Capital Area Food Bank's Urban Demonstration Garden

The Urban Demonstration Garden is more than a neighborhood plot where people can grow food for their household—it’s a community space that brings together 135 CAFB staff members, hundreds of volunteers and neighbors, hundreds of partner nonprofits, and donors to end hunger. By getting their hands in the dirt, they are connected to the world of fresh produce—did you know that 1/3 of the 45 million pounds of food distributed by the CAFB is fresh fruits and veggies? Responsible environmental and social practices Environmental: Organic methods, composting, native pollinator beds, rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, succession planting, Urban Food Studio constructed by US Green Building Council. Social: We have regular volunteers with developmental disabilities. We welcome volunteers of all ages from babies to seniors. We host school and religious groups, as well as corporate service days. We welcome volunteers with court ordered service. No matter who they are or where they come from, people love the UDG. High quality products and services The garden produces more than a thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables every year, which is used in cooking demonstrations, classes and samplings at the Capital Area Food Bank. Our job at the UDG is to produce delicious, nutritious fruits and vegetables to inspire the partner non-profits who get food from the CAFB to want to eat—and offer to neighbors where they work-- healthier food. Positive economic impact One goal of the UDG is to demonstrate economical ways to grow your own food. By using recycled materials, starting everything by seed, and implementing best management practices, we teach people how to eat well for cheap. 

Marion Street Garden

Marion Street Garden, is a member of the City Blossoms organization which is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources. City Blossoms provides bilingual, free, and affordable after-school, in-school, and summer programming to predominantly Latino and African-American youth ranging from ages two through teens. They serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space. Since 2009, City Blossoms has worked on over 50 sites nationwide. Marion Street Garden, located in Shaw is a community garden plot located between row houses and boasts a variety of herbs, figs, leafy greens, flowers, tomatoes, squash, peppers, hot peppers, root veggies, fennel, peas, carrots and eggplant. The garden is tended by employees, volunteers, neighbors, and students and anyone seeking produce is welcome to take some at no charge. 

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UDC East Capitol Community Garden

The level of services, education and engagement that the garden is providing for the community in Ward 7, one of the food desert areas in DC. The garden engaged more than 50 community members as garden plot owners, more than 250 people in various classes from food production to preparation and distribution. The garden is also provide composting training as well as green infrastructure trainings and engaged schools around the sites. Faith based organization are working on the site as volunteers to improve the quality of the garden and more than 5 DC agencies and 3 federal departments provided funding and resources to the project. All of these make the UDC East Capitol community garden unique and special in DC.