Love & Carrots

Harvest
Washington, DC

Love & Carrots is a home organic gardening service which designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens in DC and the surrounding suburbs.  Organic, locally grown food and fruitful green spaces are beautiful, healthy, and better for the soul. Founded by ecologist Meredith Sheperd, the vision of Love & Carrots is to educate people about the importance of local food and environmental stewardship through gardens. We promote the growth of urban agriculture through a home-based garden education service that teaches families, businesses, and organizations how to grow their own food.

In just two growing seasons, Meredith and her team have installed over 120 vegetable gardens and build new gardens at a pace of 1-3 gardens a week. They retain a Garden Coaching clientele of 52 households and rising. The impact of Love & Carrots’ work is showcased throughout DC, in people’s backyards and on their plates!

Meredith founded Love & Carrots because she believes that home gardening is a critical catalyst in the urban agriculture movement. Home gardening converts lawns from biological deserts into productive ecosystems that are beautiful, healthful, tasty, and better for the environment. Our work offers a visible presence for food production in neighborhoods, reduces food miles, and provides a healthy alternative for city residents.

Love & Carrots strives to bring back the knowledge of growing food that used to be passed between generations. Meredith developed a Coaching Service that uses working shoulder-to-shoulder with clients in their own garden to teach best practices. This hands-on approach gets people excited about good, fresh food and helps people understand why it is important.  All 120 of our gardens incorporate conservation principles like companion planting, nutrient cycling, and water-saving drip line irrigation that are not only good for the garden, but also the surrounding ecosystem.  When possible, we also compost materials on site, converting that “waste” into usable material for next year’s garden.

Recognizing that gardens are only as strong as their pollinator communities, Love & Carrots’ offers beehive installation and management. Our gardens feature native flowering plants, a proven way to foster important pollinator species. In addition, native plants are more adapted to our climate, requiring less water usage and adding year round beauty. 

Love & Carrots is a home organic gardening service which designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens in DC and the surrounding suburbs.  Organic, locally grown food and fruitful green spaces are beautiful, healthy, and better for the soul. Founded by ecologist Meredith Sheperd, the vision of Love & Carrots is to educate people about the importance of local food and environmental stewardship through gardens. We promote the growth of urban agriculture through a home-based garden education service that teaches families, businesses, and organizations how to grow their own food.

In just two growing seasons, Meredith and her team have installed over 120 vegetable gardens and build new gardens at a pace of 1-3 gardens a week. They retain a Garden Coaching clientele of 52 households and rising. The impact of Love & Carrots’ work is showcased throughout DC, in people’s backyards and on their plates!

Meredith founded Love & Carrots because she believes that home gardening is a critical catalyst in the urban agriculture movement. Home gardening converts lawns from biological deserts into productive ecosystems that are beautiful, healthful, tasty, and better for the environment. Our work offers a visible presence for food production in neighborhoods, reduces food miles, and provides a healthy alternative for city residents.

Love & Carrots strives to bring back the knowledge of growing food that used to be passed between generations. Meredith developed a Coaching Service that uses working shoulder-to-shoulder with clients in their own garden to teach best practices. This hands-on approach gets people excited about good, fresh food and helps people understand why it is important.  All 120 of our gardens incorporate conservation principles like companion planting, nutrient cycling, and water-saving drip line irrigation that are not only good for the garden, but also the surrounding ecosystem.  When possible, we also compost materials on site, converting that “waste” into usable material for next year’s garden.

Recognizing that gardens are only as strong as their pollinator communities, Love & Carrots’ offers beehive installation and management. Our gardens feature native flowering plants, a proven way to foster important pollinator species. In addition, native plants are more adapted to our climate, requiring less water usage and adding year round beauty.