Author: Sandy Yuen

2020 DMV Food Recovery Week: Tours at Our Farm

From October 12-17, 2020, Manna Food Center’s Community Food Rescue and DC Food Recovery Working Group cohosted the 2020 DMV Food Recovery Week. The week’s activities culminated with tours at Red Wiggler Community Farm. Check out this video from WDVM (localDVM.com) about our participation: https://www.localdvm.com/news/maryland/organizations-tackle-food-insecurity-with-dmv-food-recovery-week/ A big THANK YOU to everyone for participating in the Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Our 2020 Interns!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Red Wiggler Community Farm’s 2020 interns who were with us ranging from April to October. Our interns are an important part of our team and work alongside staff and Growers in everyday farm tasks, such as planting, harvesting, composting, weeding, and pest management. This year, our six interns (Annabelle, Charlie, Dylan, Read More …

Thank you for celebrating with us!

Thank you for celebrating with us! We are blown away by the support of our community. Thanks to all of you, we surpassed our goal of raising $15,000 and raised over $20,000! In a year as tough as 2020, seeing our community come together to continue supporting our efforts to create fertile ground to nourish Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Mustard Greens

It’s #VeggieWednesday – and today, it’s all about mustard greens! Mustard greens are the leaves of the mustard plant (a cruciferous veggie), and we grow 3 varieties of mustard greens: Green Wave, Red Giant, and Amara. Mustard greens have crumpled or flat leaves that have scalloped, frilled, or lacy edges. Mustard greens are packed full Read More …

Praying Mantis

It’s time for some fun! Look what we found recently — a beautiful praying mantis! We believe it’s a native Carolina mantis. Here are some #funfacts about mantises. They: * have two eyes and great vision. * are carnivores and eat other insects live. * can turn their heads side to side and a full Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Jackie!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Jackie, Red Wiggler Community Farm’s Seasonal Crew Leader! Jackie works with teams of Growers, interns, and others on tasks throughout the farm such as harvesting, transplanting, and post-harvest sorting and packing. Prior to coming to Red Wiggler, Jackie worked at an urban farm in Baltimore as a Farm Educator, as well as at educational Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Hot Peppers

It’s #VeggieWednesday – and today, it’s all about hot peppers! Red Wiggler grows many peppers, from mild sweet to hot. Hot peppers (or chiles/chilis) are nutritious and rich in vitamins A, C, and E. Benefits include promoting weight loss, reducing cancer risk, promoting a healthy heart, reducing migraines, clearing one’s sinuses, suppressing psoriasis, and fighting the Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Sam!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Sam! Sam was hired as a Grower in 2007. Since then, Sam has taken on tremendous leadership, helping new staff learn the farm and assumed additional responsibilities to keep things running. Sam has good knowledge of farm practices and the hows and whys of what we do, for example, irrigation, cover Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Eggplant

It’s #VeggieWednesday – and today, it’s all about eggplants! Eggplants (or aubergines), known for their deep rich purple color and spongy texture, are really berries and not veggies. Eggplants are in the nightshade family, just like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and tobacco. A new variety of eggplant we are growing this year is the Annina F1. The Annina Read More …

Recycled Irrigation Bags

Red Wiggler uses drip tape for irrigation out in the fields. As animals will eat holes into drip tape, drip tape typically only lasts 1 to 2 seasons. Each fall, we assess whether we can reuse drip tape or not. Last winter, instead of throwing out old unusable drip tape, we decided to make recycled Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday — Meet Melissa!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Melissa! Melissa started working at Red Wiggler Community Farm in spring 2015 as Facilities Manager and was promoted to Farm Manager in winter 2017. As Farm Manager, Melissa wears many hats. She coordinates the work of the farm with our programs, fitting the tasks of vegetable production in with our overall mission. For the past Read More …

#MeetTheFarmerMonday — Meet Steve!

It’s #MeetTheFarmerMonday – Meet Steve! Steve was hired as a Grower in 2009. He excels at a wide variety of tasks on the farm, such as seeding, weeding, thinning, planting transplants and seeds, harvesting many veggies, sorting veggies, weighing and bagging produce, and mulching. Steve is adept with many tools, such as a rake, lopper, spading fork, Read More …