Urban Gardening Bike Tour

date Saturday, 29 September 2012 time 10 a.m.

👤 Eliza Barclay 🏢 The Farm at Walker Jones


From Detroit to Cleveland to Brooklyn, a wave of new urban initiatives is transforming vacant urban land into productive community resources. In Chicago there’s even new evidence that urban farms can be a tool for violence prevention.

But how does DC stack up? This class will try to answer that question by visiting a handful of urban gardens in Northwest. We will discuss a bit of DC’s history — how and where have people grown food here since the city’s inception — and look at the contemporary urban gardening movement from a land use and food security perspective. We’ll also perhaps check out a couple of sites for potential farms/gardens in the future, and discuss how large vacant spaces in the city might be re-purposed for food production.

The bike tour will begin at The Farm at Walker Jones at 1125 New Jersey Ave NW, and we’ll continue westward from there. Other stops may include the Common Good City Farm, Wangari Gardens and the Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Care Clinic garden.

Students will need a bicycle, and will need to be reasonably comfortable riding in city traffic. Almost any sort of bike will do (there are two Bikeshare stations within two blocks of The Farm if needed). Students will be responsible for their own safety and for obeying traffic controls. The ride involves some hills, but we will regroup frequently, and we won’t leave anyone behind. Bring snacks and water if you so desire.


The Farm at Walker Jones
111 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: Shaw
The farm is also known as the K Street Farm

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