Gail Taylor

Gail Taylor is the owner/ operator of Three Part Harmony Farm located on a 2-acre parcel in northeast Washington, DC. Our mantra defines 20140716_bls_urbanfarmers_296our core principles: Food as Medicine. Food as Culture. Food for our Future. Three Part Harmony Farm (3PH) grows mostly vegetables as well as fruit, herbs, cut-flowers and has a greenhouse nursery operation that supplies local community and school gardens as well as two locally owned hardware stores.

A long-time resident of the District, Taylor has worked as an organizer and social justice activist focusing on Latin America solidarity (internationally) and affordable housing issues (locally.) She has been farming organically for 10 years. Three Part Harmony Farm is a project that was born out of a community-led visioning process that began in 2011. The desire to establish a production focused vegetable farm in DC to grow food for family, friends and the surrounding community combined with Taylor’s background in activism and policy advocacy led to a three-year campaign, “I Want DC to Grow.” This resulted in the passage of the DC Food Security Act of 2014, also known as DCs Farm Bill which sets the stage for 3PH and others to grow commercially in the district.

Three Part Harmony Farm exists to grow food for people, but it also exists in part to challenge our assumptions on how urban farms should look. It intentionally seeks to create a viable and just local food economy while at the same time dismantling racism and the ever present, entrenched forms of oppression in that same food system. How sustainable is sustainable agriculture when it comes to the litmus test of economic and community needs, not just in terms of the environment?

Taylor speaks regularly on food and farming issues and has been featured in The Washington Post for her role as a leader in the urban ag movement. In 2015, she was featured as one of Fifty+ under 50: Innovative leaders transforming metro DC’s food system. She is a member of the Seed Keeper’s Collective, Ecohermanas, and co-founder of Community Farming Alliance.

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