Imagine an oasis in the heart of the city, free from the noise, asphalt, and stress of urban living. After a long day or week, you can sit under the shade of a fruit tree and decompress. And in this story, you are sitting in a chair provided by Community Forklift.
Located at 300 V St NW in Washington, D.C., Common Good City Farm (CGCF) is a half-acre urban farm that practices sustainability — both in sustainable urban agriculture and also in reuse. Since 2014, Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program has supplied CGCF with free resources for its farm maintenance and repair needs.
Our Community Building Blocks program provides free materials to local nonprofits for projects that benefit the community. CGCF has found many salvaged items at our warehouse including four outdoor chairs for the Fruit Orchard, bricks to create a raised-bed youth garden, cinder blocks, pavers, landscaping power tools, a planter, and more.
In addition to growing food for local residents and partnering with restaurants and small businesses, CGCF provides learning opportunities through workshops and programs. They offer free field trips to the farm to DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter schools where students can learn about hands-on farm work, planting, composting, vegetable harvesting, and insects and pollinators. CGCF also runs the LEAF (Learning for the Environment, Agriculture, and Food) Program, a free youth education program where kids can gain basic gardening skills, prepare meals, and eat.
If you’d like to support CGCF’s work (and have a nice dinner out at the same time!), you can visit for their “Night on the Farm” annual fundraiser. Tickets to the May 3rd event include food and cocktails highlighting farm produce!
Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse. We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.