Non-Profits Partner to Grow Food-Focused Future at Woodlawn
National Trust, Arcadia explore expanding programming and agriculture operations
Posted December 11, 2013 | Contact email@example.com or 202-588-6141
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture today announced a partnership to expand the mission of the historic Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Va., to include a destination for visitors to eat, learn and garden. Arcadia, which has been operating a garden, agriculture programs and a Mobile Market bus at Woodlawn since 2010, will work with the National Trust to evolve the use of the site to include a variety of mixed-uses, such as dining, agricultural production, educational programs and retail operations.
“We are pleased to partner with Arcadia in this new work that reintroduces a key component of Woodlawn’s history,” said Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Experimental agricultural efforts at Woodlawn date to the property’s ownership by George Washington and are an integral part of the story of this landmark site. Arcadia’s programs have attracted children and others from the local community and we are eager to expand the site’s outreach to new audiences. Arcadia is an ideal partner for our vision to establish Woodlawn as an integral part of the community and to ensure this historic site’s vibrant future.”
Over the next year, the National Trust and Arcadia will work to set future stewardship terms for the site in recognition of the expansion of Arcadia’s role. Agricultural use of the site will grow. The two non-profit organizations will collaborate to evolve the use of the Woodlawn mansion toward expanded joint programming and operations. The public will continue to be able to access the site, including the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey House, which was moved to Woodlawn in the 1960s.
"Our partnership with the National Trust allows Arcadia to make healthy food more affordable, accessible, and available in low-food access communities in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland," said Michael Babin, founder and chairman, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. "We look forward to expanding our farm production, farmer training, and our educational programs, and sharing Woodlawn's inspiring agricultural and social history with the region. We hope to bring new life back to the house and the grounds, and make it the vibrant center of the community it once was."
With the expansion of Arcadia’s role at Woodlawn, the modern stables facilities being removed as a result of the Route 1 road widening project will not be rebuilt. Recognizing the desire for private equestrian facilities in the area, the National Trust has asked the Federal Highway Administration to work with Fairfax County to reallocate the rebuilding funds for a new equestrian facility at another location nearby.
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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. www.PreservationNation.org
About Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture is dedicated to creating a more equitable, sustainable local food system. It grows food sustainably, makes that food available and affordable in low-food access communities via a Mobile Market, and offers experiential learning instruction for school children in sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and the pleasures of healthy food.