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Community garden brings homegrown organic vegetables to DC’s Ward 7

In 2019 in the home’s backyard, Allison Nance, managing director of the Nicholson Project said a garden was started with a goal of using what was grown for programming purposes. Now, the garden gives fresh produce directly to Ward 7 neighbors. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
From carrots, to okra and shiny, purple eggplants, the Nicholson Project’s garden has blossomed. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
Nance said the garden has also become an educational center for the neighborhood as neighbors come and get advice from those who work in the garden with the hopes of creating their own produce gardens at homes, even if they don鈥檛 have a backyard. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
The Nicholson Project is renovating a neighboring home it recently purchased for more artist studios, there are also plans to potentially expand the garden in the backyard of that home. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
Kale plants grow in a D.C. community garden in Ward 7 which is bringing locally grown organic vegetables to those who live nearby. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
As vegetables across the garden have blossomed, so have many of the flowers planted in it as well. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
The Nicholson Project garden also connects neighbors with the visiting artists who stay and host exhibitions of their work at the restored row home. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
This piece of art is sitting in the Nicholson Project’s garden. The Nicholson Project is a non-profit arts organization that gives visiting artists a D.C. row home in which they can stay and create new works. (91欧美激情/Mike Murillo)
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Community garden brings homegrown organic vegetables to DC鈥檚 Ward 7

In D.C.鈥檚 Ward 7, where many residents struggle with food insecurity, lies a community garden which is bringing locally-grown, organic vegetables to nearby residents. The garden is run by a nonprofit arts organization that gives visiting artists a D.C. residency in which they can stay and create new works.

Allison Nance, managing director of the Nicholson Project, said that in 2019, in the row home’s backyard, a garden was started with the goal of using what was grown for programming purposes.

“Then, in the wake of COVID and being in a food desert, this really provided direct access to fresh produce to our neighbors living in apartments behind us and the houses all around us,鈥 Nance said.

From carrots, to okra and shiny, purple eggplants, the garden has blossomed, and so have many of the flowers planted in it as well. The garden is planned and maintained by a part-time garden manager and volunteers.

鈥淭hey help us plant and then harvest, and then they take the vegetables back to use themselves. Any of our neighbors can come and pick up produce when they want. We also distribute it to other organizations like DC Dream Center,鈥 Nance said.

Nance said the garden has also become an educational center for the neighborhood as residents come and get advice from those who work in the garden with the hopes of creating their own produce gardens at home, even if they don鈥檛 have a backyard.

鈥淧eople have learned that they can easily plant their own small garden even in the apartments right here, we’ve had some people take seeds, and then grow stuff in jars,” Nance said.

She said the garden also connects neighbors with the visiting artists who stay and host exhibitions of their work at the restored row home.

As the organization renovates a neighboring home its recently purchased for more artist studios, she said, there are also plans to potentially expand the garden in the backyard of that home.

鈥淐ontinue with some produce, more pollinators, which is good for the whole community and all the produce growing around here,鈥 Nance said.

For Nance, who is a lifelong D.C. resident, the garden is a special experience for her.

鈥淛ust being able to come to work one day and pick a cantaloupe was pretty exciting,鈥 she said.

Since the garden has opened, Nance said it has provided 10,000 servings of fresh greens, produce and herbs to the community.

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Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at 91欧美激情. Before joining 91欧美激情 in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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