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, 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.
Our three person crew works six days a week to 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 grown.
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’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. Three Part Harmony Farm is part of the Future Harvest/ CASA Beginner Farmer Training Program, a 12-month immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at some of the region’s leading sustainable farms.
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.
In the news:
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