Three Part Harmony Farm is a small-scale agroecological farm, located on a 2-acre parcel in northeast Washington, DC. We grow mostly vegetables as well as herbs and cut-flowers. We are using sustainable practices, without chemical pesticides or herbicides.
We mainly grow vegetables for our community supported agriculture program, a locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. It’s a relationship between the community and the farmers. 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 grow.
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?
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.
Our mantra defines our core principles: Food as Medicine. Food as Culture. Food for our Future. The operation is co-managed by Cristina Flores and Gail Taylor.
Gail Taylor (she/ her/ hers) has lived in DC since 1999. She 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.
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 Black Dirt Farm Collective.
In the news:
“Seeds of Change: How urban farming is helping erase food deserts” MatterofFactTV. December 14, 2019.
“The Woman Leading the Way for Urban Farming in the Nation’s Capital” by Cassie Chew. Civil Eats, September 26, 2019.
2019 Young Farmers Conference Plenary: “The State- and City-Led Drive for Healthier Soils” December 5, 2019.
“Washington DCs Urban Farming Trailblazer” episode 379 of the Farm Report with Lisa Held. November 13, 2019.
On October 16, 2019 hosted by Melissa Jones from the Edible Activist.
“Farming in Harmony” on Pineapple radio, February 26, 2019.
Joining Jane Fonda and Food Justice Activists at the Fire Drill Friday: November 29, 2019.
That empty patch of grass? That could be the District’s next farm.
By Lavanya Ramanathan, Washington Post, September 2015
Women of the Diaspora Shaping Food: From Farm to Fork
By Lisa Branscomb, Life Bliss Solutions, August 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
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
Anti-GMO Activists Take a Stand Protesting GMOs by many means — including planting heirloom seeds
By Jess Novak, The Daily Meal, February 2014
Three Part Harmony Farm
PO Box 53059
Washington, DC 20009