Facepainting was one of the highlights during the 4th Annual Three Part Harmony Farm Fall Festival in October 2016 in Washington, DC.
Three Part Harmony Farm is located on a 2-acre parcel in northeast Washington, DC. We grow mostly vegetables as well as fruit, 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.
We offer a community supported agriculture program, a locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. It’s a relationship between the community and the farmer. 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: http://threepartharmonyfarm.org/sample-vegetable-csa-shares/
Gail Taylor is the owner/ operator of Three Part Harmony Farm. 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 for 10 years. 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.
The Three Part Harmony Farm butterfly logo symbolizes the return of young Black farmers to the land, and our farm community as a resilient migratory being: http://threepartharmonyfarm.org/about-the-three-part-harmony-farm-logo/
The video of the farm tour was taken by local historian and videographer Eddie BeckerEddie Becker ( https://www.youtube.com/user/ebecker2000 ) during the 2016 Fall Farm Festival on October 29, 2016.
For more information about Three Part Harmony Farm, to sign up for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, or to find out about volunteering at the farm, visit http://ThreePartHarmonyFarm.org