The Farm

Three Part Harmony Farm is located on a 2-acre parcel in northeast Washington, DC. We grow mostly vegetables as well as fruit, herbs, cut-flowers and we have a greenhouse nursery operation that supplies local community and school gardens as well as two locally owned hardware stores. We are using sustainable practices, without chemical pesticides or herbicides. Three Part Harmony Farm Bok Choi

We offer a community supported agriculture program, a locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. It’s a relationship between the community and the farmer. Members pay in advance to pick up a share of the harvest throughout the growing season. Selling our produce before the season allows us to focus on the actual farm work. You gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing how and where your food is grown.

Gail Taylor is the owner/ operator of Three Part Harmony Farm. Our mantra defines our core principles: Food as Medicine. Food as Culture. Food for our Future.

A long-time resident of the District, Taylor has worked as an organizer and social justice activist focusing on Latin America solidarity (internationally) and affordable housing issues (locally.) She has been farming organically since 2005. Three Part Harmony Farm is a project that was born out of a community-led visioning process that began in 2011. The desire to establish a production focused vegetable farm in DC to grow food for family, friends and the surrounding community combined with Taylor’s background in activism and policy advocacy led to a three-year campaign, “I Want DC to Grow.” This resulted in the passage of the DC Food Security Act of 2014, also known as DCs Farm Bill which sets the stage for 3PH and others to grow commercially in the district.

Three Part Harmony Farm exists to grow food for people, but it also exists in part to challenge our assumptions on how urban farms should look. It intentionally seeks to create a viable and just local food economy while at the same time dismantling racism and the ever present, entrenched forms of oppression in that same food system. How sustainable is sustainable agriculture when it comes to the litmus test of economic and community needs, not just in terms of the environment?

Taylor speaks regularly on food and farming issues and has been featured in The Washington Post in 2014 and 2015 for her role as a leader in the urban ag movement. In 2015, she was featured as one of Fifty+ under 50: Innovative leaders transforming metro DC’s food system. She is a member of the Seed Keeper’s Collective, Ecohermanas, and co-founder of Community Farming Alliance.

We donate produce to soup kitchens and food pantries that redistribute food to people in need. We also work on campaigns to create more equity in the food system.

Three Part Harmony Farm has an active work exchange program where people can work in exchange for fresh produce from the farm.

We’re committed to help grow new farms and farmers in DC, and to support Black and People of Color owned farms throughout the US. We collaborate with other like-minded enterprises to see our city thrive socially and economically.

Read about the Three Part Harmony Farm butterfly logo, symbolizing the return of young Black farmers to the land, and our farm community as a resilient migratory being.

Click here for videos and photos from the farm.


In the news:dsc03727

A Change in Food Focus: Laura Otolski
By Lisa Metzger, Grounded Women, March 8, 2017

Healing Body and Soul: Gail Taylor, Part 2
By Lisa Metzger, Grounded Women, March 1, 2017

Growing a City: Gail Taylor, Part 1
By Lisa Metzger, Grounded Women, February 21, 2017

That empty patch of grass? That could be the District’s next farm.
By Lavanya Ramanathan, Washington Post, September 2015

DC considers bill to encourage urban farming on vacant lots
By Karen Chen, Washington Post, September 2014

D.C. Farmers Prep For What They Say Is An Urban Agricultural Renaissance
By Lauren Ober, WAMU 88.5, April 17, 2015

A Farm Grows in Brookland
By Kimberly Burge March 2015, Sojourner’s Magazine, March 2015

The Best Urban/Community Gardens and Farms In The D.C. Area
By Matt Cohen, DCist, May 2015

D.C.’s Urban Farmers See Climate Change In How Their Gardens Grow
By Alice Ollstein, WAMU 88.5, August 2014

Fifty+ under 50: Innovative leaders transforming metro DC’s food system
By Lindsay Smith, Elevation DC Media, August 2014

Meet DC’s urban farmers growing food and profits
By Whitney Pipkin, Elevation DC Media, July 2014

Anti-GMO Activists Take a Stand Protesting GMOS by many means — including planting heirloom seeds
By Jess Novak, The Daily Meal, February 2014


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Contact us

info@threepartharmonyfarm.com
202-427-7146

Three Part Harmony Farm
PO Box 53059
Washington, DC 20009

One thought on “The Farm

  1. I am just learning about your farm, congratulations on your success last year. In an effort to provide healthier food choices to the community a few community members have joined together in support of gardening, farming and support Black farmers. We are planning a gathering on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 and we are in need of someone that can provide information about gardeners, especially first time gardeners. Please let me know if you are available are if there is someone that you would recommend. (202) 398-8253. Peace and Blessings, Akua

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