Sep 172012
 

This year, instead of receiving gifts for your birthday, you can give the gift of sustainable farming and food security.

BusFarm invites YOU to celebrate your own life to help us grow food and teach others to farm and become food secure. Thanks to the launch of inLieu, a new company in Richmond, it’s as easy as donating your birthday, anniversary or memorializing a loved one.

Why? We felt it was so important that people learn how to farm and grow their own food that we started our own urban farm, BusFarm, right on the outskirts of the City of Richmond, in Henrico County, VA. Now it is easy for you to help us grow our farm to help more people learn about farming and become empowered to gain the skills, confidence and knowledge to plant and harvest their own food.   When people can grow their own food, harvest, preserve and cook it, they become food secure.

How? Meet inLieu Giving! They make it easy for you to start a campaign to celebrate your birthday, favorite holiday or special event by asking your friends and family to give donations instead of gifts. This is also a great way to teachchildren about the value of giving back and to become curious about growing and eating healthy food.

When? You can start your own campaign anytime! Simply visit InLieu to get started with your donation event. Its easy and fun. And you’ll have all the tools you need to make your campaign successful.

What does your donation give BusFarm?

  • $3  purchases a package of organic, heirloom seeds
  • $5 purchases 2 bales of straw
  • $20 purchases a hand spade, hand cultivator, pair of work gloves and shovel
  • $35 purchases a wheel barrow
  • $40 – purchases a 100 foot hose or 500 feet drip irrigation tubing
  • $100- purchases supplies to make 10 vermicosting compost bins
  • $1500 – purchases supplies needed to build a hoop house to grow plants, sprouts and seedlings year round.
  • $2500 – purchases supplies to build an aquaponic system to grow fish and hydroponic plants

BusFarm’s focus is on sustainable urban agricultural initiatives, including an urban agriculture-training center that will train youth and adults how to grow healthy soil, food and communities. Striving to inspire and motivate people into action, BusFarm aims to provide the resources that help individuals take responsibility to sustain their communities. The BusFarm urban farm re-connects people back to the earth and their food through the hands-on processes of daily activities and seasonal rhythms including: planting, harvesting, cooking, preserving, construction, composting, soil building, bee keeping, vermiculture, aquaponics, retail marketing and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to create a local, regenerative, highly resilient model others can follow.

Thank you so much for considering a donation to BusFarm!

Sep 122012
 

We are now accepting members for our bi-weekly Fall/Winter USA Farm Share programs in Richmond, VA and in Washington, DC which starts Tuesday, October 16, 2012 on Capitol Hill, Wednesday October 17 in NW DC at the Maret School, and Thursday, October 18 in Richmond, VA.

  • Our USA Farm Shares are a flexible program that include options of seasonal, local fruits/vegetables, grass-fed/pastured meats, grass-fed dairy and add-ons of eggs, bread, soyfoods, pet treats, coffee, pizza/pasta and bodycare (soaps, lotions and potions). Everything in our shares is locally sourced. Your USA Farm Share membership supports our non-profit urban farm, BusFarm and other local farms and artisanal food makers.

You can download our Fall/Winter 2012-13 applications here:

PICKUP LOCATIONS:
  • NW DC – NW DC – Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave NW, 20008 (lower parking lot) Wed. 3-7 pm – UPDATED!
  • Capitol Hill - Eastern Market, Farmer’s Line, 225 7th St, NE, Washington DC 20003. Tues. 3-7pm
  • Richmond - Farm to Family Market, 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike Turnpike. Richmond, VA 23223. Wed. 11 am (pickup can be any day, but we suggest Wed. or Thurs. to insure freshness of your share). Corporate shares are available for groups of 25 or more. Please email farmshares@thefarmbus.comor call 804-767-8570 for more info.
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