Newark Street Community Garden

Newark Street Community Garden is one of the biggest and most clearly structured community gardens in DC, located in Ward 3 at the intersection of 39th St & Newark St NW on land held by DC Parks and Recreation.  With a cultivated area of 2.2 acres, plenty of grassy open space between the upper and lower gardens, and a view overlooking the National Cathedral, Newark Street Community Garden is a beautiful place to spend time.  Through a partnership with Casey Trees, a good variety of fruit trees were planted in the community area.  The gardeners also planted communal raspberries, blackberries, and other fruit.  The garden plots themselves number 200 and are about 15′x15′ in size.  Many of them have been fenced in by previous gardeners due to issues with deer.  About 6 years ago, the garden made a rule that all gardeners must use organic techniques.

The garden is organized into committees of volunteer gardeners, which oversee aspects of the garden such as community composting, hosting garden potlucks, tool maintenance, water pipe & hose spigot maintenance, partnerships with local food pantries for donation of surplus produce, scheduling deliveries of wood chips, et cetera.  There is also a Rules Committee which checks garden plots several times during the growing season to be sure that all plots are being utilized and aren’t too weedy or neglected.  Gardeners participate in regular elections to choose their leaders.

Please contact garden president and vice-president Lew & Linda Berry at Nyacklb2@aol.com for more information about the Newark Street Community Garden.

Photo credit: Xi Wang

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