40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, the Adams Morgan neighborhood celebrated Michael Tabor and the Licking Creek Bend Farm for 40 continuous years of bringing sustainably grown and affordable produce to the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Supporters of this celebration included Adams Morgan Mainstreet, the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and with a generous grant from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C. Former Councilmember Jim Graham and other representatives from the community will offer comments. There were local musicians, food and fun, all from the neighborhood.
The Licking Creek Bend Farm's philosophy is to bring sustainably grown, affordable produce to mixed income neighborhoods in DC. Michael began coming to the Adams Morgan market at 18th and Columbia Roads, NW, which, in 1972 was a dirt triangle on the corner. With the coming of the bank, the Adams Morgan neighborhood negotiated a long term lease for the space to be designated for the farmers market. The DC City Council also designated parking on Columbia Road for farm vehicles.
Through the years, the bank changed ownership, each honoring the agreement with the neighborhood, with one almonst exception. Rumors abounded in 1996 that the new bank, Crestar, might not honor the "historic commitment to the neighborhood to allow the Farmers Market to continue". With more than 450 neighborhood signatures to a petition, and city support, on June 12, 1996, Peter Nostrand, then President of Crestar Bank, sent a letter of support to Michael, and wrote,
"At a time when many communities are fragmented, the cohesiveness of the Adams Morgan neighborhood has helped to preserve a local tradition."
This is a testament to the Adams Morgan neighborhood and to Michael, who's commitment to Adams Morgan has endured these 40 years.
The Licking Creek Bend farm welcomes the WIC and SNAP subsidy programs. Our loyal customers create an atmosphere of the "village square" where neighbors come to shop for their week's fruits and vegetables and to see friends and chat about recipes, the neighborhood, children, pets, and politics!