Our unique 3-part Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides high-quality, certified organic vegetable shares to over 1900 people across the region. This partnership between our surrounding community and the organizations that help to distribute our food supports our mission and provides the sense of responsibility that makes the Growers' work in the fields so meaningful.
In 2020 we made a shift in our distribution model. Our previous goal was to distribute 30% of our produce to low-income households. Given the increased need, we have permanently raised that goal to 50% to better serve our community members through our Farm to Food Bank (F2FB) and Farm to Group Home (F2GH) programs.
In our traditional CSA, households in our community "buy in" to the CSA early in the year to receive vegetables, flowers and herbs each week of the growing season. As a Traditional CSA member, you support our work to provide meaningful jobs to people with developmental disabilities, and nurture a healthy community. In exchange, we provide you with organically grown vegetables, herbs and flowers as part of a weekly, on-farm experience. Joining our CSA is a great way to to get to know us, support our mission, and put healthier food on your table. Learn more here.
Through our strong relationships with Manna Food Center, Community Food Rescue, and other local food aid organizations, Red Wiggler delivers fresh vegetables throughout the season to individuals in need in Montgomery County. These deliveries take the form of bulk deliveries to food pantries like Upcounty Hub, Clarksburg CAN and So What Else, that work hard to get highly nutritious vegetables on the tables of families in need in our region. In addition, we pack individual, CSA-style bags for families at 2 local elementary schools, through a partnership with Manna Food Center and Linkages to Learning.
Red Wiggler partners with multiple group home agencies to deliver fresh produce to over 100 group homes in Montgomery County. Deliveries of familiar items like tomatoes, cucumbers and squash enable group home residents and their support staff to easily enjoy local, seasonal produce that might otherwise be difficult to obtain. Organizations we worked with in 2022 include ARC of Montgomery County, Community Support Services and Makom.
Our F2GH and F2FB programs are paid for by group home agencies, food banks, grants and individual donations. To support these programs and make healthy food accessible to local families in need, make a donation here!