Growing for Good
You may not realize that over 20,000 families (20% of residents) living in our tri-county area (St Mary’s, Charles and Calvert Counties) struggle to eat with 40% of students living in St. Mary’s County alone on free or reduced lunches. We are doing what we can to help.
Community is everything to us, and we are committed to doing as much as we can for those in need. This included keeping our grounds open to the public during the COVID pandemic to ensure everyone could feel the wind in their hair and to seek mental relief.
In 2014, we began using our land to sustainably grow fresh fruits and vegetables for 31 local food banks and pantries. This year our Growing for Good program, run in partnership with Farmers Feeding Southern Maryland, will celebrate ten years of providing food for those who need it most.
Over the past decade, we have hundreds of volunteers help plant, harvest and drive our produce to where its needed most.
In addition to farming our land, we also till and prep individual home garden plots providing families with dignity, the means to be self-sufficient and the opportunity to give back to their community.
Each year, we:
- Donate over 15,000 pounds of food.
- Provide over 2,000 meals.
- Plant almost 200 family plots.
- The 100 acres of hay land feeds 70 cattle located offsite, producing 8,000 pounds of ground beef each year.
As part of our commitment to organic produce and protecting the region’s natural habitats, we prioritize stormwater and nutrient management practices, and have reduced run-off into local waterways by over 90%. By sustainable farming and preservation, we want to become a site where history meets health and where we can all grow for good, together.
This important work operates without endowment or Government support and relies on our community to bring food to the tables through donations, volunteering, advocacy, visitation, and promotion.
Community volunteers help us tend the gardens, plant seeds, harvest the crops and deliver the produce to the food banks. During COVID, we understand why so many stepped away from in-person volunteering, but we welcome you to join our community once again.
Our Growing for Good program has contributed over 250,000 pounds since inception through its 33 food plots. The 100 acres of hay land feeds 70 cattle located offsite, producing 8,000 pounds of ground beef each year.
As part of its commitment to organic produce, the site is exemplary for its stormwater and nutrient management practices, reducing run-off into local waterways by over 90% and helping to preserve and protect the region’s natural habitats. By sustainable farming and preservation, we want to become a site where history meets health and where we can all grow for good, together.