THEARC Farm, EST. 2010 | 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC
THEARC Farm began modestly in 2010, when THEARC created an 40×60 sq. ft. organic garden alongside Oxon Creek. The garden’s goal was to encourage healthy nutrition in the community. Staff and volunteers built eleven raised beds in that first year. Kale, chard, lettuces, garlic, tomatoes, mint and basil were just a few of the fruits and vegetables planted that first season. Within five years, THEARC Farm expanded to include 22 raised beds, an 18-tree orchard, a season-extending hoop house, three community compost bins, four in-ground rows, medicinal & culinary herb gardens and a bee hive!
Ten years on, the small garden has fully evolved into an urban Farm – the largest of its kind east of the river. The raised beds have given way to a second hoop house; the number of in-ground rows has quadrupled; the orchard has nearly doubled in size, its fruit trees pollinated by bees from not just one, but three honey-producing hives.
Where does it all go? The vegetables, fruits and herbs return to residents of Wards 7 & 8 through our CSA Farmshare program and our partnership with the DC Central Kitchen Café, located on the THEARC campus. Over 120 East of the River residents now participate in our growing CSA, learn more about C.R.I.S.P membership.