The only entity of its kind in Prince George’s County, ECO is an urban teaching farm that grows great food while restoring the environment and the health of local communities. In two working-class Port Towns neighborhoods, where healthy food is scarce, ECO converted neglected lands into community assets: farms that provide affordable, fresh produce through a Community Supported Agriculture program (a weekly, in-season “farm share”) and at the Riverdale Farmers Market. It also offers a host of programs to inspire the next generation of urban farmers, eaters, and activists: children from 10 area public schools engage in on-farm environmental education; teens gain valuable skills through a summer employment program; aspiring urban farmers receive training and support through ECO’s apprenticeships and certification coursework. Year-round, hundreds of people attend events and activities, learning the benefits of locally-grown, chemical-free food … and responsible stewardship.
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