City Grown, 2.10.16, "Microclimates"

It’s cold outside. BREAKING NEWS, I know. And I get that DC ain’t Massachusetts, nor Michigan, nor Manitoba. But the February temperatures here are, during many days and most nights, quite inhospitable to life. As in, my life! I’ve learned that lesson a lot recently, as I’ve worked on our new high tunnel, as I’ve managed our compost system, as I’ve jerry-rigged a winter watering setup. No matter how many layers I put on, the cold eventually seeps in, and the resulting shiver is deeper than you thought possible. My fingers are often blue and chapped. My sinuses are perma-congested.

City Grown, 2.4.16 - "Imaginary Friends"

This week has been a big imagination week on the farm. This imagining is fun, yes, but it also has consequences, and needs to be done well. We’ve got to start spending money, we’ve got to start putting in time, and those are limited resources! I’ve got to be smart.

Learn how to Cook Healthy using Local & Seasonal Produce

Sign up for our Healthy Cooking workshop series and learn how to use local & seasonal produce!

This FREE program is being offered in partnership with UDC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

5 Sessions from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 16
Thursday, February 18
Tuesday, February 23
Thursday, February 25
Tuesday, March 1

Income-qualifying attendees will be eligible for a low-cost weekly vegetable bag from Common Good City Farm!

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Learn how to make Herb-Infused Oils & Salves!

Suffering from dry skin & chapped lips from the winter?
Want to learn how to use herbs medicinally?

Sign up for our Herbal-Infused Oils & Salves workshop!
Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
St. George's Church, 160 U St NW

Learn which herbs can be used for topical application
Infuse & take home an oil for medicinal or massage purposes
Create & take home a salve or lip balm from your infused oil

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City Grown, 1.27.16 - "New Light, New Season"

In retrospect, my farmer-destiny should have been clear to me as a kid when I realized just how much I loved the Winter Solstice. Maybe it’s that I’m an introvert, but while everyone else bemoaned the lack of light, I found it calming. The deep darkness of December and January gave me the chance to draw inward, to rest and refill reservoirs, to indulge fanciful dreams and ambitions, to make ever-more-audacious plans for the coming year. At the same time, the prospect of returning light focused my mind, knowing that the busy and chaotic days of spring and summer were on their way.

Thank You for an Amazing 2015!

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2015~How We've Grown
2015 was an exciting year for Common Good City Farm full of enhancements to our urban farm site, programmatic development, and organizational capacity building. As we continue to evolve as an organization, our ability to thoughtfully meet the needs of our community and fulfill our mission becomes even greater.

In 2015, we proudly:

  • Engaged over 800 young people in sustainable agriculture, nutrition, workplace readiness, and food access education through our Youth Employment Program, LEAF After-School, and Farm Field Trips
  • Sign up for the 2016 Herbal Apprenticeship Program

    Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2016 flyer

    Enhance your herbal knowledge and experience with herbalist Tricia McCauley at Common Good City Farm. Through a series of ten workshops over seven months, apprentices will gain hands-on experience while working with approximately fifty different herbs in the farm’s medicinal herb bed. Participants will follow the herbs as the change through the season learning how to plant, transplant, maintain, and harvest.

    Join Us at Rooting DC on Sat, Feb 27

    Hi Everyone!

    Join us at Rooting DC, the 9th annual forum on urban agriculture in DC!
    Register today!

    Rooting DC
    Saturday, February 27
    9 am - 4 pm
    Wilson High School
    3950 Chesapeake St NW,
    Washington DC 20016

    Stop by our table in our Information Fair!

    And check out our Farm Manager Brian's workshop on
    Tools and Machinery for Urban Farms, Gardens, & Homesteads
    Session D ( 3 - 4 pm)
    Rm 304

    Welcome to our new Farm Manager! Meet Brian...

    Brian Massey is a farmer, writer, and educator. He was a classroom teacher and school garden educator for many years in Washington, DC, before leaving to spend a year working and learning at The Farm School in Orange, MA. At The Farm School, Brian helped grow vegetables on 11 acres for a 200-member CSA, while also building barns and caring for many different species of livestock. Brian and his partner, Ellie, recently welcomed their first child into the world, and they’ve rapidly created an urban homestead in Mount Rainier, MD.

    Compost System Undergoing Changes!

    Hi All! We are in the process of modifying and improving our compost system at the farm. Our goals are still to provide a manageable and sanitary way for community members to turn their food waste into high-quality compost. To that end, with the help of DC's Department of Parks and Recreation, we have built a new set of compost bins and will soon be starting a compost cooperative.

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