Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.77
Liaison Josh Lasky
Submission Date April 4, 2023

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
IN-7: Community Garden

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kimberly Williams
Not available at this time
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

A brief description of the institution’s community garden:
The GroW Community Garden is a block-length plot of land (located on H Street between 23rd and 24th Streets). It is supported financially by the George Washington University, and maintained by two student managers (employed by the GW Office of Sustainability) as well as a strong volunteer base. All of the produce is grown to support the work of Miriam's Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that aims to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. Miriam's incorporates fresh, local produce into the meals they serve to their guests Monday through Friday every week of the year. GroW produce goes right into the kitchens of folks who are housed through Miriam's Permanent Supportive Housing program, which transitions around 135 individuals experiencing homelessness into housing while continuing to provide supportive services.

In addition to supporting Miriam's, the GroW Community Garden functions as a tool to educate and build community at GW, largely through its affiliated student organization: The GroW Community. The GroW Community offers students and community members a space to engage with sustainable agricultural practices, consider issues of food access and food sovereignty in Washington, DC, and cultivate community around food.The GroW Community also facilitates a CSA program that connects students with local farmers and producers to purchase Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm shares of fresh, local produce and other food items using GWorld. As part of GroW’s mission to educate the GW community about local food and food security, a mural at the garden celebrates local food heroes who have been critical in promoting food sovereignty in DC.

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