco City Farms – Bladensburg
6100 Emerson Street, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Production micro farm with workshops, CSA, farmers market and internships

Forested
3707 Enterprise Rd, Bowie, MD 20721
10 acres Food Forest Garden with workshops, CSA and tours

Fox Haven Farm and Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755
Education farm with a wide variety of unique workshops

Moutoux Orchard
15290 Purcellville Road Purcellville VA 20132
Production farm that does a whole diet CSA that includes unpasteurized grass-based milk and yogurt

Muirkirk Research Farm and Bread for the City Orchard
12001 Old Baltimore Pike Road Beltsville, MD
UDC research farm and an Orchard growing for low income DC residents

Owl’s Nest Farm
2612 Ritchie Marlboro Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Certified Naturally Grown, woman-owned, production farm with CSA and DC farmers markets

Red Wiggler Community Farm
23400 Ridge Rd Germantown, Maryland
Red Wiggler is a sustainable farm where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food.

Up Top Acres – The Farm at Elm and Woodmont
4905 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814
Rooftop production farm

Up Top Acres – The Farm at Pike & Rose
11580 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Rooftop production farm

Working Over Thyme Online Seedling Sale Storefront
17023 River Airport Road Brandywine, MD
Certified Naturally Grown production farm that sells and delivers seedlings to DC

Virginia

Arcadia Farm
9000 Richmond Highway Alexandria, VA 22309
Non-profit production farm with education programs for students and veterans

Green Springs Garden
4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312
Public garden with a wide variety of education opportunities

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Farm Programs and Resources

Chesapeake CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training)
Chesapeake CRAFT brings together the community of new and aspiring farmers in Northern Virginia and Maryland for farm tours and potlucks throughout the growing season

Chesapeake Foodshed Network
Catalyzing connections and collaborations in support of a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Future Harvest CASA’s Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference
Annual conference for three days of local farm and food workshops, farm fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities

Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA)
Future Harvest CASA’s mission is to provide education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed

Humane DC
A DC resource for all the different ways (farmers markets, CSAs, home delivery, stores, restaurants) to get higher animal welfare meat, dairy and pet food from mid-Atlantic pasture raised farms

Maryland Grazers Network
Our farm manager, Michael Heller, spearheads the Maryland Grazers Network, which helps farmers transition from corn-fed to grass-fed livestock.

Maryland Fair Farms
Movement of Marylanders working together for a new food system — one that is fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them

Maryland Farm Link
Comprehensive list of farm resources and organizations and a weekly resource newsletter

Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the new Mountains-to-Bay Grazing Alliance is providing farmers with information, resources, and assistance to expand livestock grazing efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

National Young Farmers Coaltion
NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.

Farm jobs for persons with developmental disabilities at Red Wiggler Community Farm

 

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