This week's featured organization is...Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture!

This week’s featured nonprofit is Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area. Arcadia manages four programs to engage the community in food sustainability, education, and distribution.

Here are the highlights from each program:

Arcadia Farm: A four acre demonstration farm located on the historic grounds of the Woodlawn Estate. The Arcadia Farm provides a sustainable model of agriculture to new farmers, students, and the public through hands on community engagement.  During the summer, Arcadia Farm hosts Farm Camp for 120 children ages 6-12 to learn about farming and indulge in healthy nutritious food. This year, Arcadia had 21 scholarship students from Alexandria.

Mobile Market: A refurbished school bus that makes 9 weekly stops in low-food access neighborhoods, including two in Alexandria. Through The Mobile Market, Arcadia works to ensure that healthy food is available and affordable to everyone, regardless of their income. Last year, the Mobile Market, in its debut season, sold more than $43,000 in farm fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs and meat. 40% of the sales were from low-income customers using SNAP, WIC, and other federal assistance benefits.

Food Hub: A program in process that will work to get healthier, local food into school meals and the Washington, DC are market for sustainably produced food. The Food Hub will expand economic opportunity for regional, sustainable growers and increase market access to healthy, local food.

Farm to School Program: Connects schools with healthy local food for schools meals and provides hands-on food & farm education.

 

 



Interested in getting involved?


Volunteer
with Arcadia as a Farm Educator for the Arcadia Farm Field Trip, a program that helps students make the connection that healthy, fresh food comes from the earth. It also familiarizes students with new fruits and vegetables that grow near Washington, DC so that they will be more likely to eat those healthy foods when they see them in the cafeteria or at home.


Intern
with Arcadia as a Farm Education Intern and help organize the Farm Field Trip program and Farm to School initiatives. Farm Education Interns will gain skills and knowledge in sustainable agriculture, outdoor education, nutrition, nonprofit management, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 


Arcadia Farm Fall Fest Family Frolic Funtacular: On October 6, spend the day at Arcadia Farm celebrating all things farm, fall, fest, family, food, and fun on the grounds of Woodlawn Mansion in Alexandria, VA. The day will feature old-fashioned autumn fun, including a cakewalk, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, mobile market ours, an egg and spoon family relay, goat wrangling, cooking demonstrations, and fun farm chores.  Admission is free, but please RSVP! Reserve a small pumpkin with a $5 deposit and a larger pumpkin with a $10 deposit. Preorder to ensure your pumpkin is waiting for you!

 

Snallygaster: On October 19, show your support for Arcadia by attending Snallygaster, the country’s premier craft beer festival in Washington, D.C. More than 150 beers-many of them never before poured in the US will be served at this all day festival. Admission is $10 and all proceeds from the door benefit Arcadia. Volunteers for this event are also needed for two shifts from 7:00am-3:00pm and from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Volunteers get a $50 gift card to CK/Rustico, a free t-shirt, and the chance to pour some world class beers.

Support Arcadia!

 

Arcadia is in the running for a $5000 grant from the Ford Foundation to fund the Mobile Market. Help this essential Alexandria organization, and vote before Sunday!  VOTE

 

To learn more about Arcadia and its amazing programs, visit: http://arcadiafood.org/

Arcadia was also featured on the Kojo Nnamdi show: Listen to the full show here

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