DPR Communal Farms are urban Ag sites that are organized as communal production farms, managed by DPR staff and community volunteers, with the purpose of providing various ways for community members to receive free food, volunteer, and participate in hands on educational opportunities. Communal farms can produce more food than community gardens but are more communal than partner urban farms. Additional traits are listed below
- Managed by DPR staff as production farms.
- Community members can come during open farm hours, hosted by DPR staff and/or trained community leaders, to either volunteer, learn about farming, or harvest food.
- There will be weekly produce giveaways for community members and local food pantries as well as community events throughout the year.
***In the 2022 growing season DPR Communal Farms grew and gave away 10K pounds of produce to communities in need***
Communal Farm Open Hours and Weekly Veggie Giveaways
Farm Open Hours are times where anyone can visit the farm to volunteer, learn, and self-harvest
Farm Open Hours occur between March to December
Weekly Veggie Giveways are times when produce is harvested and ready for a quick pickup
Weekly Veggie Giveaways occur between May to December
For exact dates when open hours and giveaways start at each farm each year
email [email protected]
Farm Open Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9:30-1pm
Weekly Veggie Giveaways: Wednesday 11-12pm
4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE (Ward 7)
Street parking on Nannie Helen Burroughs next to farm
Check out the video of all the work we did this Spring to Revamp Lederer Gardens
Edgewood Rooftop Farm
Farm Open Hours: Tuesdays 9:30-1pm, Saturdays 9-11am
Weekly Veggie Givewaways: Tuesday 11-12pm
300 Evarts St NE (Ward 5)
Street parking along Evarts st (South side) and Franklin st NE (North Side) Find stairs inside park that lead to farm. Don’t need to go inside Rec center.
Check out this video about the Edgewood Rooftop Farm
Powell Communal Farm
Farm Open Hours: Thursdays 9:30-1pm, Saturdays 11-1pm
Weekly Veggie Giveaways: Thursdays 11-12pm
3149 16th St NW (Ward 1)
In park between tennis courts and Church - Parking lot now open
Check out photos of the farm being built in Spring 2022
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Partner Urban Farms
A DPR Partner Urban Farm is an urban agriculture site that is located on DPR property but is managed and programed by a DPR partner. These partners are all 501c3 organizations that focus on offering gardening and nutrition programs while increasing access to healthy and affordable food to DC communities. These sites are designed to be more production style farms than community gardens with personal plots, but are great places to volunteer to learn more about urban agriculture.
If you’re interested in volunteering or want to inquire about programs please review the list below.
- Girard Street Gardens | Girard and 15th Street, NW |
[email protected] | cityblossoms.org
- Common Good City Farm | V Street, NW between 2nd & 4th Street, NW |
[email protected] | commongoodcityfarm.org
- Marvin Gaye Greening Center | Lowrie Place and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE |
[email protected] | www.washingtonparks.net
- Fort Dupont Urban Farm | 3779 Ely Place, SE |
[email protected] | www.dcurbangreens.org
- Kelly Miller Farm | 4900 Brooks Street, NE |
[email protected] | dreamingoutloud.org
- Fort Stanton Urban Farm | 1812 Erie Street, SE |
[email protected] | dreamingoutloud.org
- The Well at Oxon Run | 300 Valley Avenue SE
[email protected] | www.dcgreens.org
To learn more about DPR communal farms and the partner urban farm program or if you’re a 501c3 non profit wishing to inquire about establishing a new urban partner farm on a DPR site please contact [email protected]
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