A Helping Hands Story: Common Good City Farm

It Feels Good to Give Back! Our Michael & Son technicians come across some incredible people with heartbreaking stories. When they find they have nowhere to turn in a time of need, that’s when we come in…to lend a helping hand!

Common Good City Farm is an urban farm that teaches agricultural skills and provides fresh produce to the DC community. Their mission is “to create a vibrant, well informed, and well nourished community through urban farming.” On the farm they grow things such as fruit trees, culinary and medicinal herbs, and over 50 different types of vegetables! However over the past few years, as use has increased and become more sophisticated, their plumbing had deteriorated. Sinks stopped draining, water stopped running where it needed to, and volunteers were often times ankle-deep in mud while washing freshly harvested vegetables.

When Michael & Son Plumbing technician Antonio Diaz came out for a regular service call, he noticed there was quite a bit of work that needed to be done to get the farm back to proper operating conditions. After speaking with Rachel Callahan, Executive Director of Common Good City Farm, and learning that there was no room for the necessary repairs in her budget, Antonio “felt that there was an opportunity to be able to do something for the community that we serve.” That’s when he reached out to the Michael & Son Cares Team to explore the possibility of donating our services as a way of giving back.

After going over the project with Rachel and making sure we had everything in order to restore the farm back to operating conditions, the work began! Over two days Michael & Son technicians replaced water lines, installed new sinks, drains and faucets, as well as ceiling fans and electrical outlets in the farm’s pavilion. The farm could finally “function at a higher level so [they] can focus on producing great food and making connections with community members.”

Watch the video above to see the full project and remember, “If You Can’t, We Can!”

For more information visit CommonGoodCityFarm.com