May 202014
 

Our F2F family has grown to include our new interns: Regina, Jennifer, and Raven. They are college students who will be interning with us throughout the summer. Be sure to read their bios and stop by to get to know them for yourselves!

We owe a special thanks to the volunteers from the Leadership and Management Program (LAMP) of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Last Thursday they came and transformed our weed patch into a working garden!  They planted tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, cucumbers, melons, etc. Sheila Johnson from Thinking of You Creations baked chocolate cookies just for them.  We were so excited to work with them and are forever grateful to them for all of their help.

 

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Hard at work!

In order to maintain all of the crops out back, we will be developing regular volunteer days on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 11am. We are also excited to be developing regular volunteer days on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am-11am. We are looking for volunteers who can help us with weeding, watering, harvesting, and other tasks around the farm. Please email suggestionbox.busfarm@gmail.com if you’re interested in volunteering, know someone who might be, or have any questions regarding volunteering in the farm.

Garden plots are available to rent for the season so you can have your own veggie garden. $50 includes water.  This is great for those who are apartment dwellers, or have gardening restrictions. This is a wonderful project to share with friends, family, or provide a service project for church or other group.

As a new non-profit, we are looking forward to having more volunteers here at Farm to Family and to work alongside some fresh faces and fresh energy!

This past Friday, we had our first grant-funded school field trip to Johnson Elementary in Henrico County. Along with Daisy the Rabbit and some teenager chickens, we met with Johnson Elementary students and walked them through the FarmBus. We taught them about fresh produce, healthy eating, and composting! Thanks to Agriberry’s generous donations, we were able to send each child home with a pint of fresh strawberries.

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Regina and Daisy passing their wisdom on to the kids of Johnson Elementary!

This week we are launching new weekly specials. We are marking down the majority of our produce on Mondays & Tuesdays. Mark your calendars: shopping at Farm to Family on Mondays & Tuesdays is a great way to shop local & save some cash!

Apr 112014
 

Dear members

We are moving our start date for weekly shares one week back to the week of April 21, 2014 from the expected start this coming week of 4/15. Our apologies, but we were waiting to see what was going to happen with the weather. Many of our farmers experienced a frost early this week, and another is expected next week in certain areas.  By moving the start date, our expectation is to be able to have better selection and quantity for you from the beginning of the season.

Richmond CSA members: you will be able to pick up starting Wednesday, 4/23

NOVA/DC: we will be dropping on Tuesday, 4/22.

Bi-weekly shares will start as expected, the week of 4/21.

Not a member yet? Sign up now! We offer an extremely flexible CSA program with a lot of fresh, local produce! summer box

Mar 142014
 

“Shop for a Reason” March 26th 4pm – 7pm

Come visit us during our upcoming FUNdraiser at Rumors Boutique, located at 723 West Broad St. Richmond, VA. As part of their “Shop for a Reason” campaign to help small, local non-profits (like us) Rumors Boutique will be donating 20% of their total takings on Wednesday, March 26th between 4pm and 7pm. Help us make this an awesome day by coming out and bringing five friends! EVERYONE can help by spending just a little money (or a lot).

Rumors Boutique is a local consignment/thrift store with a great selection of clothing and accessories. If you have never been before you should definitely come out March 26th, 4pm – 7pm! Come support our non-profit, BUSFARM, and an excellent local business at the same time.

Has anyone ever had a better reason to shop for themselves?

RVA Card:

We are now participating with RVA Card! Show your RVA Card at over 150  local businesses around Richmond to receive exclusive pricing and special offers. The cost is only $10 and the savings are endless!

Show your card at the Market and get 10% off a Grab-and-Go box and a buy-one-get-one deal on apples on Wednesdays.

We need sponsorship!

For $250, one thousand RVA Cards will be dedicated to our non-profit, which translates to $5,000 in returns when all those cards are sold. For $150, you can get TWO quarter-page ads in the seasonal RVA Card catalog, one for BUSFARM and one for your corporation or organization.

Suggestion Box:

We want to hear from you! As a non-profit our goal is to serve the community, so let your voice be heard! Tell us what you would like to see, your exciting ideas, and how we can better serve you. Visit us at the store or email us at suggestionbox.busfarm@gmail.com

Call for volunteers and interns!

Spring is nearly here and we have a lot of great projects in the works: school field trips, the farmer’s market, two CSA programs, as urban farm that needs to be planted, and so much more! Want to get involved? We are now looking for more volunteers and interns. Contact us today to help on specific projects, suggest new ones, to be put on our volunteer day mailing list, or even just lend an extra set of hands when you can. Email us at farmtofamilyinfo@gmail.com

 

 

 

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