Things are Growing at Common Good City Farm
Jun 11, 2013 04:33AM
Common Good City Farm, in the heart of LeDroit Park, is green with new shoots of asparagus and leafy lettuce. Sitting on a half acre amidst old row homes and a new playground, the residents of this diverse neighborhood have found the farm to be an oasis for fresh vegetables and herbs.
For the past five years, what used to be a baseball field has slowly been cultivated into rich soil to grow crops for community members. The goal of Common Good City Farm, according to farm manager Anita Adalja, is to grow and distribute food for low income families in the neighborhood. In exchange for their participation in the activities of the farm, residents are eligible to receive up to 10 pounds of produce per week. Saturday workshops on nutrition, food preservation, and herbs are offered as an educational component to the farm's mission.
The farm is are able to sell 15% of what is grown to local restaurants and partner, Arcadia Center for Food and Sustainable Agriculture, which operates a mobile farmer's market throughout the District. The farm has extensive programs for the neighborhood youth as well. The after-school Learning for Environment, Agriculture and Food or LEAF program, provides classes about food and cooking and offers space for the neighborhood youth to garden their own plots. Sixteen teens are also hired each summer to participate in an extensive summer job program to tend the garden and participate in workshops about money management, job training and empowerment.
For more information about Common Good Farm, visit CommonGoodCityFarm.org. See ad, page XX. (use Arcadia Center for Food and Sustainable Agriculture)