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University of the District of Columbia provides agricultural training to the public with an exclusively urban focus

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Mchezaji “Che” Axum stands in a hoop house at the University of the District of Columbia’s Muirkirk Research Farm, a growing resource for urban farmers in the city. Photo by Whitney Pipkin.

Much of the food grown on the 143-acre farm goes to nonprofits like Bread for the City, which helps run an orchard here, and DC Central Kitchen; nonprofits received nearly 1,000 pounds of produce from the farm in 2013.

By Whitney Pipkin
Elevation DC
March 03, 2015

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“It’s clear that urban settings, given how many people live in them, still have an important role to play in food security and production,” says Sabine O’Hara, dean of UDC’s CAUSES and director of its land-grant programs.

The university offers a 10-week urban agriculture certificate program that is beginning to fill the educational gap for those interested in farming small spaces, but O’Hara says that’s just the beginning. The Beltsville farm has been transformed since she first came on in 2012, cultivating additional acreage into a growing resource for urban farmers and food system innovators.

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