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.

The Problem

Like many other cities, Washington, D.C. has food deserts or areas of limited access to affordable, fresh, healthy food. They address this problem by sustainably growing food on their farms, and bringing this food to underserved communities with their Mobile Market. Arcadia sells their food at discounted prices and accepts food assistance benefits to keep it affordable.

Arcadia also works to increase knowledge of nutrition and cooking with fresh food, and knowledge of sustainable farming.

The Solution

Arcadia grows food using environmentally and economically sustainable methods on a farm once cultivated by George Washington. They grow the majority of the vegetables for their Mobile Market, which provides affordable food to low-income, low food access communities around Washington, D.C.

Arcadia also has two farm education programs. Through their Veteran Farmer Program, Arcadia trains military veterans to be sustainable farmers. Arcadia also provides education to school children about nutritious food and sustainable growing with visits to schools by the Mobile Market and field trips by school groups to Arcadia Farm.

Stage of Development

  • Early Stage
  • Established Prototype
  • Scaling
  • Other

Organization to Receive Funds

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

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