The SW Community Garden opened on July 31st, 2013 with the help of Fiskars, The Home Depot, and DC Department of Parks and Recreation. The garden is the culmination of a year long effort by a group of green-thumbed SW residents that found a common interest, and worked to bring it to fruition.
The garden initially consisted of 34 raised beds: 2 of which are wheelchair accessible, 4 that are specifically reserved for residents of the 4 surrounding public housing complexes, and 10 that are worked communally. In 2014, the garden won a DC Love Your Block grant and added 3 additional plots in October 2014, bringing the total number of plots to 37.
The communal section is open to anyone to volunteer. The communal section grows food for not only its volunteers but for the neighborhood as well. The communal section runs from April until the end of October, and has work days on Wednesdays, 6-7pm, and Sundays 4-6pm. Work days are cancelled when there’s inclement weather.
In 2018, the garden partnered with Christ United Methodist Church to start a garden on the church’s grounds, which we call the “Sunken Garden.” If you’d like to volunteer in this garden, their work days are Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm, and Sundays 11:30am-1:30pm.
Lansburgh Park is located in Southwest DC and was created during the post-World War II urban renewal phase. The Lansburgh Park Community Garden Group plans to use the park to help members of the diverse SW community grow food individually, and collectively, in a communal farming section, with the goal of bringing neighbors together, and improving the area’s access to local, healthy food.
A key objective for the Garden Group is to have people from all ages and backgrounds take part in the garden’s development, helping to make it a beneficial component of the neighborhood. The Garden Group will run summer youth programs on sustainable urban farming for students attending Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and Jefferson Middle School, hold garden parties, grow community requested crops, and offer volunteers an opportunity to exchange the time they work in the garden for free goods and services through time banking.
Growing Fresh Produce
The Garden’s communal and individual plots will be used to grow seasonal fruits and vegetables that will be consumed by Southwest DC residents. Growing one’s own produce can save households large sums of money on their grocery bills and also gives residents more control over where their food comes from, and greater oversight of how it is grown and harvested. Lansburgh Park Community Garden will adopt organic and sustainable gardening practices that preserve the soil, environment, and surrounding wildlife for future generations.
How to Contribute
The Lansburgh Park Community Garden requires the participation of the neighborhood in order to thrive. Cash and in-kind donations are appreciated (click here to donate) and will be put to good use to support construction and activities. As construction and operations begin, the garden will need material for fencing, a tool shed, a hose and hose cart, wood chips, soil, lumber for raised beds, and gardening tools. The Garden Group welcomes partnerships with neighboring businesses and community organizations in our activities.
The park is located on I Street and Delaware Avenue SW.