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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 …

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 — 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 …

#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 …

#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 …

#VeggieWednesday — Okra

It’s #VeggieWednesday! How well do you know okra? Two new heirloom varieties of okra we are growing this year are a red okra called Bowling Red and a dwarf green okra called Cajun Jewel. The last couple of weeks, we have been able to distribute an early harvest of okra to our CSA customers and Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

It’s #VeggieWednesday! A favorite of many during the summer is tomatoes, and we grow many types of tomatoes, including large, small, heirloom, and cherry tomatoes. Because of the late frost earlier this year and the hail storm recently, our tomato harvests have been smaller than normal, but our tomatoes are recovering and coming in beautifully. Read More …

#VeggieWednesday — New Potatoes

It’s #VeggieWednesday! Here at Red Wiggler, we grow red, blue, and white potatoes, and last week, we had our first potato harvest of the season! After waiting for the 1st two rows of potato plants to die, we used the new tractor-pulled potato digger to uproot the spuds. Next, we went in by hand to Read More …