The mission of The Farm at Our House is to grow and sell a variety of nutritious, delicious, organic produce; and to provide the young men of Our House with a work opportunity that stimulates learning, growth, and responsibility.
Who We Are
We are The Farm at Our House, a 12 acre, organically-certified vegetable farm in Brookeville, MD. Our farm, an LLC, is located on land owned by Our House, a residential job-training center for at-risk teenage boys. In 2002, retired professor Edwin Gould first established a 1/2 acre youth garden at Our House. Within a year, the garden earned its organic certification. In 2007, John Brill took over management of the youth garden, and moved his local organic farm operation, Sligo Creek Farm, to Our House. Marc Grossman partnered with John in 2008. In 2012, Sligo Creek Farm became The Farm at Our House. Michelle Nowak manages day-to-day operations on the farm.
From the left: Chris, Michelle, Caryn, Davonye, Freddie, Marc, Johanna, Cait (Not Pictured- Rickey, Jordan, Richard and Alex)
About The Farm
We sell our organic produce and free-range eggs to local restaurants, like Ricciuti's, and at farmers markets in Silver Spring (May-Dec, Saturdays 9-1), Olney (May-Nov, Sundays 9-1), Annapolis (May-November 9-1)and Crystal City, VA (May-Nov, Tuesdays 3-7pm ).
We also offer a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Our CSA offers members good value for our produce, plus the chance to come to the farm for free you-pick from our ongoing you-pick list. In 2014 we're offering three pickup locations, on Wednesdays at our farm (19715 Zion Rd., Brookeville, MD), on Saturdays at the Silver Spring Freshfarm Market, and Tuesdays at the Crystal City Freshfarm Market. We grow a great selection of crops. Some of our specialties are our mix-n-match salad buffet, our heirloom tomatoes, our sweet fall carrots, our heirloom Italian green beans, and our fresh free-range eggs thanks to our 170 pastured hens.
About Our House*
The Farm at Our House is located at Our House, a residential job-training center for abused, abandoned, and orphaned youth. The adolescent boys at Our House come from all over the state of Maryland and Washington D.C. Our House gives them a second chance at being productive working members of the community. They receive counseling and training in carpentry, landscaping, construction and small engine repair, GED preparation, and life skills. And through a collaboration with The Farm at Our House, the young men can choose to gain employment and experience in organic farming.
*The Farm at Our House (the Farm) licenses land from Our House, Inc., and some of the youth from Our House, Inc. work at the Farm. However, other than as licensor and licensee, Our House, Inc. has no partnership, relationship, involvement or participation in or with the Farm or its business or affairs, and in no event shall Our House, Inc. have any liability whatsoever to any third parties relating to the Farm or its business, including any claims relating to the produce and products purchased or obtained from the Farm.