In the LeDroit Park community, where the Farm is located, one third of residents live in poverty, one in five is overweight, and nearly one in ten has diabetes. One of the only full-fledged urban farms in the District, Common Good was created to help families meet their food needs and to educate and empower them. It distributes free and low-cost food to at-risk adults and families and teaches residents valuable skills like container gardening, composting, and serving their families healthier meals on a budget. Adults can also volunteer for 12 weeks in exchange for rigorous farm training or vouchers that can be used to purchase farm produce. The Farm also offers educational opportunities, after-school science lessons (from beets to bees), and programs for little farmers (children 18 months to three years old). Volunteers from throughout the city and from diverse backgrounds come together to teach, learn, and lend a hand because promoting a sustainable, local food system is something we can all support.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; LeDroit Park, Shaw, Bloomingdale

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Pounds of produce distributed:   5,200
  • Number of youth educated:   700
  • Volunteers engaged in hands-on farming and produce distribution:   600
  • Low-income individuals and families receiving fresh produce:   80

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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Common Good City Farm is: Less than $500k

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