Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Coming Soon: East Capitol Urban Farm
CAUSES is collaborating with the District of Columbia Housing Authority and other partners to operate an urban farm and aquaponics facility on a site across the street from the Capitol Heights Metro Station. Located in Ward 7 at 5959 East Capitol Street, SE, the 3-acre site will promote urban agriculture, improve food access and nutrition through community-centered farmers markets, provide job skills and entrepreneurship training, implement stormwater management best practices, and establish a nature playscape for neighborhood youth to play outdoors.
There will also be educational components for local schools, residents and UDC students. The final site will include aquaponics, hoop and greenhouses, pollinator and raingardens, green infrastructure and farmers market.
You know what they say, it takes a village. Other partners include DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, American Forests and Urban Waters. Another partner, the DC Building Industry Association, selected the project for its Annual Community Improvement Day, which will be held on Saturday, September 26.
Stay tuned for details! For more information on the project or to learn how to get involved, contact Dr. Dwane Jones of the Center from Sustainable.
Posted by Leslie R. Malone at 2:53 PM