DIY Institute: Green Building Series


As you may know, Community Forklift is located in the Port Towns area, just outside NE DC near the historic Port of Bladensburg.  For centuries, this area has been an important center for commerce and industry.  In colonial times, before runoff filled the port with silt, tall ships would pull up to the docks and load up with barrels of tobacco.  Today, the area is crisscrossed by train tracks, and hundreds of suppliers and tradespeople operate out of industrial parks along the Kenilworth Avenue corridor.  

But the next chapter is being written in Port Towns history, as we receive national attention for the growing number of green businesses and activity here.  One block from Community Forklift, you’ll find ECO City Farms, an educational, not-for-profit enterprise designed to serve as a prototype for sustainable local farming.  They sum it up this way:  “We grow great food, farms, and farmers.” 

Check out this great series they are offering right now!  It is open to the public, and sounds really fun.


Want to build a new world and not afraid to get your hands dirty?  Have you ever wanted to implement your own green building project at home or in your community but couldn’t find practical hands-on experience?  ECO City Farms is excited to announce our new DIY Institute: Green Building Series, a program of hands-on courses in sustainability skills and strategies for local self-reliance.  Please check out our course offerings and do spread the word to your networks!  Come learn new skills with us in a dynamic farm learning environment with experienced instructors.

  • Intro to Permaculture : (Fri, August 17th)
  • Hoophouse Design/Build with PGCC : (Fri, September 7th)
  • Greywater and Rainwater Capture : (Sat, September 15th)
  • Greenroofs for small structures : (Sat, September 29th)
  • Build an Earthen Oven : (Sat & Sun, October 20th & 21st)

Click Here to view full description and see registration information!


Adam Schwartz
Farm Manager, ECO City Farms
Port Towns, MD

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