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arcadia farm | non-profit editorial photography

I recently traveled to Arcadia Farm in Alexandria, VA, to help them showcase part of their education efforts, as well as to cover a visit by honorary board member and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe.  The images you see here only capture a fraction of the amazing work going on at Arcadia; not only do they provide hands-on food & farm education to children, but they also train veterans for careers in sustainable agriculture, as well as provide fresh vegetables to under-served urban areas via their Mobile Market.  The farm is situated on George Washington's historic Woodlawn estate - just spending a few hours there alongside their wonderful + dedicated team was hugely inspiring for me, and I hope to be able to make a trip back with my own boys to volunteer in the Groundhog Garden as a family soon. It's crazy to realize I grew up minutes from here, but didn't discover it long after I'd moved away.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to help highlight the incredible, important work going on here, and the idea of using photography to support non-profit causes near and dear to my own heart is beyond fulfilling.

If you happen to be in or near Northern Virginia, please consider donating your time or financial support to keep their efforts going - I promise you won't regret it.

two gander farm 2016

   

I recently had the most wonderful opportunity to return to Two Gander Farm to photograph them for their just-released feature in the latest issue of Southern Farm & Garden. The farm is run by the warmest, most hardworking group of people you'll ever meet, and it was such a treat to catch up with them again, and to see how far they've come since I last photographed there. The whole property is so photogenic that I took way more images than could possibly ever fit in a print feature, so I wanted to take a moment to share some of my other favorites here. 

The farm looks so different than it did two years ago, most noticeably due to the incredible work the Flemmings and their crew have done to achieve their organic certification, and to expand their crops and irrigation system. They're still committed as ever to preserving the protected watershed that adjoins the farmland. If you haven't already found them at your local farmer's market, be sure to look for them at Bryn Mawr & Dickinson Square, or sign up for their winter CSA. 

Many thanks to Southern Farm & Garden for this chance to share my work and the farm with their readers - enjoy the full interview, including more from Deirdre on their partnership with the Brandywine Conservancy by picking up the issue at your local Barnes & Noble or ordering online.