The Bridge Park Plots are a network of farms and gardens surrounding the future 11th Street Bridge Park. The project started after 1000+ meetings with community residents who repeatedly expressed the desire for urban agriculture and inclusive green spaces to accompany the Bridge construction. Starting in Spring of 2016 each site was built in partnership with a faith community, early childhood learning center or public housing community at the request of community leadership. The creation and sustained engagement with these farms and gardens is just one example of the community-based work outlined in the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan!
Bridge Park Plots
Ujima Urban Farm, EST. Spring 2016 | Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W St SE, Washington, DC | The UT Ujima Urban Farm is a hands-on opportunity for Union Temple members and the surrounding community to learn the art and science of urban agriculture. Ujima is a Swahili word meaning communalism, a reflection of the Afro-centric values and grounding of Union Temple’s ministry.
NCC Baby Bloomers’ Farm & Orchard, EST. Summer 2017 | The National Children’s Center, 3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC | National Children’s Center, Inc. (NCC) is a 501©3 non-profit organization that is one of the region’s largest non-governmental providers of services for the developmentally disabled, offering an array of services to infants, children and adults in the Washington metropolitan area. Their ward 8 site being primarily an Early Learning Center, is home to our second largest plot in the Bridge Park network with 65 beds and 14 fruit trees.
Hopkins Garden & Orchard, EST. Spring 2018 | Hopkins Housing Complex, 1430 L St SE, Washington, DC | This is our newest Bridge Park Plot and the third largest with 40 beds and 20 fruit trees. Currently, Hopkins Garden has a Little Library available for residents to sit and read and will also be the site of our largest bee and butterfly garden in 2020!
Garden of Grace, EST. Spring 2016 | Bethel Christian Fellowship, 2220 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC | This site is a charming garden plot and our smallest with only 11 beds. Garden of Grace provides an otherwise rare opportunity for the children who attend the early learning center at Bethel to learn about plants and where food comes from. In addition, the gardeners at BCF share their produce with the congregation and hosts garden-related opportunities for the surrounding community.
Garden of Eden, EST. Summer 2017 | Allen Chapel AME Church, 2498 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC | This site is comprised of nine raised beds (soon to be 15 raised beds!) and 14 fruit trees. The Garden of Eden, its name inspired by the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, strives to embody paradise as described in the Bible. The gardeners of Eden grow flowers, fruits and vegetables, but focus more on growing herbs and medicinal plants both to provide seasonings to go along with the food shared through Allen Chapel Food Pantry, and in an effort to provide herbal products to support healing from common conditions plaguing the surrounding community.