Recipe of the Week: Eggplant Ratatouille

We have been harvesting a lot of eggplants at the farm this week! Eggplant is a great source of fiber and is often used as a meat substitute in meals. It is also a great source of potassium. Check out this recipe that features eggplant and uses an abundance of other healthy vegetables!

Faces of the Farm

washing carrotsMeet JaQuan
JaQuan felt lucky to live across the street from a baseball field when he was growing up in public housing in a struggling pocket of Washington DC. It’s where he spent a lot of time playing ball or hanging out with friends after school.

It was a surprise the day the field was fenced off and equipment started digging up the only patch of green for blocks around. And JaQuan was even more surprised – and confused – when he saw the field becoming a farm. A farm in LeDroit Park: it was something he had never heard of and could not fathom.

Recipe of the Week: Green Tomato Salsa

As the weather gets colder, many gardens are left with green tomatoes on the vine that just won't ripen. However, unripe green tomatoes can be delicious just like red ones! Green tomatoes are firmer, more tart, and crunchier than red tomatoes, and can be prepared many different ways, such as frying, baking, or pickling. Check out this recipe for green tomato salsa for an easy way to use some of those green tomatoes!

We had a great time at the Green Festival!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us online and visited us at the DC Green Festival this past weekend. We were honored to be a finalist for the Ford Community Green Grant, and our staff and youth interns had a great time talking with supporters at the Green Festival. A big congratulations to our partner Arcadia for winning the $5,000 prize from Ford.

Faces of the Farm

Meet Vivian!

Vivian is a long-time friend of the farm. Originally from Liberia, Vivian now lives in the neighborhood and has been coming to the farm since it was first started in Ledroit Park. When Vivian visits the farm, she likes to harvest and occasionally weed. Her favorite vegetables are corn, collards, okra, and eggplants. She also introduced us to the delicious and nutritious sweet potato green! In the picture, Vivian is helping us sort tomatoes.

Get your tickets to A Night on the Farm NOW to help us raise an additional $5,000

All of us at Common Good City Farm have been busy putting together an exciting night of farm, food, and community and now we need your help! We have been offered a challenge and YOU can help us achieve our goal. If we sell 100 tickets to A Night on the Farm between now and Monday, September 23rd, we will receive an additional $5,000 in event sponsorship.

Farm Will Be Closed This Sunday

We will not be having regular normal open hours or LEAF this Sunday, September 22nd, due to our participation in the DC Green Festival. We will be at the farm on Sunday morning, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, so if you'd like to stop by during that time to volunteer, please do. And be sure to come visit us at the Green Festival on both Saturday 9/21 and Sunday 9/22...we appreciate your support!

Recipe of the Week: Spinach and Beet Salad

Our spinach is finally ready to harvest at the farm! Spinach provides many important nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin K, and iron. Combine this healthy green with the natural energy and high nutrient content of beets, and you have a recipe that is both delicious and healthy!

Help Common Good win $5,000 with just one click!

We're excited to be one of five finalists for the Ford Community Green Grant. The winner will be announced at the DC Green Festival this Sunday, September 22nd. Help us win by voting online! You can vote once a day, from now until Sunday. Vote here:

Faces of the Farm

Meet Brian!

Brian is one of Common Good's farm volunteers. He first started volunteering at the farm right after it was established in LeDroit Park in 2009! In the picture, Brian is harvesting microgreens for our Small Enterprise program. Brian loves all kinds of farm work, from harvesting, to bed-building, to weeding. In fact, he likes farming so much that he's about to start a year-long farm apprenticeship at the Farm School in Massachusetts! Good luck, Brian!


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