Urban Agriculture at the Firebird Farm
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia has developed significant expertize in Urban Agriculture. The innovative agricultural practices and sustainable technologies that drive the Urban Agriculture focus of CAUSES are pioneered at the University’s Firebird Farm, located just outside of Washington DC in Beltsville, Maryland. This fieldtrip to Firebird Farm will offer an overview of the sustainable urban agriculture methods of CAUSES that tests the feasibility of small-scale urban food systems that can produce significant amounts of high quality food in small urban spaces through bio-intensive production, hydroponics, aquaponics, ethnic crops specializations and other innovative methods. Please wear comfortable shoes. A fee of $20 will cover transportation costs.
The Urban Food Hubs Solution
As the only Urban Landgrant University in the United States, the University of the District of
Columbia serves a dual mission of offering academic programs on the University’s campuses and community education programs to residents in the eight Wards of Washington DC. Many of the community education programs of the University’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) are focused on improving the Food Security of urban communities through the comprehensive Urban Food Hubs pioneered by CAUSES. The Urban Food Hubs consist of four components: ( 1) food production, (2) food preparation, (3) food distribution, and (4) closing the loop through waste and water management. This field trip will visit three of the Urban Food Hubs of CAUSES that are in different stages of implementation in the most underserved neighborhoods of Washington DC. In addition to improving food security, the Urban Food Hubs contribute to job creation and urban sustainability in its economic, social/cultural, and environmental/physical dimensions. A fee of $20 will cover transportation costs.
Urban Sustainability through Green Campus Infrastructure
The University of the District of Columbia has been developing its main campus, which is located right next to the Van Ness/ UDC Metro Station, into an exemplary demonstration project of urban sustainability and green infrastructure. This filed trip is a walking tour of the University’s Van Ness campus and its innovative green infrastructure including a food producing green roof, a parking garage roof that collects and reuses water run off, a Platinum LEED student center, the teaching gardens of the senses, a hydroponics system, and an aquaponic systems that uses fish production as fertilizer for plants around the campus plaza.
Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park is a large urban park that bisects the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The park was created by an Act of Congress in 1890, and today is administered by the National Park Service. The main section of the park comprises 1754 acres (2.74 mi2, 7.10 km2), along the Rock Creek Valley. The parklands follow the course of Rock Creek across the D.C.-Maryland border to connect with Rock Creek Stream Valley Park and Rock Creek Regional Park in Montgomery County. In addition to the park proper, the Rock Creek administrative unit of the National Park Service administers various other federally owned properties in the District of Columbia located to the north and west of the National Mall that encompasses more than 2000 acres (3 mi2, 8 km2). This field trip will offer an introduction to the natural beauty and historical treasures of the park. Please wear comfortable shoes. A fee of $20 will cover transportation costs.
Established in 1927 by an Act of Congress, the Arboretum is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The U.S. National Arboretum enhances the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and interpretative gardens and exhibits. It comprises 446 acres with 9.5 miles of winding roadways and welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually. Its wide-ranging basic and developmental research on trees, shrubs, turf, and floral plants provides information to communities and organizations across the United States including development of new technologies for the floral and nursery industries; development of plants with superior characteristics through a program of testing and genetic improvement; taxonomy and nomenclature of ornamental plants and their wild relatives; and collection and preservation of plant germplasm with ornamental. A $20 fee will cover transportation costs.
The National Mall
The National Mall is a national park in downtown. The National Park Service (NPS) administers the National Mall, which is part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks unit. The term National Mall commonly includes areas that are officially part of West Potomac Park and Constitution Gardens to the west, and often is taken to refer to the entire area between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center. The National Mall receives approximately 24 million visitors each year and is known for its many famous museums and memorials including the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Memorial, and the Capitol of the United States.
This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress of today’s Washington Post, bought Hillwood in 1955 and soon decided her home would be a museum that would inspire and educate the public. Her northwest Washington, D.C. estate endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands for all to enjoy. Opened as a public institution in 1977, today Hillwood’s allure stems from the equally fascinating parts that make up the whole. From the captivating life of Marjorie Post to the exquisitely maintained Mansion and Gardens, the experience of Hillwood outshines even the Fabergé Eggs. This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.