The Community Farm at Cedar Ridge

The community 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 about 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.

Through the hard work of our many volunteers, and with the help of a grant from Montgomery County, we grew more than 20 different types of crops and harvested 3,450 lbs of ┬áproduce in 2023. Most of our farm 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 low-income families with students at nearby Greencastle Elementary School.

Each 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.

Right now, the farm is closed for winter, but we will plant our spring crops on Saturday April 6, 10 AM – 12 noon. During the farming season, we meet on the farm every Thursday evening 6-8 PM (weather permitting), and in the summer months, we also gather on Sundays 9-11 AM. During these times we plant, weed, water and harvest the crops. Additional regular work sessions are added as needed. We have all the tools and equipment, but we ask people to dress to get dirty and bring a water bottle. There are tasks for all ages and abilities.

If you are interested in helping on the farm, please contact us at thefarm@crcc.org.

Photos from the Farm

Photo: Bean seeds carefully spaced.

Photo: Freshly harvested produce.