WAMU asks: Are Mobile Urban Farms A Good Use Of Space In D.C.?
The article, which was authored by Vera Carothers, begins:
An abandoned island of grass and dirt sloping between Capitol Heights Metro station and busy East Capitol Street is getting new life this fall.
Far from a flashy new development, the site will soon be home to D.C.’s largest urban farm, covering 3 acres near the Maryland border. The project is headed by the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and backed by a diverse coalition of a dozen or so groups ranging from unlikely ally Walmart to local non-profits to the federal family through the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.
Why build such a large farm in the middle of a rapidly developing neighborhood? UDC and its partners aim to help solve the food desert problem in this Ward 7 area east of the Anacostia River.