Our Mission

We promote collaborative, sustainable cultivation of food in urban spaces.

We work to increase opportunities for Metro DC residents to grow food and to participate in the diverse communities that thrive in shared urban gardening spaces.

Our Story

The Neighborhood Farm Initiative seeks to ensure that all people in our urban community have an opportunity to eat healthy, local food.

Urban residents in our community are dedicated to building the best lives for themselves and their families, but many don’t have access to the fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs they need for health and wellness. Too often, grocery stores are hard to get to – and the easiest places to find a meal don’t offer the nutritional value to keep us active and strong.

NFI offers a vibrant and open space for community members to tackle these challenges. Our team of expert gardeners and dedicated volunteers works with diverse community members to help them develop the skills and confidence to grow their own healthy food—by planting a thriving garden in
the middle of Fort Totten’s city streets.


NFI aims to improve underutilized public green spaces by creating demonstration gardens for hands-on community-wide gardening education.

At NFI, our gardeners, volunteers and community members come together to plant seeds, harvest fruits and vegetables, and share stories and experiences. Our community members leave the garden with food in their baskets and confidence in their abilities. And our gardeners and volunteers partner with local organizations to share our harvests with children and  families who don’t have access to healthy food.

Together, we strive to ensure that anyone across Washington, DC has the opportunity to put healthy, local food on the table—no matter what.

How We Garden

Growing food doesn’t have to be complicated!  At NFI we promote food gardening methods that are:

Low cost – work with simple materials and what you may already have on hand, and grow food inexpensively

Low maintenance – we show how to help plants, soil, and insects work together to do some of the work for you!

Low input –  skillful organic gardening lessens the need for fertilizers and pesticides

Low impact – natural growing methods nurture the cycle of life rather than depleting it

Growing healthy food is a birthright for everyone – all of us have farmers somewhere back in our family trees!

NFI keeps growing!

Each year NFI shares its growing knowledge with others. Since our start NFI has helped grow:

  • 1440 volunteers
  • 75 participants that have completed one of our hands-on Adult Garden Education Classes
  • Over 8,000 pounds of fresh produce that has been donated to area food banks & kitchens


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