Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area. Arcadia manages a variety of program areas that address a specific need in the community, while collectively engaging consumers, farmers, schools, and institutions
Arcadia Farm is located just a few short miles from downtown Washington, DC, on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate. Arcadia’s demonstration farm and educational children’s garden currently encompasses four acres, providing a sustainable model of agriculture to new farmers, students and the public through hands-on community engagement.
They teach new and aspiring farmers how to grow food using environmentally conscious methods through their farmer mentorship program. They also educate students about healthy eating and growing practices through interactive school field trips, camps and encourage community involvement through regular volunteer days.
Farm to School Program:
Arcadia’s Farm to School Program works to improve our local food economy and the health and well-being of schoolchildren by helping schools get more local, healthy and sustainable foods into school meals. Arcadia’s Farm to School Program also provides hands-on opportunities for schoolchildren to connect with their food and where it comes from.
Arcadia’s Mobile Market makes educational visits to DC and Northern Virginia schools, providing hands-on activities about farmers markets and the local food system. These visits are designed to connect Elementary and Middle school students with where food comes from, healthy eating, and sustainable agriculture.
A Mobile Market school visit can be reserved late April through mid-June for the spring, and September through mid-November for the fall. The Mobile Market has a busy market schedule, so school visits are limited to Tuesdays. Individual classrooms can visit the bus from 9am to 2pm while it is set-up in their school’s parking lot or playground. If classes are scheduled to consecutively visit the Mobile Market, our staff can engage upwards of 150 students during a school visit.
In order to cover the costs of staff, materials and fuel, schools are charged a small fee for Mobile Market school visits. Field trip fees range between $200 and $400, and are calculated on a sliding scale according to the percentage of students eligible for Free or Reduced-Price (FRP) Meals at your school.
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