Our Work

We believe in caring for our neighbor and caring for our environment. 

 WHERE WE WORK

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We currently serve the vast and diverse population of the Arlington diocese. Our current base of operations is St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, Virginia. The food we grow and harvest from this garden site is distributed to food pantries throughout the northern Virginia area. Our vision is to expand the number of gardens through partnerships with local churches.

 

 HOW WE WORK

We keep overhead costs low by relying on the commitment of our dedicated volunteers and the generosity of local churches. We are dedicated to using sustainable farming practices to grow nutritious foods for those in our community with little access to them.

 An interview with one of our founders, Jon Blankenship:

The St. Isidore Project uses a method you’ve coined “micro-distributed farming.” What does this mean?

Micro-distributed farming combines various, biologically-intensive gardening methods with a distributed farming methodology.  My vision is to build a fully functioning farm by combining all of the individual garden plots from the distributed locations within the Isidore Project.  Leveraging bio intensive gardening methods, we can maximize production from each site and produce significant amounts on relatively small plots of land.

What do you do to ensure your farming practices are sustainable and effective?

I continually strive to improve my gardening methods and knowledge through personal experimentation and by reading and research.  I have read and studied the methods found in Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening; Jean Martin Fortier’s The Market Gardener; and Curtis Stone’s The Urban Farmer – Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land.

What inspired your interest in a farming-centered program?

From a young age, I have always had an interest in gardening. Growing up, I was always helping my father in the garden, growing both flowers and vegetables. As an adult I have continued my interest and focused on vegetable gardening. I currently have a 250 sq ft vegetable plot at my suburban home and my family enjoys a bountiful harvest of fresh produce.

It's almost time for fall planting. The cauliflower and broccoli have sprouted. ...

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It won't be long now until these tomatoes start coming in. The true sign that summer has arrived!! ...

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What do you do when you need to move water but don't have a gas powered pump?

Let gravity do the work for you!!

Thanks Chris for your help and engineering skills.
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Sorry I am late posting this. The summer crops are in and growing. Thanks the volunteers that came out to help. ...

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