Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area.
Based on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, thanks to a landmark partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Arcadia manages four distinct program areas that address a specific need in the community, while collectively engaging consumers, farmers, schools, and institutions.
Education and Community Engagement
We teach new and aspiring farmers how to grow food using environmentally conscious methods through our farmer mentorship program. We also educate students about healthy eating and growing practices through interactive school field trips, and encourage community involvement through regular volunteer days. For more information, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
We grow in harmony with nature, using only sustainable growing practices such as cover cropping, integrated pest management, low tillage, composting, crop rotation and no synthetic sprays.
We are committed to increasing access to healthy, farm-fresh food in underserved neighborhoods. We do this by growing the majority of the vegetables for Arcadia’s Mobile Market, which provides affordable food to low income, low food access communities.
The Veteran Farmer Reserve Program is for those interested in exploring agriculture without committing to a full-time training program. This 12-month program meets one weekend a month, with an additional service learning commitment of 40 hours of hands-on farm work at Arcadia during the training year. Reserve Farmers receive hands-on training at Arcadia’s farm in Alexandria, VA; visit working livestock, greenhouse, organic, and other farms on field trips; and receive classroom instruction on topics ranging from pest control to marketing and farm business planning. Reserve Farmers also complete independent reading, research, and writing assignments. Arcadia Farm Staff instruction is supplemented by professional farmers and extension agents and supported by staff with our project partners.
The Veteran Farmer Reserve Program is a fee based program with needs-based scholarships offered to qualified veterans.