Unhealthy eating habits and lack of access to fresh food are creating a crisis, especially in some DC neighborhoods. In the LeDroit Park community, where Common Good City Farm is located, one third of the residents live in poverty, one in five is overweight, and nearly one in 10 has diabetes. The only full-fledged urban farm in the District, Common Good was created to help families meet their food needs and to educate and empower them. It distributes free and low-cost food to at-risk adults and families and teaches residents valuable skills like how to start container gardens, compost their household's food waste, and serve their families healthier meals on a tight budget. The Farm also offers on-site education opportunities, after-school science lessons (from beets to bees), and a three-season youth employment program. Volunteers from throughout the city and from diverse backgrounds come together to teach, learn, and lend a hand --because promoting a sustainable, local food system is something we can all support. You can help this young program take root.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; LeDroit Park, Shaw, Bloomingdale

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income


  • Pounds of produce distributed:   5,200
  • Number of youth educated:   700
  • Volunteers engaged in hands-on farming and produce distribution:   600
  • Low-income individuals and families receiving fresh produce:   80

Awards & Recognition

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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Common Good City Farm is: Less than $500k

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