WASHINGTON, D.C. – Common Good City Farm and Consigli Construction Co., Inc. broke ground today on the final portion of a storage shed that will assist the farm in housing more seasonal produce that can be used by the community. Common Good City Farm is a non-profit urban farm and education center located on a half-acre plot in LeDroit Park. Consigli will be donating their time for this project.
The farm uses sustainable urban farming techniques and includes a vegetable garden, fruit orchard, beehives, and a composting system. In addition to being a community food source, Common Good City Farm is an outdoor learning center, offering agricultural workshops and youth education. The Farm is located on D.C. Parks and Recreation land and is part of the Department’s efforts to connect residents to their local environment.
In 2017, the Washington Architectural Foundation and Catholic University’s School of Architecture worked with a team of high-school students who helped design a storage shed for the farm so more seasonal produce could be used by the community. This project is a unique use of D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation land, that allows for people to actually improve their health through healthy food.
The first part of the shed, for dry storage, was completed last year. Work on the final portion began today.
“Our Foundation’s mission is to bring design to the community and this structure, small though it may be, shows the power of that,” said Mary Fitch, Executive Vice President of the Washington Architectural Foundation. “This project involved high school students, college students, architects and local citizens all with the common goal to support healthy food in our community.” The Foundation is partnering on this project with Consigli , KUBE Architecture and Matthew J. Daw, PE.