Video: this community puts me in the mood to be thankful!

We’ve worked hard, now it’s time to enjoy.

The end of November is the time of year when the plants, animals, insects and people of our farm all get a break! The downtime usually prompts me to get misty-eyed and remember everything that went into making the season a success.

I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone who supported the farm over the last few years. This year has been successful really because of the cumulative effect of all of the work that has gone into building the farm since 2012.

Our 2015 fall festival showcased this idea, when so many amazing folks came out to create the first farm art project, a mural designed and coordinated by Caryl Henry Alexander. Click here to watch the video!

So thanks! To all of you. And congratulations, to all of us.

Can’t wait till next year!

I hope you all enjoy time with friends and family this week.


P.S. Please share the video with your friends and post it on facebook and twitter to introduce others to Three Part Harmony Farm. Thank you!



Fall is Fabulous!

watermelon radishes

Watermelon Radishes – Photo by Shango Meru Kani

How can we complain when it is still sunny and beautiful? Supposedly we’re counting down the days to our first frost but don’t tell that to the sunflowers I picked yesterday.

At the farm there are 5 different kinds of radishes right now (including the watermelon radish photographed by Shango above) and 2 different kinds of turnips. I am already thinking about hoarding these roots in my vegetable bin so that I can roast them when the cold weather comes, and remember the feeling of the soil between my fingers.

We just passed Dia de los Muertos, also known as All Saints’ Day for some. I spent a lot of time this past weekend in reflection, remembering the ancestors who have come before. I recommend spending some time outdoors with your face turned up to the sun, eyes closed, listening to the sounds of nature and recalling all of the beautiful lessons and memories we carry with us, keeping those spirits alive. If you can, plant something in  their honor.

We only have 2 more weeks left in our regular harvest season. As we wind down the field work, it opens up space for us to make connections with farmers from other countries and think about the bigger picture aspects of organizing a farmer co-op.


Nov.10: Oscar Gutiérrez to Address Struggles of Colombian Farmers

“It’s Our Turn Now”: Colombia’s Agricultural Movement Is The Biggest in the Country's History

“It’s Our Turn Now”: Colombia’s Agricultural Movement Is The Biggest in the Country’s History

Join us for a presentation about Colombia’s Peace Process: Proposals and Concerns of Colombian Farmers with Mr. Gutiérrez on Tuesday, November 10 from: 6-8pm at 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. N.W., Washington, DC (La Casa).

The first agreement reached at the negotiating table in Havana between the Colombian government and the largest insurgent group to end the 50-year armed conflict focuses on the need for an extensive agrarian reform. Even so, Colombia’s farmers continue to struggle for economic and social justice, since “free trade” policies and the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement have undercut the ability of small farmers, indigenous communities, and other agricultural producers to make a decent living, and has reduced Colombia’s ability to feed itself by more than 30% since 1990.

In this context, the Colombia Human Rights Network is organizing a tour to bring the voice of Oscar Gutiérrez, representative of Dignidad Agropecuaria, to the United States in November of this year. Oscar Gutiérrez has a long history of political activism supporting the struggles of miners, farmers, and others in the department of Caldas, where he is from. In recent years he has been a leader of agrarian strikes involving coffee growers and other rural producers, particularly in 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Gutiérrez will talk about the detrimental impact of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on agriculture in Colombia; promoting the economic and social rights of farming, indigenous, and Afro-Colombian communities; and the importance of improving conditions in rural areas in order for an eventual peace agreement to be able to achieve the goals of creating a society in which all social sectors are represented and can live with dignity.

He is looking forward to meeting with policymakers, persons involved in sustainable and organic agriculture who are struggling for economic justice, universities, and media, as well as members of the Colombian community in the United States, to discuss these issues and possible ways forward. Mr. Gutiérrez will be in Washington, DC from November 9 to 11 and New York from November 12 to 15. The Colombia Human Rights Committee, Trabajadores Unidos, and Three Part Harmony Farm are sponsoring a presentation about Colombia’s Peace Process: Proposals and Concerns of Colombian Farmers with Mr. Gutiérrez on Tuesday, November 10 from: 6-8pm at 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. N.W., Washington, DC (La Casa). Please contact the Colombia Human Rights Committee of Washington DC (, 202 997-1358) or the Movement for Peace in Colombia of New York (, 917 207-6206), if you or your faith community, university or student group, or community organization would like to participate.

Click here to read an interview with Oscar Gutiérrez Reyes on agricultural sovereignty as a challenge to the neoliberal model. 

$15/Hour Minimum Wage: Disaster or Opportunity for Family-scale Farms?

By Elizabeth Henderson

The growing momentum of the campaign to raise the minimum wage presents those of us who are farming with a serious challenge.  How are we going to respond?

If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation, the $1.60 of 1968 would be $10.96 today, so workers’ demands for raises are getting serious consideration. The fast food workers’ Fight for $15 has pushed the NY Labor Board to back a plan to phase in this new minimum over the next 6 years.

If we want to make real progress towards a more resilient and sustainable food system, we have to do a much better job of linking justice for farm workers and justice for farmers.

To many organic farmers, $15 an hour looks good – as a wage for us farmers, though as employers it puts a lot of strain on our businesses.  The question farmers need to ask is – how do we turn this into an opportunity? Can we inspire a campaign to raise prices for farm products so that we can act in solidarity with other food workers instead of joining the Farm Bureau litany – “this will wreck farming in NYS”? Continue reading

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 3rd annual farm festival yesterday! The mural art project that involved dozens of artists and was coordinated by Caryl Henry Alexander turned out beautiful. People brought amazing dishes to the potluck, planted garlic, created poetry, enjoyed fellowship around the bonfire, played DC Fair Food Games, listened to music, and build community. It has been an amazing three years with an amazing farm community.

Check out the awesome photos that Tyler Grigsby took throughout the day yesterday:


3rd Annual Fall Farm Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2015

fall festival3rd annual Fall Festival at Three Part Harmony Farm!
Saturday, October 17th from 1 – 4 pm
Garlic Planting from 10 am – 12noon
3104 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20017 (close to the Brookland Metro Stop on the Red Line)

Connect with the soil, build community, make art, play DC Fair Food Games, eat great potluck food, sit around the bonfire, put plants in the ground, recite poetry, listen to music, take photos in the photo booth, create alternatives, support urban farming in DC, celebrate 3 years of Three Part Harmony Farm in DC!

Remember last year’s Sisters of the Soil event? We were nourished body and soul by Veve and tha Rebels and NativSol Kitchen (photos from last year: )

This year will be a potluck celebration so that everyone can show off. Instead of live music we’ll have live art! The farm will get a new mural as part of the Farm Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2015, in a community-led art mural making with Caryl Henry AlexanderCaryl Henry Alexander: “I conceive and direct visual arts projects with a focus on creative literacy, community collaboration and arts integrated academic curriculum. My projects have been successful with multi generational, multicultural and interfaith communities in diverse settings. My paintings and installations are exhibited internationally. I’m also a certified Urban Farmer and grow organic veggies for my family. I am originally from Oakland California, currently live in Maryland but travel around the world using art as my language.

I find art to be a powerful tool for transformation, enjoy providing creative coaching sessions with individuals or groups, and believe that the process of developing art is just as valuable as the master piece.”

Spread the word and share the facebook event page with your friends:

RSVP here:

Fall CSA Shares Available!

Do you want to try out a weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Vegetable Share without the full season commitment? We’re signing up folks for a 10-week fall season. The fall season costs $300 for a family size ($30/ week) and $162.50 for a single share ($16.25/ week). We can add as many as 5 for the fall session. The weekly pick up is taking place near Howard University every Thursday from 5:30pm – 8pm. Contact or 202-427-7146 if you are interested.

Black and Afro-Indigenous Farmers Share 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize

In this moment when it is vital to assert that Black lives matter, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance honors Black and Afro-Indigenous farmers, fishermen, and stewards of ancestral lands and water. Food SovereigntyWe especially commemorate them as a vital part of our food and agriculture system – growers and workers who are creating food sovereignty, meaning a world with healthy, ecologically produced food, and democratic control over food systems.

In 2015, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance’s two prize winners are: the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in the U.S., and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras. The prizes will be presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015. Continue reading

We provide a healthy ecosystem for our community, and our future

“No pollinators, no raspberries!” Both native bees and domestic bee populations are declining, affected by habitat loss, disease and contact with pesticides. Three Part Harmony Farm is taking action to protect pollinators by providing food and habitat for native insects/animals. Pollinators will, in turn, provide the pollination needed to protect our plant diversity and food sources. Three Part Harmony Farm is certified through the Pollinator Partnership as “Bee Friendly Farm” and provides a healthy ecosystem for our community and our future.

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in El Salvador

Excerpts from an interview with Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador

By Beverly Bell, Other Worlds

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in El Salvador. Miguel Ramirez training family farmers on seed bank management. (Photo courtesy of MAOES)

Miguel Ramirez training family farmers on seed bank management. (Photo courtesy of MAOES)

We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers.

We in the Organic Agriculture Movement see the soil as Mother Earth, a living organism, which gives birth to all kinds of life. Mother Earth is agonizing, and needs to be rescued. Even a new small plot of land under organic management is part of the effort to revive her.

We now have around 3,700 small local producers who are educated and working on organic agriculture in El Salvador. We’re just about one percent of all small producers, but 15 or 20 years ago we had no organic agriculture. Continue reading