Last week, the Venga team headed to the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture to get our hands dirty and experience the hard work of sustainable farming.
Across the nation, small farms continue to disappear, only to be replaced by large-scale, industrial farms. This shift in practice has caused significant environmental damage, including land erosion, polluted waterways, and changing climate- not to mention the economic impact of smaller farms being pushed out of production.
Arcadia Farm is leading the charge in proving the value and economic viability in small-scale farming operations. Located right outside Washington DC, Arcadia’s demonstration farm spans four acres of land and serves as a model of sustainable agriculture to new farmers, students and the public.
As an added bonus, the majority of vegetables grown at Arcadia Farm are used in Arcadia’s Mobile Market- a mobile provider of healthy, farm-fresh food to low income, low food access communities.
The Venga team enjoyed being a part of such an important initiative. In a few short hours, we were able to weed rows of beautiful vegetables, mulch sections of fall flowers, and learn all about how our work was making a difference in our community.
Thank you for such a wonderful volunteer opportunity, Arcadia Farms!