The K Street Farm
The K Street Farm is a ¾ acre demonstration farm in downtown Washington, DC (see map for location) used to educate community members about food access issues in our city and engage them as advocates for food justice. The farm is 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 St. Farm relies on our Farm Director, Farm staff, and many dedicated volunteers to maintain production using organic practices. Produce grown at the farm is distributed through the following channels:
School Garden Markets: our produce supplies a network of student-run farm stands at schools around the city
Produce Rx: K St. Farm produce is 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 receive an abundant supply of produce throughout the season
Restaurants: we partner with Rose’s Luxury, Pineapple & Pearls, and The Dabney, providing fresh herbs and flowers for dishes and decor.
General Donations: when our other programs have been served we donate 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 St. Farm supports:
Teacher Trainings: the farm is a professional development training site for DC Greens’ network of school garden educators from all eight wards of the city
Farm to School: Stakeholder meetings, bringing together farmers, school administrators, educators, and businesses to strengthen collaboration across sectors
DC Department of Parks and Recreation Urban Garden Education program, a series of workshops designed to educate DC residents on all things urban agriculture.
Volunteer on the Farm
The K Street Farm hosts volunteers at the farm from April to October each season. Our open volunteering hours for individual volunteers are Thursdays from 5-7 PM. Sign-up for a shift and come ready to jump in and get dirty working on a variety of farm tasks!
No previous experience is necessary, but volunteers should be prepared to spend extended periods of time outdoors and tasks may include bending and lifting 10-25 lbs at a time.
Group Experiences on the Farm
We offer groups a fee-based educational team building program on the K Street Farm during weekday hours. This dynamic group experience provides participants with hands-on urban farm work, group team building, and a deeper understanding of food justice in DC. Contact Mary Alice if you’re interested in learning more.