This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy having no destination on my weekend walkabouts. I literally stumbled on this super cool organization building a new community garden. It has restored some of my faith in society after hearing about all the recent crime lately.
It is located on the grounds of the Gage Eckington Elementary school at 2025 3rd Street, NW.
As you can see from the title of the post, this organization is moving from 7th Street where they currently have a garden. I was able to speak with their director, Liz, who told me that they just signed the lease for this new plot a week ago. They are moving from 7th Street because Bread for the City will be expanding their building. There is a lot of good info on their Web site:
“The 7th Street Garden directly promotes food security, human and environmental health and strong communities by:
– The Green Tomorrows Program: A horticulture job training for low-income D.C. residents that can be applied to gardening, fresh food entrepreneurship, and urban sustainability fields.
– Garden Education Program: Teaching hands-on classes in urban food production, gardening, nutrition, pollination and food origin to adults and children.
– Marketing affordable produce through farmer’s markets.
– Nourishing disadvantaged D.C. residents through provision of shares of fresh produce.
– Collaborating with community organizations and hunger advocates addressing District residents’ needs.
– Holding events and activities in the garden for Shaw community members.”
Naturally, they’ll be getting a new name to represent their new location. If you’d like to volunteer be sure to check out their Web site. Lots more photos after the jump.