D.C. Restaurants Grow Local

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:16 PM EDT
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A restaurant group is partnering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to create a nonprofit farm on part of George Washington's estate that will distribute local produce to restaurants and schools around Washington.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group announced plans Wednesday for the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. It will be based at the historic Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Va.

The site originally was part of the first president's Mount Vernon estate but was given to one of his nephews in 1799. Later, it was sold to abolitionists.

Food grown there will be distributed across the region. Birch and Barley, ChurchKey, EatBar, and Rustico are among the restaurants in the group.

The plantation also will offer educational programs about farming.

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