It is nice to know that there is a farm in my hometown of Washington, D.C. Not just any farm with an average farmer, but an urban farm with a Pied Piper of Green, who touched a bit of concrete and created an oasis of positive energy in the Shaw neighborhood in D.C. Meet Frank Asher, owner of Old City Farm and Guild. Utilizing a nomadic business plan, Frank has been successful in creating a green space for the horticultural community, a conduit for obtaining CSA produce from Lancaster Farms, and a resource to inspire others to garden as well. I spoke with Frank in the midst of this farm in the old city on an awesome evening. As we walked around the beautiful pottery and plants nibbling on red okra picked fresh from the farm, it was wonderful to hear the sounds of the city as Frank shared his story. Frank started his mission by accident. Tired of seeing the tree boxes near his house filled with weeds, dog poop and trash, he began utilizing these spaces as spots of beautification. As the neighbors appreciated his random acts of kindness, they wanted to pay Frank to help beautify their personal space as well. Suddenly, this master gardener was in business. A community leader offered him a chance to open a green space and his first location at 9th and N Street NW became a reality. New development took over after four years and Frank relocated. With a name change and a new location, Old City Farm and Guild opened at its current location at 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW.
once a concrete slab in front of the old Shaw Junior High School. Frank has also created a landscaping arm to his business called Fairy’s Crossing. The debris from various clients’ yards make beautiful compost and the worms flock to the compost piles that are also onsite. Frank shares his compost with the onsite farm, creating a sustainable gardening demonstration. What’s next for Old City Farm and Guild? There have been school tours and tastings, classes on seasonal plantings and terrariums, evening movie offerings, and talks of Saturday afternoon jazz. The featured event of the year is Home Grown DC. This fall, Old City Farm and Guild will host Home Grown DC for its second year. Visitors will be able to purchase produce from inner city gardeners, public gardens and D.C. school gardens. There will also be food crafted from locally grown produce, music and perhaps even a petting zoo. The D.C. State Fair will also be on hand to share in the festivities. It promises to be a festival that will be enjoyed by all and definitely creates a deeper sense of community. Mark your calendars and join in the festivities at Old City Farm and Guild for Home Grown DC on September 20, 2014 from noon to 7:30pm! Follow Teresa on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram @cottageinthecourt, and visit her on the web at cottageinthecourt.com.
Old City Farm and Guild brings movement, life and all things beautiful to an unused space that was
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Published on Sep 1, 2014
Published on Sep 1, 2014
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