Urban Food Hubs Model

UDC’s Urban Food Hubs exemplify the university’s commitment to building capacity across the diverse communities in our city, but especially in the food desert neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. The four components of our Urban Food Hubs are food production, food preparation, food distribution, and waste and water recovery. At the heart of each urban food hub, are highly efficient food production systems that utilize bio-intensive raised bed gardens, green roofs, hydroponic, and aquaponic methods to grow plants, without soil in nutrient-rich water. The urban food hubs are designed to not only provide access to fresh food, but also to create jobs, improve public health, mitigate water management problems, and create urban resilience.

Urban Food Hub Sites

Take a closer look at UDC’s Urban Food Hubs with the below videos and 360 tours.

UDC Van Ness Campus (Ward 3) – 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

East Capitol Urban Farm (Ward 7) – 5901 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20019

Firebird Research Farm – 12001 Old Baltimore Pike, Beltsville, MD 20705

Bertie Backus Urban Food Hub (Ward 5) – 5171 South Dakota Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20017

P.R. Harris Urban Food Hub (Ward 8) – 4600 Livingston Road SE, Washington, D.C. 20032