CARE FARMING NETWORK BLOG
Farm Name: A Farm Less Ordinary
Location: Bluemont, VA
Mission: A Farm Less Ordinary provides employment and a welcoming community to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, while sustainably growing organic food for the metropolitan DC area.
Description: Growing varieties of vegetables (have you ever tried a purple carrot or a foot long green bean?) that are a little less familiar, but just as tasty, A Farm Less Ordinary provides employment for young adults with various intellectual disabilities.
Farm Name: Langton Green Community Farm
Location: Millersville, MD
Mission: Langton Green is committed to guiding individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to live the lives they choose with the highest degree of independence.
Description: Langton Green Community Farm, provides vocational training and work opportunities for interested individuals while serving as a source of food and income for our organization–and a resource for the wider community.
Farm Name: Red Wiggler Community Farm
Location: Germantown, MD
Mission: A sustainable farm where people with and without disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food.
Description: Founded in 1996, Red Wiggler was created to provide meaningful employment and healthy food for adults with developmental disabilities and now serves over 1,500 people annually.
Founded in 1996, Red Wiggler is a sustainable farm where people with and without disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food in Germantown, Maryland. Over the past 25 years, we have developed innovative ways to engage youth and adults with and without disabilities in the growing and distribution of food through employment and education.
While we are always refining and adapting our programs, we have realized our position as a leader in the Care Farming movement. As such, we have established a Care Farming Network in the United States to bring together farms working specifically with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our goal in creating this network is to share our successes, collaborate on challenges, and continue to increase our impact on creating meaningful employment for adults with disabilities through vocational horticultural therapy.
The Care Farming Network is a catalyst for creating and sharing resources for Care Farms to be successful.
Throughout Red Wiggler’s history, Executive Director and Founder, Woody Woodroof, has provided technical assistance to individuals interested in starting up Care Farms. He has provided consultations and support to establish these Care Farms which are operating today: