Sunday, April 28, 2013
Chef Anthony Chittum will host Arcadia fundraising dinner May 19 that also launches Arcadia membership program.
A storied restaurant in Dupont Circle will get a new lease on life soon, thanks to Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) and one of the area's most talked-about chefs, Anthony Chittum. Chittum is the former executive chef at Vermillion, in Old Town Alexandria. The Dupont Circle restaurant, formerly the Iron Gate Inn, welcomed diners for more than 80 years to its romantic N Street digs, which date to 1875, and include charming dining spaces in a former stable and outdoor seating. It closed in 2010, when the former restaurant operator couldn't come to an agreement on a new lease price for the space. Chittum and NRG plan to open the restaurant this summer, as Iron Gate, focusing on the flavors of southern Italy and Greece. So what does a …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Parents interested in learning more about the camp are welcome to register.
Parents interested in learning more about the Arcadia Farm Camp will have the opportunity to visit the site and ask questions at its Open House next week. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the site at Woodlawn Plantation as well as meet previous Farm Camp parents and Arcadia's Farm Education Manager. All participants must register so Arcadia can provide enough materials for the Open House activities. Arcadia Farm Camp Open House will take place at 10 a.m. on April 27. Registration is free and kids are welcome. To register, click here.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Are the founders of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture planning a 100-seat restaurant at Woodlawn?
The founders of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture reportedly have plans to expand their agricultural services at Woodlawn Plantation with proposals for a restaurant that would eventually take over space now occupied by Woodlawn Stables. Among those plans, Arcadia could be planning to create a restaurant at Woodlawn to make the National Trust for Historic Preservation property more financially feasible for the struggling property. Woodlawn has laid off a number of employees due to budget constraints. Although the people behind Arcadia would not comment about any possible restaurant plans, Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland told Patch he thought Arcadia wanted to partner with Woodlawn in order to help Woodlawn's …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Inova's Food Stamp Enhancement Program and Buy Fresh, Buy Local sponsorship has helped encourage food stamp recipients to purchase local foods.
Inova Health System’s Food Stamp Enhancement Program has helped many participants purchase fresh foods at Northern Virginia farmers markets with SNAP benefits. In 2012 Inova matched $3,472 in SNAP transactions, more than double last year’s match, according to the Buy Fresh Buy Local and Food Stamp Enhancement Program year-end report. As of September 2012 there were more than 109,000 people receiving SNAP benefits in Northern Virginia. Inova Health System is the only health care system in the nation to affiliate with Buy Fresh Buy Local as the sponsor of the Northern Virginia Chapter. Inova worked with five local farmers markets as part of the Food Stamp Enhancement Program, including Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture in …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Take a look at this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
Each week, Patch brings you the top headlines from the Route 1 corridor. Mount Vernon Patch Fairfax County Police arrested dozens of suspects on drug and weapons charges as part of a yearlong investigation in Fairfax County. Maureen Moodie, Farm Director at Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture, has left Arcadia for a new job at Moutoux Orchards in Loudoun County. Fort Hunt Patch UCM, Shelter House Inc., and Northern Virginia Family Services joined forces to host the True Reality Sleep Out event on Friday. A development along Richmond Highway will be providing some funds toward an artificial turf field for a local high school, according to community updates Monday evening from Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland and others. However…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Farmer Maureen Moodie has worked at Arcadia since 2010.
Farmer Maureen “Mo” Moodie has been the Farm Director at Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Woodlawn Plantation for the last two and a half years. Moodie left Arcadia on Oct. 13 to serve as the Farm Director at Moutoux Orchard in Purcellville. Moodie holds a masters degree in cultural anthropology from George Washington University, where she studied sustainable agriculture from a cultural anthropology standpoint. She volunteered and interned at farms in California and fell in love with farming. After graduating from GWU, she took an apprenticeship at Radix Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md. and managed a nonprofit urban farm at Fort Totten in D.C. before starting at Arcadia two years ago. Moodie sat down with Patch to talk about her …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Farm Director Maureen Moodie has left Arcadia Farm after two and a half years.
Arcadia Farm Director Maureen Moodie has left Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture at Woodlawn Plantation for a new position. Moodie, whose last day was Saturday, is now managing the vegetable farm at Moutoux Orchards in Loudoun County. Arcadia Farm, located at Woodlawn Plantation at 9000 Richmond Highway in Mount Vernon, consistst of a farm and educational children’s garden providing a model of sustainable agriculture. Woodlawn is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. During her tenure at Arcadia, Moodie oversaw all the farm production, planning and programming. She earned her master's degree in Cultural Anthropology, studying small-scale farmers and the local food movement. “Over the last 2 1/2 …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Groups of up to 50 students in second through fourth grade are welcome to visit Arcadia Farm.
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Monday, September 10, 2012
Arcadia Center For Sustainable Food and Agriculture is now registering groups for its fall field trips. Arcadia Farm will offer hands-on experiences for students to learn about farming and the farm-to-table process. Groups of up to 50 students in second, third, or fourth grade will visit the farm located at Woodlawn Plantation. Arcadia Farm field trips will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 11 to Nov. 1. According to an email sent by Arcadia, "The field trips are aligned with age-appropriate curriculum standards, and teach students 1) how to grow food sustainably with the natural cycles of the earth; 2) which fruits and vegetables are available in our region during different times of the year; 3) how farm-fresh food is …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Arcadia Farm holds mobile market Thursdays at the South County Center and Saturdays at Woodlawn Plantation.
When Ed Avalos was a boy in New Mexico, an old man regularly visited the streets of Las Cruces with a horse-drawn wagon, bringing seasonal produce. “His farm was on the outskirts of town, so every morning he’d load up and go through the neighborhoods,” Avalos said. “And these were all, what we would call today, underserved communities. And he would bring fresh, locally grown produce to the communities.” Today, Avalos is undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his interest in mobile markets has not waned. Avalos stopped by the South County Center in Mount Vernon Thursday to talk with employees of Arcadia Farm's mobile market and learn how the market operates. “When they told me about a…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Families can visit the chicken coop and participate in farm-based games.
Arcadia Farm will host a Family Fun Day event this Saturday at Woodlawn Plantation. Kids and their parents can participate in watching cooking demos, visiting the chicken coop, playing farm-based games, participating in arts and crafts, having face painting and more. Professional guest chefs will also be teaching families how to prepare nutritious snacks. Arcadia’s new Mobile Market will also be available for tours. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.