Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Muirkirk Farm Donates to Food-a-thon; CAUSES TV: Urban Food Production

In celebration of Thanksgiving, UDC-CAUSES donated freshly grown produce to NBC Washington's Food 4 Families campaign, which seeks to feed as many people as possible during the Thanksgiving holiday season. CAUSES donated kale, collards, spinach and other nutritious vegetables grown at the UDC Research Farm. 

110 pounds of freshly picked kale and collards were transported from the farm to the Verizon Center, where Urban Agriculture Director, Che' Axum, and Associate Dean of Programs, William Hare, were interviewed on live television by NBC Washington's anchor, Pat Lawson Muse, during NBC 4's food-a-thon. Che and his crew then delivered the vegetables to the Boys and Girls Clubs on Benning Road. See behind the scene photos of the donation and interview on our Facebook page!

Food donation campaigns usually receive processed and pre-packaged goods, that go a long way toward helping those in need, are lacking in nutrition. Kale is loaded with vitamins as well as calcium, iron and antioxidants. As a matter of fact, one cup of kale is all it takes to meet your daily requirement of vitamins A, C and K. It's also good for your heart and eyes!

The greens were harvested by several volunteers, who were more than happy to spend their Sunday morning in the cold for a good cause. Thanks to everyone who came out!

On a related note, the Urban Food Production of CAUSES TV is now available. Dr. Sabine O'Hara is joined by Che' Axum, director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, is joined by CAUSES environmental science major, Jake Simms. Fun fact: Jake installed an aquaponics system...in his Washington, D.C. apartment! 


  1. So are we welcome to harvest as well as purchase?

  2. Dr. Curtis, this particular harvest is strictly for the food-a-thon donation, but contact mchezaji.axum@udc.edu for more information regarding Muirkirk Farm crops.