20 Apr '11, 12pm

DC charity develops large rooftop garden to serve the city

DC charity develops large rooftop garden to serve the city

I was interviewed earlier this week by a filmmaker who is working on a documentary on urban gardening and agriculture. The main point I tried to make was that, for city gardens to succeed, we need them to support rather than displace traditional urbanism. Today I came across a wonderful example of exactly that. Long one of DC’s best-regarded charities, Bread for the City is known for providing food and much more (including a variety of material and social services ) to the city’s underserved populations. The organization has just completed a major expansion of its Northwest (DC) Service Center , and is (literally) capping off the building project with a 3500-square-foot rooftop vegetable garden with 30 gardening beds. Elahe Izadi writes in the local blog DCentric : “The idea came out of an initiative by a couple of employees at the organization’s Southeast center, where th...

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