The farm at Hopkins Apartments has even more color now.
A community mural was unveiled last week, completed with the hard work of residents and local artists, Mark Garrett and Deitrich Williams, as an addition to the D.C. Housing Authority’s Hopkins Farm and Orchard.
“Bringing together residents of all ages to work outside on something that beautifies their community is a great project,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “Our partnership with the 11th Street Bridge Park project has brought fresh vegetables, flowers, fruit, and now vibrant art to the Hopkins neighborhood.”
Part of the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Artist in Residence program, the artists engaged residents of D.C. Housing Authority’s Hopkins Apartments to work on the mural. Residents informed design elements by sharing their feedback and helped paint portions of the mural alongside artists. The mural is a reflection of the farm with herbs, flowers, and produce being grown as well as a reflection of the voices of residents.
“It’s a really nice project to get the community together and also lets people put their hands in something that gives them a sense of ownership and a sense of life at this time,” said Destinee Johnson, an 11th Street Bridge Park program associate.
Residents worked over a week to paint the mural and create signage for their crops. The Hopkins Farm and Orchard has been operating for about three years.