Red Wiggler Foundation, Inc.

Creating fertile ground to nourish a healthy and inclusive community.

aka Red Wiggler Community Farm   |   Clarksburg, MD   |  www.redwiggler.org

Mission

Red Wiggler Community Farm is a sustainable farm where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food. Since 1996 our Vision has been to create fertile ground to nourish a healthy and inclusive community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Red Wiggler Foundation Inc DBA Red Wiggler Community Farm

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

William (Woody) Woodroof

Main address

PO Box 968

Clarksburg, MD 20871 USA

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EIN

52-1973795

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through the growing and distribution of organic vegetables, RWCF provides employment, education, and food for over 325 adults and 100 youth with developmental disabilities, and 250 youth without disabilities. Vegetables grown through our programming are provided to residents through our Community Supported Agriculture programs. This includes selling shares to 120 families, distribution to Manna Food Center and 100 local group homes serving over 300 adults with disabilities. Our programs incorporate Environmental Stewardship through education, awareness, and action. Annually we serve over 1,900 community members in Montgomery County, MD including youth and adults with and without developmental disabilities through our education and employment programs, and low-income households through our community supported agriculture programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grower Program

We create an inclusive employment opportunities, in all parts of farm operations for a core group of about 16 adults with developmental disabilities. These employees, known as Growers, gain a professional identity as farmers and find meaning in their ability to give back to their community through the growing and distribution of healthy food. Growers cultivate and harvest crops performing all aspects of farming: planting; harvesting; field & facilitates maintenance; tool usage; greenhouse skills. The program develops and tracks vocational, life and social goals for the Growers to work toward independent living. Growers have opportunities to participate in community activities, trips to other farms, and to interact with customers encouraging an inclusive community.

Population(s) Served

We host field trips, farm tours, consultations and workshops for youth and adults with and without developmental disabilities. Through lessons and hands-on activities in and around the fields, Red Wiggler provides tools for and inspires environmental stewardship and healthy eating in each participant.

Population(s) Served

We manage inclusive volunteer opportunities for youth and adults with and without developmental disabilities on the farm. Volunteers gain knowledge and technical skills working side by side with Growers, inspiring environmental stewardship and healthy eating in each participant.

Population(s) Served

Our three-part Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides vegetables to individuals in the immediate community and social service organizations that serve low-income individuals as well as adults with developmental disabilities. Customers receive weekly shares of certified organic produce, newsletters, and recipes that promote healthy eating and environmental stewardship. Through our programs we are committed to providing 30% of our produce to low-income households. a. Gourmet Share: Broken into three seasons, the general public purchases these shares and come to the farm weekly throughout the season to pick up their share of food. b. Farm to Group Home (F2GH): Through a partnership with three social service agencies in Montgomery County, Red Wiggler provides produce to residents living in group homes. Vegetables are distributed both as individual household shares and in bulk deliveries to the agencies to be distributed appropriately. c. Farm to Food Bank (F2FB): A contract with Manna Food Center allows Red Wiggler to make regular deliveries of fresh vegetables to low-income residents in Montgomery County. Through regular bulk vegetable deliveries, Manna is able to distribute these fresh organic vegetables to those in need.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

United States Department of Agriculture - Organic Certifying Agent Accreditation 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FY17 Goals: Grower Program: Goal 1: RWCF will employ and train adults with developmental disabilities. Goal 2: Growers will learn skills that promote independent work. Goal 3: Growers will earn wages based on merit and tenure at RWCF. Goal 4: Create and promote opportunities for meaningful inclusive experiences for Growers. Education Program: Goal 1: Participants will increase their awareness about nutrition. Goal 2: Participants will increase their awareness about sustainable farming. Goal 3: Participants will have meaningful interactions with Growers. Goal 4: Participants will connect with the source of their food. Goal 5: Youth with disabilities will participate in our programs to facilitate personal growth, sensory experiences, and insight into possible career options. Service Learning Goal 1: Participants will have meaningful interactions with Growers. Goal 2: Participants will increase their awareness about sustainable farming. Goal 3: Participants will engage in farming tasks, develop farming skills and prepare for the workforce. Community Supported Agriculture Programs: Goal 1: RWCF will provide fresh vegetables to low-income households. (At least 30% of yield) Goal 2: RWCF's Gourmet CSA program will provide opportunities for inclusive interactions. Goal 3: RWCF's Gourmet CSA customers will improve their health by joining our CSA.

Red Wiggler sets itself apart from other organizations in our area by utilizing a 'Community Farm' setting to cross­functionally serve a range of interconnected Social Service needs. Our programs are unique in our area because of the way that our activities cross from Food Security impacts to Workforce Development activities while running Educational programs in a way that achieves an experience of inclusion while contributing to a healthy community in meaningful ways. Additionally, our commitment to environmentally sensitive farming practices and sound ethics regarding the built environment set us apart from many groups in our area. Red Wiggler collaborates with many other organizations in the area including: 1. Maryland­National Capital Park and Planning Commission: through a public­-private partnership, Red Wiggler leases our 12­acre farm from the MNCPPC. Through this relationship, Red Wiggler is able to deepen our Environmental Stewardship impact. 2. Social Service Agencies (examples: Community Support Services, The Arc of Montgomery County, Manna Food Center, Family Services, Shepard's Table, Nourish Now and DC Central Kitchen) These partnerships provide opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to both work at Red Wiggler, learn skills receive and distribute food grown at the farm. Our target is to provide 30% of our total crop yield to low­-income residents thru the above mentioned Agencies. 3. Local Schools/Groups (Montgomery County Public Schools, Private schools, churches and community groups): collaborations with these groups allow Red Wiggler to provide opportunities for youth and adults to learn and volunteer. 4. Community Groups: (Leadership Montgomery, The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, Community Food Rescue and Future Harvest/CASA): these groups help us to build capacity and broaden our reach in the community.

Red Wiggler is a sustainable farm where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food. Red Wiggler Community Farm (RWCF) is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1996, RWCF's main tenet is to provide meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities through a unique horticulture program that uses organic agricultural practices. Now in our third decade of programming we annually serve over 1,700 community members in Montgomery County, MD. Our 12-acre campus along with a committed staff and board of directors make it possible to successfully run our programs.

Results achieved during FY2016 Grower Program: ­ 15 adults with developmental disabilities were employed ­ Growers worked a total of 6,408 hours ­ Growers earned a total of $64,134 ­ 100% of Growers mastered or learned a skill Education Program: Participants: ­ 131 youth with developmental disabilities ­ 381 youth without developmental disabilities ­ 48 adults with developmental disabilities ­ 665 adults without developmental disabilities Service Learning Program: ­ 10,000 total volunteer hours served Participants: ­ 38 youth with developmental disabilities ­ 201 youth without developmental disabilities ­ 8 adults with developmental disabilities ­ 100 adults without developmental disabilities Community Supported Agriculture ­ 37% of produce was delivered to low­income households ­ 100% of CSA pickups were staffed by Growers ­ increasing the inclusive experience for Growers and customers

Financials

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Red Wiggler Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Learey Sebastian

director & co-founder, ixöq

Term: 2019 - 2023

Cynthia Hamilton

Hamilton-Snober Architects

Jim Heaney

Heaney-Cougar Mgmt. Consultant

Katie Sebastian

GIS Mapping Consultant

Stacy Molander

Partnership for a Healthier America

Chris Garosi

Finance & Business Operations Manager, Conduent

Louis Eby

Retired EPA attorney

Elgin Martin

Development Associate, Manna Food Center

Kim Guey

Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/23/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
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Disability status
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