We continue our giveback program with Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture thanks to a suggestion by Brad Roberts of our team. Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the Washington, DC-area. Established in 2010, Arcadia’s mission is to cultivate vibrant local food systems that prioritize health, equity, and sustainability, from their farm forward.

Arcadia’s four key program areas are distinct yet interrelated. Each addresses a specific need in the community, while collectively engaging consumers, farmers, schools, and institutions alike.

  • Arcadia Farm demonstrates environmentally and economically sustainable growing practices
  • Arcadia’s Farm to School Program connects schools with healthy, local food for school meals and provides hands-on food & farm education
  • Arcadia’s Mobile Market increases access to fresh, affordable, sustainably-grown food in low-income, food-insecure DC-area neighborhoods
  • Arcadia’s Veteran Farmer Training program trains military vets to become farmers, as the current generation of farmers “ages out,” creating a substantial gap in the food system

Arcadia works to improve public health through equitable access to better food, increase the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations. Their organization is located on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, thanks to a landmark partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the support and vision of Arcadia’s Founder and Chairman, Michael Babin.

Follow Arcadia and the work they are doing at https://www.facebook.com/arcadiafood or visit their website at http://arcadiafood.org/.

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