Nationwide, 85% of adults with intellectual and developmental differences (I/DD) are unemployed. For almost three decades, Red Wiggler has provided meaningful work for this historically under-valued and under-served population as Growers on its organic farm. Each Grower is paired with a mentor and involved in every aspect of farming and distribution, earning fair wages and receiving regular support. Alongside youth volunteers with and without I/DD, they tend to 200+ plant varieties, learning and growing healthy food together. Educational farm experiences for the public promote environmental stewardship while a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program ensures that half of all vegetables harvested are distributed to food banks, community organizations, and neighbors with low incomes. In cultivating the leadership of neurodivergent individuals, Red Wiggler also practices sustainable farming, addresses hunger, and prevents food waste.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; MD-Frederick County; Upper Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

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

Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Notes: Red Wiggler works with both public and private school kids through its service learning program.

Awards & Recognition



  • So Farm, So Good
    Wed Jul 25 2007  
    Seeds of art and diversity grow at Red Wiggler Farm - and the Montgomery county Farm Tour puts them on display.

Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Red Wiggler Community Farm is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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