Nestled into the Western side of LeDroit Park near Howard University is Common Good City Farm, a half-acre garden that couples education outreach with food production. A non-profit, their mission is to increase food access for low-income DC residents and to provide training in production, sustainability, and nutrition. With rows of vegetable beds alongside fruit trees and herb plants, the farm is visibly and tangibly achieving these goals.
|Common Good is the epitome of an urban garden|
Much like Arcadia, Common Good is committed to providing an affordable and sustainable alternative to the conventional food system. Many of their efforts are focused on encouraging active citizenship across all age groups. One of their ongoing programs is the Summer Youth Program -- a six-week session that employs high school age students, teaching them about farming, the environment, and life skills.
|The number of beds contained in the small space is impressive|
We are thrilled to bring our Mobile Market to LeDroit Park every week in partnership with Common Good, where their food can be sold on a hyper-local level to our customers. Red Russian Kale and Swiss Chard are some of our customers' favorites out of Common Good's garden.
|Ben harvests some of Common Good's herbs|
From the first time I set foot inside Common Good's gates, I knew that it was a special place. With vibrant and disparate communities surrounding the park, a garden is the perfect place for people of all walks of life to congregate and work side by side. As the plants grow, so do the connections to the area's residents. The result is a beautiful garden that always has an array of smiling faces amongst the beds.
The business from both our Wednesday 4-7pm Mobile Market stop at LeDroit park and our two earlier market stops that day often leaves us sold out of some products, so we are always thankful that Common Good is there to help replenish our stock.
|The beloved leafy greens|
We are proud to be associated with the great work that Common Good does, and thankful that we get to visit their site on a weekly basis! Be sure to stop by the garden the next time you're filling your market basket at our LeDroit Park Mobile Market stop.