We are in the parking lot behind Martin Luther King Elementary School at 3200 6th Street SE, which is accessed from Alabama Avenue across the street from Liff's Market and Democracy Prep and directly behind Rehoboth Baptist Church.
Nathan Harrington, a former Prince George's County and DC Public Schools teacher, is our new Director, responsible for managing the market and the community garden program. Nathan has lived in Congress Heights since 2009 and been a member of the W8FM board since 2012. He holds a masters in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University and is known for his home garden and environmental activism as chair of the Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway.
Congress/MLK Community Garden
When you visit the market, you'll get to see our new community garden, which includes ten 10x3 foot raised beds in a grassy area of the Congress Heights Recreation Center. In April Nathan led Martin Luther King Elementary students in planting potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, collard greens, cabbage, peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash and herbs. Lettuce, radishes, and peas have already been harvested and sent home with students. Abundant harvests of are expected throughout the summer as children enrolled in the DC Parks and Recreation summer camp take over caring for the garden until school starts again in August.
W8FM seeks volunteers for the following roles:
-Help set up, operate and take down the market on Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm
-Distribute fliers promoting the market door to door in Ward 8 neighborhoods
-Maintain the community garden
Volunteers get free vegetables from the garden!
To volunteer, email Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-758-5892
Our 2016 season will run from Saturday, June 4 to Saturday, November 19
In addition to cash, we proudly accept SNAP/EBT and debit cards, WIC and senior vouchers, and Produce Prescriptions.
We are thrilled to participate in the DC Department of Health's Produce Plus program. DC residents who received SNAP, TANF, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid get vouchers good for $10 in free fruits and vegetables each week.
Vend with Us
Are you a farmer, gardener, or purveyor of local handcrafted products, or know someone who is? We are always looking for great vendors. Email email@example.com to request an application.