Seeds of Change

fruits & veggiesCity dwellers who want to experience “farm to table” up close and personal should head to Common Good City Farm, a green oasis in LeDroit Park that supplies freshly picked fruits and veggies to DC’s low-income residents*.

Volunteers are needed to work on the farm and help with weeding, planting seeds, painting, and building. Before you can get your hands dirty, you’ll have to attend a 45-minute volunteer training session, which takes place at the farm on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Plants, produce and herbs from the farm are sold at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market (1st and R Street, NW) from 10am – 2pm on Sundays.

In addition to being an urban farm, CGCF is also an education center offering workshops on everything from from composting and pickling veggies to how to cook a healthy meal for the whole family for less than $5.

*Since January 2007, CGCF has provided more than 150 bags of fresh produce to low-income DC families, taught more than 200 DC residents in workshops, engaged more than 250 DC school children, and hosted more than 400 volunteers.

CSA The Day

The Washington Post has a useful article about local community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs). For an annual membership fee, you’ll receive a weekly box of seasonal produce for a set number of weeks. By participating, you not only support local farmers, but you also assure that you will be well stocked with delicious fruits and vegetables that aren’t shipped half way across the world. According to writer Walter Nicholls, more farmers than ever are participating this year and shares sell out fast. So even though it’s still chilly outside, now is the time to sign up.