Since 2008, OLD CITY green has operated as an urban garden retail center at 9th & N St. NW-we were known as a garden oasis in an urban environment, – a beautiful place to find a wide variety of plants and supplies, great gardening advice, and fun, interesting events. We have been called the “green beating heart of the Shaw community”. This year, OLD CITY green has undergone a transformation, metamorphosing from our small triple-bottom-line business model to a non-profit called Old City Farm and Guild. We are located in front of the Shaw Jr. High building at 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW, which is not currently in use. We hope that this creative use of space will be a model to inspire more green community centers around the city.
The main goal for our space use at this center is: To operate Old City Farm and Guild, a non-profit, as a green space that provides educational programming and facilitates community activities surrounding gardening, nutrition, and environmental education. We also want to be the hub for other green organizations to cross-pollinate. Our mission statement is “Bringing people and plants together by co-creating a space for gardeners, artists, students, and neighbors in order to cultivate a green community for all.”
We plan to sell plants, soil, and other gardening supplies in order to support the cost of running these programs. We have already received our first grant which will benefit DCPS students. We will also continue to provide a CSA program for our neighbors, and organic vegetables and fruits for public gardens and area organizations.
Since 2008 our mission has been:
To invite nature back into the city by supporting local landscapers with
market value product and by providing the Shaw community and D.C. at large
with plants, garden supplies, training and opportunities to increase
awareness of and appreciation for “our urban garden”.
We seek to practice “social permaculture”; providing a supportive environment for our employees, neighbors and surrounding community to learn about, expand on, and enjoy a sustainable, beautiful, green lifestyle in an urban environment. We strive to make these beliefs accessible to all of our neighbors, whether it is through purchasing and learning about plants, attending free workshops, coming to a field trip, event, or party in the garden, or just enjoying local music in a beautiful, nature filled space while walking by.