Our farm is a little over a half-acre of vegetable and fruit crops, tended by the Cedar Ridge community. Each year we grow well over a ton of organic food, which is given to local groups that serve the hungry and homeless. 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 addition to providing food to neighbors in need, the farm is a way for us to take a stand on the issue of hunger. Through the farm we form alliances with other groups working on this issue. And by sowing and weeding, watering and harvesting, we demonstrate that hungry and homeless people are incredibly precious to God and are worth our time and toil. We also realize, as we serve together, how blessed we are—with food and health, with land and resources, and with a loving community.
During the growing season, we have regular work days (Wednesdays from 6 PM onwards, and Sundays from 8 AM) led by a member of the farm team. You can also help on other days by checking the task list on the back of the farm shed door. You don’t need to have gardening experience, or be a church goer – all are welcome and appreciated. SSL hours are available for middle and high school students. If you are new to the farm, or if you have questions, email the Farm Team.
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If you are interested in delivering produce for the farm, contact the Farm Team to see if there is a date/time that might work for you. Currently, deliveries are made to
- Becky’s House—A small group home for elderly, disabled women who were formerly homeless.
- Carroll House—A medium-sized shelter that helps men transition out of homelessness.
- Park View Community—Support to low-income elderly residents in need.
- Greencastle Elementary School—Support to the Linkages to Learning program for at-risk children.
Come and be a part of bringing veggie-happiness to the homeless and hungry in our local community. Thanks in advance!
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