When budget cuts kept the DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s communal farms from accessing their go-to compost source this year, Bloom was there to save the day with an affordable, local alternative.

“Thanks to Bloom supplying both seedlings and its soil amendment to our communal farms, we’ve already grown and given away over 2,000 pounds of produce and more than 1,500 veggie seedlings, and are on track to harvest a record-breaking volume of veggies this year. The crops are really loving Bloom,” said Joshua Singer, DPR’s Community Garden Specialist.

Bloom has been used at Edgewood Rooftop Farm, Powell Communal Farm and Lederer Gardens, both in the beds’ soil mix and as a topdressing. Collectively, the three sites grow and supply more than 10,000 pounds of produce every year to food-insecure seniors, families and other community members in need.

Lederer Gardens, pictured here, is a thriving oasis of fresh healthy food in Deanwood, one of DC’s Ward 7 food deserts. The site was founded as a youth garden in the 1970s, and revitalized during the pandemic as a communal farm where neighborhood volunteers assist with weekly harvesting and produce distributions. Just outside the garden gates DPR is installing the city’s largest urban forest, with the help of forest agriculture experts at Forested.