The Farm at Cedar Ridge
The farm at Cedar Ridge is a little over half an acre of vegetable and fruit crops, tended by volunteers from our church community and the surrounding neighborhood. Each year we grow between 1 and 2 tons of organic food, which is distributed to people in need, in collaboration with Manna Food Center. Although Maryland is the wealthiest state in the US as measured by median household income (and Montgomery County is the second wealthiest county in Maryland), poverty and hunger are widespread and growing problems.
In a normal year, we welcome all kinds of community involvement! We love having people of all ages and abilities volunteer at times that work for them. We have hosted groups from schools, businesses, organizations working with people with developmental challenges, scout troops, and various faith communities. This year, we had to put in place restrictions to abide by COVID-19 guidelines, which led to labor shortfalls. We were also unable to source all of the seedlings we needed due to the rise in demand caused by more families gardening during this time of needing to stay at home.
Despite this, we still produced, harvested and gave away 2,762lbs of organic fresh vegetables and fruit. Most of the food was taken to neighborhood food pantries and soup kitchens by Manna Food’s Community Food Rescue volunteers. Each month, fresh produce also went to support 20 families with students at nearby Greencastle Elementary School.
The farm has now been planted with cover crops that will rejuvenate the soil for our next growing season, beginning in April 2021. We hope and pray the pandemic will be behind us by that time, and we will be able to extend to you a very warm invitation to join with us in this meaningful work of being “the change we want to see in the world.”
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Photo: Our last weekly harvest of the season. This year we gave away 2,762lbs of organic vegetables and fruit to neighbors in need.