Building Capacity for Food Ownership

"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books . . ." - Dr. George Washington Carver

Urban Agriculture Education 

THEARC Farm and Bridge Park Plots seek to train plot farmers, gardeners, and East of the River residents who are interested in urban growing. Through a  series of educational workshops, training clinics, and teaching programs we train residents in the science of agronomy and applied practice of agriculture using the train-the-trainer model. By increasing the capacity of local food production that sustains urban food hubs we also generate interest and innovation in food production, distribution and waste reduction within the entire food ecosystem. Our Spring Urban Agriculture Workshop Series will begin in March 2019 and our Permaculture Design Course will be offered in February. Check back for sign up information.


Incubator Kitchens

The BBAR Food Web seeks to increase healthy prepared food options East of the Anacostia River by developing rental kitchens for product incubation, product acceleration, business development training, and access to other wrap around services necessary for success e.g. legal aid, packaging, label printing, and distribution.

Creating a Shared Kitchen




Training Resources 

Sustainable urban agriculture practices can increase with systematic crop rotation and other applicable training tools and guidelines. Below please find our educational facts sheets and supplemental tools that can be used to increase awareness and subject matter expertise.

“From slavery to world-famous scientist! Dr. George Washington Carver, the brilliant botanist who struggled to get an education in the Jim Crow era. Childhood illness led Carver to a lifelong interest in plants. That hobby blossomed into a career as a scientist and an educator. To help farmers keep their soil healthy, Carver traveled throughout the South teaching the importance of crop rotation. He advised planters to alternate their usual crop with peanuts, which returns the essential plant nutrient nitrogen to the earth. To boost the market for peanuts, Carver developed hundreds of peanut-based inventions.”

Fact Sheets

Plant PropagationBiointensive Spacing Diagram

Double Digging   Pollinator & Pollination

Bird Control     Seedling Transplanting Guide

Herb Preservation Great Tree’s for DC

Agroecology     Seed Saving

Season Extension   Companion Planting

Watering Your GardenSpacing and Maturation Rate Table

Research Summaries

Biointensive SpacingBees in Urban Agriculture

Benefits of Tree LeavesMedicinal Plants 

Training Videos

Plant Propagation