Sarah Holway

A native Washingtonian, Sarah Holway spent her college years exploring San Francisco with her twin lens reflex camera before returning home to teach elementary art. A constant gardener, she managed an urban Farm at Walker Jones Elementary School, and, at Bancroft Elementary she and her students helped First Lady Michelle Obama plant, harvest and cook from the White House garden. In 2010 she left teaching to co-found DC Greens, a non-profit organization that advances food justice, where she worked for 11 years, and was a fierce advocate for funding and staffing school gardens. She chaired the DC Schoolyard Greening Committee for seven years and supported the school garden movement in DC by coordinating professional development workshops for school garden coordinators, and hosting regional school garden summits. She has since relocated to the wilds of Virginia where she bought and restored a home built in 1820 in the historic village of Waterford. In her spare time, alongside her husband Matt, she manages a half-acre of vegetables, flowers and herbs, a herd of goats and flock of chickens. She recently opened The Corner Store, a quaint village shop that sells local, handmade and found things for the home and garden. She serves on the board of the Waterford Foundation and, as a white descendent of colonizers who enslaved Africans and stole land from the Cherokee people, she is committed to understanding her responsibility as a beneficiary of this, and to working towards justice, equality and reparations.


Building a sustainable foodshed from farm and fishery to table