Common Good City Farm (CGCF) is a place where community members can source fresh food, see sustainable urban agriculture in action, and gain exposure to concepts and skills to lead healthy lives. Our mission is to create a vibrant, informed, and well-nourished community through urban farming. We actively engage with all members of our diverse community and create opportunities for connections on our farm, while emphasizing intensive vegetable production and modeling best practices in sustainable urban agriculture.
Unhealthy eating habits and lack of access to fresh food are a crisis for many Americans and the problem is acute in some district neighborhoods. The US Surgeon General estimates that since 1980 obesity in the United States has more than doubled among children ages 2-5 and more than tripled among those ages 6-19. In the LeDroit Park community where Common Good City Farm is, one third of the residents live in poverty. At least one in five are overweight. Nearly one in 10 has diabetes. A lack of affordable, fresh produce is a factor related to each of these health concerns. We hope our programs will serve as an agent of change in the DC community to help combat these disturbing trends.
CGCF actively engages all members of our diverse community and creates opportunities for connection, contributing to the vibrancy and sense of place in our community.
With an emphasis on producing food for community members, CGCF demonstrates intensive, small-scale sustainable urban agricultural practices and participates in all parts of the food system, including: food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management. CGCF creates and models best practices that are replicable.
Since January 2007, CGCF has provided over 10 tons of fresh produce to the community, engaged over 2,700 adults and 4,500 young people in educational programs, and hosted over 3,000 volunteers.
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