Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting a farm right in the middle of the city! I’ve seen lots of urban gardens but this was an all-out operational farm. It was the Three Part Harmony farm owned by Gail Taylor in the Brookland neighborhood in NE DC. She has a very small staff and also relies on the help of volunteers to produce fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers using certified organic methods on two acres of land.
It was a joint event by Gail and NativSol Kitchen founder Tambra Raye Stevenson to highlight the beauty, importance and deliciousness of real, whole, fresh African heritage food and it’s role in reclaiming and maintaining our health as individuals and as a community.
Gail took our group on a tour of her farm, explaining her evolution from nonprofit social justice advocate to urban farmer. The name Three Part Harmony refers to Food as medicine. Food as culture. Food as the future.
NativSol has two meanings: New African Traditions Including Values of Sustainability, Organic and Local and Nourishing Authentic Traditions & Intuitive Values of Spirituality, Oneness and Love.
Tambra used items grown right there on the farm to make an (not slimy) okra stew that reminded me of Moroccan zaalouk, and hibiscus tea, a fantastic exotically spicy alternative to soft drinks. Tambra is a priceless resource for people like us, who want to eat whole and fresh, have an appreciation for African and African inspired dishes, and suffer from food boredom from time to time.
I am so glad that I took time to attend this event with Gail and Tambra. These two women are powerful leaders in the African American farm to fork movement. I encourage DC locals and visitors to go and visit the Three Part Harmony Farm, volunteer, join the CSA (community supported agriculture to get farm products) and join the NativSol Kitchen mailing list (how I found out about this event).