The K Street Farm
The K Street Farm was a ¾ acre demonstration farm in downtown Washington, DC used to educate community members about food access issues in our city and engage them as advocates for food justice. The farm was home to 5,000 square feet of growing space, honey bee hives, egg-laying chickens, a variety of fruit trees, and many perennial herbs and flowers.
The K Street Farm relied on our Farm Director, Farm staff, and many dedicated volunteers to maintain production using organic practices. Produce grown at the farm was distributed through the following channels:
School Garden Markets: our produce supplied a network of student-run farm stands at schools around the city
Produce Rx: K Street Farm produce was used in nutrition lessons and seasonal recipe demonstrations led by SNAP-Ed Educators for participants in our Produce Prescription Program
Produce membership: geared toward food insecure households, weekly subscribers received an abundant supply of produce throughout the season
General Donations: when our other programs have been served we donated all remaining produce to the following partners - Unity Healthcare Walker Jones Clinic, Martha’s Table, and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Used as a gathering space for stakeholders in local and national food systems work the K Street Farm supports:
Teacher Trainings: the farm was a professional development training site for DC Greens’ network of school garden educators from all eight wards of the city
DC Farm to School stakeholder meetings: brought together farmers, school administrators, educators, and businesses to strengthen collaboration across sectors
DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation Urban Agriculture Certificate Course: hosted a series of workshops designed to educate DC residents on all things urban agriculture
Volunteers on the Farm
The K Street Farm hosted volunteers at the farm from March to October each season. Our open volunteering hours for individual volunteers were on Thursday evenings from 5-7 PM.
Group Experiences on the Farm
We offered volunteer groups a fee-based educational team building program on the K Street Farm between 9am - 1pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. This dynamic group experience provided participants with hands-on urban farm work, group team building, and a deeper understanding of food justice in DC.