Yes! We’re taking sign ups for the 2015 CSA

photo by Anu Yadav

photo by Anu Yadav

Join us for the 2015 season!

There are a variety of ways to sign up to receive produce, flowers, seedlings, and other fresh, local farm items from Three Part Harmony Farm and Community Farming Alliance, the producer co-op we belong to.

Please fill out the application to sign up with Three Part Harmony Farm, sign up directly with Little Red Bird Botanicals for a medicinal herb CSA, or click here to buy our multi-farm CSA package.

Contact us with questions!

For more information about CSAs click here.

Vegetable CSA: what to expect.

Community Farming Alliance is a cooperative of farmers of color and women farmers in the DC area. Here are our members:

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A Farm Grows in Brookland

written by Kimberly Burge | published in the March 2015 issue of Sojourners

ON A TWO-ACRE parcel of land in Washington, D.C., tucked behind the provincial house of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Gail Taylor offers a visitor dragon’s lingerie.

Photo by Rick Reinhard

Photo by Rick Reinhard

“It kind of looks like fishnet stockings—that’s how it got the name,” Taylor says, holding up the heirloom snap bean, its pale yellow-green hull mottled with purple.

Across the aisle, Jack Be Little miniature pumpkins hide under leafy canopies. There are tomatoes and mustard greens, eggplant and legumes, lettuce and squash. “We’re doing a lot of intercropping and companion planting now,” Taylor says. So asparagus lies next to parsley, both behind a bed of raspberry bushes. Flowers also abound, with bursts of hot pink blossoms and purple clover that beautify the landscape while attracting pollinators.

For nearly 100 years this area, owned by the Oblates, a Catholic religious order, was only a grass field, a place where the priests would sometimes play soccer. In 2011, Taylor approached an Oblate priest and requested use of the land. “They were amenable and excited,” Taylor says. “They’re ecologically forward thinking, and they lead the Catholics in creation care.”

The space has become a location for Three Part Harmony Farm, the urban agricultural project Taylor established in D.C. She hopes it will become the first commercial farm in the District of Columbia since 1939, producing locally grown food to be sold in stores and farmers’ markets. First, there are some hurdles that the 36-year-old farmer must clear. Continue reading

DC has a Farm Bill (not very many cities can say that about themselves)!

Drumrolll please… it’s official! We now live in a city with a comprehensive and progressive farm bill. That means no less than 25 city owned lots will become farms, private land owners can apply for a 90% property tax abatement when they lease their vacant lot to farmers, and those of us who already generously donate healthy, fresh produce to district food pantries and soup kitchens can now apply for a tax credit. We went from following in the footsteps to paving a new path- kudos and gratitude to everyone on the city council!

Community Farming Alliance (CFA) at the DC Solidarity Economy Summit

DC Solidarity Economy SummitIn DC and around the world, seeds are being planted for a new kind of economy — one that is rooted in the values of democracy, justice, cooperation, self-determination, and sustainability. At its core, this movement is about democratizing the ownership of the means of production, so more people have control over their lives and communities. In December 2014, members of the Community Farming Alliance (CFA); vegetable farmer Gail Taylor of Three Part Harmony Farm, Zachari Curtis of Good Sense Farm & Apiary, and herbalist Holly Poole-Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals, joined the DC Solidarity Economy Summit at the Impact Hub DC, to learn about solidarity economy models from around the world, the role of emergence and power in our movements, and to explore what we can do together to transform our economy in DC.

Three Part Harmony Farm participated in the DC Solidarity Economy Summit. For more photos, visit Flickr.com/photos/threepartharmonyfarm/

To view a video of the Community Farming Alliance introduction at the summit, visit Vimeo.com/114382486

 

Warm heart, cold nose


Photo by Practice Of Creation Studios

What an incredible season!

I know life is really cyclical and not linear. But it still surprises me to realize that while this month marks the end of the farm season, this moment is very much the beginning.

It was really the blessing at our Farm Fall Festival that got me thinking about this moment as the beginning instead of the end. We broke ground in Brookland in 2012, but last month was the first time we had ever done a ritual ceremony grounding us in place.

It makes sense: it took this long to nurture the soil back to a healthy condition so that it is ALIVE. Next season will be the first really productive one we’ll have. With the imminent passage of the Urban Farm and Food Security Act, we are also at the edge of a new era in terms of our lease agreement. Just like the Washington Post article said, we have a “Plot to Plant”!

Another beginning is just around the corner, and it gets birthed from the rich, composted remains of last year’s growth.

Thanks to everyone who made this year so fantastic!

The 2nd annual garlic planting and Fall Farm Festival was way beyond what I thought could be possible. The food lovingly prepared by Tambra Raye Stevenson of NativSol Kitchen was out of this world! She nourished our bodies and souls. It was an honor to have music by Violet Marley. And the blessing led by Dele and Shango set the tone.


We finished a 27-week harvest season just in time for the below freezing temps! I’m overjoyed at how great the season was and I give many many thanks to all of the Friends of the Farm for your financial contributions. It was a great partnership! Thanks for sharing the journey. Many thanks to FICA DC for being such gracious hosts. Special thanks to Jake, Nico, Emil and Fabio! [you know what you did]


Our Food Day collaboration with Pansaari was a huge success! Owner Rano Singh adjusted her Indian recipes and substituted in-season, local vegetables. The flexibility to use what’s fresh and best instead of what the recipe calls for makes her a true locavore! Thank you for supporting local farmers Rano!

Urban Ag and DC Food Security Bill

Join us in September to push for the passage of this historic piece of legislation

Support the DC Food Security Act of 2014When DC City Council Member David Grosso introduced the DC Food Security Act of 2014, it built upon the legacy of the urban farming act of 1986 and the DC Healthy Schools Act of 2010.This bill takes it a step further by opening up more public and private land to grow healthy food. Its passage is extremely significant to the future success of Three Part Harmony Farm. We’ve been building the soil and productivity on our city plots for the last 3 years but we need these policy changes to take the next step to really grow (in so many different ways!)

Please get involved in this brief grassroots effort to make sure the City Council knows how important this issue is to us.

Contact the Chairman and folks on the Finance and Revenue Committee. They are currently in the mark up phase of the bill.

Please feel free to use these points as a guide:

“Hi, My Name is:
I live in Ward:
I’m calling/ emailing to let you know that the D.C. Urban Agriculture and Food Security Act of 2014 is an important piece of legislation for our city and that I hope it will get passed soon.

• The Act encourages private, District landowners to lease their land for agricultural purposes and encourages urban farming on unused city owned land in response to problems of blighted property.

• The Act responds to the District’s continued struggle to address chronic hunger amongst residents with a local solution: encouraging urban farmers to donate a portion of their produce to District-based food banks and shelters.

• The Act enables urban farmers to sell their produce both on and off the leased land, bringing easy, fresh food access to neighborhoods across the city, including those currently identified as food deserts.

Thank you!”

Chairman Phil Mendelson:
(202) 724-8032, pmendelson@dccouncil.us

Jack Evans:
(202) 724-8058, jackevans@dccouncil.us

Muriel Bowser:
mbowser@dccouncil.us, (202) 724-8052

Marion Barry:
(202) 724-8045, mbarry@dccouncil.us

David Catania
(202) 724-7772, dcatania@dccouncil.us

Thank Grosso and Cheh for their leadership, and the other supporters of the bill as well:

David Grosso:
(202) 724-8105, dgrosso@dccouncil.us

Mary Cheh:
(202) 724-8062, mcheh@dccouncil.us

Jim Graham:
(202) 724-8181, jgraham@dccouncil.us

Kenyan McDuffie:
(202) 724-8028, kmcduffie@dccouncil.us

Tommy Wells:
(202) 724-8072, twells@dccouncil.us

Join us for a fundraisier on Thursday, May 15th

Join Three Part Harmony farm and Zenful Bites Thursday, May 15 from 6-9pm at Impact Hub DC (419 7th St NW) as we celebrate Ahri Burton, as he prepares to attend a plant-based culinary school in order to gather the tools and resources necessary to bring healing and justice to his community’s food system.

ACCESS 23 is named in recognition of the 23.5 million people in the US living in food deserts, lacking access to healthy foods within their community.

Food will be provided by several local eco-companies including Zenful Bites and Livity Drink Co. Produce for the event has been generously donated by Three Part Harmony Farm.

To purchase tickets, please visit here.

To read Ahri’s story and see his fundraising page, see here: http://www.gofundme.com/A-Healthy-Investment

Three Part Harmony Farm Logo

Three Part Harmony Farm LogoThe Three Part Harmony (3PH) Farm butterfly logo is an artist’s (Kirstin Voss) interpretation of our farm community as a migratory being.

The most well-known of the migratory butterflies, the Monarch, makes an epic journey each year between Mexico and the United States, on the North American continent. The butterflies, and then their children, follow a route that is linked to the basic needs of every live being: food, shelter, and warmth.

Favianna Rodriguez, artist and co-founder of the migrationisbeautiful project explains their use of the Monarch Butterfly to support justice for migrants: “To me, the monarch butterfly represents the dignity and resilience of migrants, and the right that all living beings have to move freely.”

Migration is part of 3PH founder Gail Taylor’s agricultural history. “I didn’t grow up with family members who farmed. My grandfather was part of the Great Migration, a time in which more than 6 million Blacks left the rural south in search of a better life and a more dignified source of employment in the industrial north. He left the cotton fields of Mississippi for the railroad yards of Illinois, and he discouraged his children from toiling in the fields for the benefit of others as he had. Young Black farmers of my generation who don’t grow up in farming families must make an intentional decision to come back to the land. We are the Return Generation, smaller in number but equally determined to find dignity in our search for nourishing food while at the same time being able to pay for the roof over our heads.”

The Monarch Butterfly is not only a symbol of migration. People play a role in the species’ survival by helping to feed, nurture, and offer respite along their journey. We extend hospitality at our farm by choosing plants that attract butterflies, pollinators, and a wide variety of beings that make up a healthy ecosystem. We also facilitate a place where human beings are nurtured. Garden tasks are a vehicle to still your mind and eventually be at peace. We, the people of the Three Part Harmony Farm community, are like the Monarch Butterfly and the farm itself is like a field of milkweed. As travelers on a journey, we are drawn to the farm’s food, shelter, and warmth and renewed by the companionship of the other butterflies who are on the same path. Here there are no borders, no nations, just flowers.

Getting Ready!

The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner! You wouldn’t believe that by looking at the snow on the ground, but we do have some incredibly beautiful, sunny days that offer blue sky longer into the evening. Last week we began the process of cleaning out the greenhouse, sanitizing the trays, and testing the new germination shed so that we can begin seeding the earliest of the 2014 crops. It’s easier and cheaper to “recycle” the plastic trays from one year to the next, but we don’t take lightly our commitment to use as little oil as possible and that includes re-using anything plastic. We sanitize them in vinegar to take out any soil borne diseases they may have picked up last year. It’s tedious but it’s also one of the important small things we can do to demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability.

We’re happy to offer healthy seedlings to the local gardening community again. Collaborating for the second year with Good Sense Farm & Apiary, we’ll produce several thousand seedlings from our tiny little greenhouse and offer them at two special sales. As we get closer to March, we’ll post information about how and where to purchase from us. We know how hard it can be to source good transplants that thrive when you get them home, which is why we started growing our own. Now we plant extra for those who want the same quality and who want to purchase special varieties that are not found at big box stores. That’s the local touch!