Food Access

Produce Plus Program
The Produce Plus Program is a farmers market nutrition incentive program designed to connect DC residents with healthy food. Through the program, DC residents who receive: Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, TANF, SSI Disability, or Senior Grocery Plus can visit any of the District’s 55 farmers markets and automatically get $10 twice per week to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables on a first come, first served basis. Follow the links to learn more about being a Produce Plus vendor or volunteer. Contact Lillie Rosen for more information.

Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program
In 2012, we launched a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program in collaboration with Unity Health Care and Wholesome Wave. Since then, more than 650 at-risk DC residents have received prescriptions from their doctors for free farmers’ market produce. These prescriptions can be filled at participating “farmacies,” expanding access to affordable nutrition. With close tracking on both the health center and market side, the Prescription Program provides essential data on the value of nutrition-based health interventions. Take a look at what participants learn throughout the season: check out our seasonal ingredient one-pagers in English and Spanish. To learn more about the program model and results to date, take a look at our FVRx Program One-Pager. Contact Lillie Rosen for more information.

Outreach
As a co-convener of the DC Farmers’ Market Collaborative with D.C. Hunger Solutions, DC Greens carries out direct outreach to District residents to spread the word about farmers’ market nutrition incentive programs, Produce Plus, and community food resources citywide.  Explore our farmers’ market brochures and community food maps. Contact Dominique Hazzard for more information.

K Street Farm
Our ¾ acre farm located adjacent to the Walker Jones Education Campus (see map for location), is home to 5,000 square feet of growing space, two honey bee hives, four egg-laying chickens, a variety of fruits trees, and many perennial herbs and flowers. There,we run a 37-week Farmer Trainee program that employs two trainees who are interested in expanding their knowledge of growing food in an immersive setting. Under the guidance of our Farm Director, the Trainees grow, harvest, and package all produce for the School Garden Markets program. The Farm is also a professional development training site for our network of school garden coordinators from all eight wards of the city.