Recipe of the Week: Healthy Ranch Dressing

Every week we will post a recipe featuring fresh ingredients that can be harvested right from Common Good City Farm. By Elizabeth Packer

Ranch dressing is the most popular kind of salad dressing in the United States today. We pour it on salads and dip everything from pizza crust to chicken fingers to carrots in it. But ranch dressing, which is normally made with buttermilk and sour cream, is high in calories and fat. A typical 2 tablespoon serving contains 15 grams of fat!

Here’s a healthier, low-fat alternative to make at home. At Common Good, we served our ranch with cut up carrots and bell peppers that we harvested from the farm, but this dip is sure to be delicious with any of your favorite vegetables!

Join Us for a Chocolate, Wine and Cheese Pairing Benefit

Join us for a chocolate, cheese, and wine pairing celebration benefiting Common Good City Farm!!

Come to Cocova, DC’s premier chocolate shop to enjoy John & Kira’s chocolate, paired with gourmet wine and cheese while meeting the folks that grow the mint and rosemary incorporated into these unique chocolates!!

U.S. Surgeon General Promotes a Nation of Healthier Habits

By Abby Massey

We were excited to welcome the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, on August 3, for the Summer Youth Program’s final Friday Community Lunch. The Crew Workers cooked a healthy lunch with Chef Ebeth Johnson of Whole Foods Market P St using produce from the farm, gave the Surgeon General a guided tour of the farm, and dined with her and community members.

Common Good City Farm’s Teen Farmers Excel

By Abby Massey

For six of the hottest weeks in DC this summer, 16 teens from Washington D.C. and the metro region worked over 90 hours to maintain Common Good’s urban farm. In addition to working on the farm, they volunteered on other farms around the city and Virginia and participated in 60 hours of workshops about gardening, nutrition, sustainable food systems and life skills. The crew workers’ ages ranged from 14 to 17, with varying levels of farm experience—most had never set foot on a farm while a couple of the youth had farmed on a weekly basis.

Sponsor our 5th Year Anniversary Celebration, A Taste of Common Good!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Common Good City Farm is growing up! This year, we'll be celebrating our 5th Anniversary by kicking off our new signature event, Taste of Common Good! On Thursday, October 11th at 5pm, we're expecting 150 guests to join us 'down on the farm' for a live jazz performance and fresh, local tastings prepared by some of DC's hottest chefs.

Farm CLOSED on Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hello CGCF friends! The farm will be closed THIS Thursday, August 9th for the Summer Youth Program's Family Feast. We do apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you as always for your support and all you do to make CGCF a success!


Common Good City Farm

Friday Aug. 3, 2012
12:30 TO 1:30 PM
V Street NW between 2nd and 4th

Contact: Stephanie Slewka 202 347-6002


WASHINGTON DC – Teenagers in Common Good City Farm’s summer youth program host Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA for a community lunch of healthy food they’ve helped grow in LeDroit Park, Washington DC.

August 3rd Community Lunch with Whole Foods Market!

Thanks to Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel for a great event last week, and to all who joined us!

This week's lunch is with Whole Foods Market on P Street .

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Space is limited to first 20 guests who rsvp to

July 27th Community Lunch with Meridian Pint!

Thanks to Blind Dog Cafe for a great event on July 20th, and to all who joined us!

Last week's lunch, with Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel was also a success!!

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July 20th Community Lunch with Blind Dog Cafe!

First, thanks to Bacio Pizzeria for a great event last week, and to all who joined us!

This week's lunch is with Blind Dog Cafe

More information at

Space is limited to first 20 guests who rsvp to

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm


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