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!

Aug 262012

BusFarm was grateful to host the Mayor’s Youth Academy Urban Gardeners this past summer under the expert direction of Lisa Taranto with assistance from Harris Wheeler, Terry Clancy and Janelle Waldron. We really enjoyed having these young people at our urban farm a couple times a week and getting to know them. Some of the work they did was composting, harvesting vegetables, planting seeds, weeding, building beds and developing the soil. New foods were tried, but watermelon remained the favorite snack. One of the highlights of the season was that the gardeners were able to attend the compost workshop that Will Allen from Growing Power did for us. It was hot, hard sweaty work and we appreciate so much all your help and we hope to see you next year!

Elli Morris Photography

Aug 202012
Virginia's First Lady Maureen McDonnell and Mark Lilly, Farm to Family

Virginia’s First Lady Maureen McDonnell and Mark Lilly, Farm to Family at the 2010 Virginia Weight of the State Obesity Conference

Virginia’s First LadyMaureen McDonnell, recently sent a letter of  recognition for the efforts Farm to Family and BusFarm are making towards encouraging people to eat healthy and become more food secure. We first met Mrs. McDonnell when she visited the Farm Bus at the Virginia Weight of the State Conference in May, 2010. We are very grateful for her ongoing support for Farm to Family/BusFarm and her sincere dedication to the good health and well being for all the people of Virginia.

Weight of the State honorary chairwoman was Virginia First Lady, Maureen McDonnell. We were honored to have her visit the Farm to Family bus. Mark was one of the pre-conference speakers, and everyone got an opportunity to tour the bus.

Photos courtesy of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

Aug 072012

Suzi and Mark Lilly, Farm to Family, and Will Allen, CEO/Founder of Growing Power. We are so grateful for Will’s mentorship and friendship.

 Will Allen, Founder/CEO of Growing Power and author of the book, The Good Food Revolution, was Farm to Family’s very special guest speaker at our first fundraiser for our non-profit farm and urban agriculture training center, BusFarm, on Saturday, July 14th at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Richmond,  VA. Other speakers included Liz Reitzig, activist for farm food freedom, and Mike Peterson, chef and farm manager at Mount Vernon Grassfed, in Sperryville, VA. Lisa Taranto of the Office of Urban Ecology, was our emcee.

Virginia’s First Lady, Maureen McDonnell, sent a letter of  recognition for the efforts Farm to Family and BusFarm are making towards encouraging people to eat healthy and become more food secure. We are very grateful for her support for Farm to Family/BusFarm and her dedication for the good health and wellbeing for all the people of Virginia. The local foods dinner, an amazing gastronomic delight (really the best meal we’ve had all year!!) and was artfully prepared by Hilton Garden Inn Downtown’s Executive Chef, Willie Miller and featured foods from Farm to Family farms and vendors: Polyface Farms,  Prospect Farm, Rain or Shine Greenhouse Gardens, Twin Oaks Community Foods, Rappahannock River Oysters and Clams, Tuckahoe Lamb and Cattle Company, Promised Land Pastures, Farm to Family’s Bus Farm, Plantation Acres,  Agriberry,  Saunders Bros., HopeWater, Sam Kirby, Flores Farm, Rocking F Farm, Amy’s Garden and Flour Garden Bakery.

Silent Auction items inspired some fevered bidding, good natured pushing and shoving, and were creative and fun.  We are grateful for the generous donations from our friends at: Bellytimber TavernBlanchards Coffee Roasters, Jimmy Snead at Blowtoad, Chastity Hise at Clippi Headren, Jason and Chris at Comfort, DeluxEuropaFlavor MagazineHappy the ArtistHill CaféKrishon ChocolatesLamplighter Roasting Company, Lisa Taranto/Office of Urban Ecology, MezzaninePam D’Arcy, Jason Alley and Joe Sparatta at Pasture , Victoria DeRoche and Stephanie Ganz at Pizza TonightRiver City Wild FoodsRural RevolutionSausage CraftTaste BudsThe Hard ShellTuckahoe Lamb and Cattle CompanyUrban Backyard EdiblesThe Water Grill and Catherine Long at Old Church Creamery.

Farm to Family and BusFarm are extremely grateful to all of our friends, family and supporters. We wish to extend special thanks to the following for their generous assistance and support: Will Allen and Growing PowerFirst Lady Maureen McDonnellAllen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Taylor Weirup Marketing, Lisa + Diego Cusano, Lisa Taranto, Bill Cavender, Elli Morris Photography, Happy the Artist, Patty Parks, Denise and Larry Miller, Jenny and Ranny Heflin, Cynthia Sanford, Steph Beer, The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond and the amazing Kathryn MacDonald, Chef Willie Miller and  Map Roeung, Mark Troxell Trio, John Miles, Marissa Marklevitz, James Luggen, Patsy Arnett, Sarah Headley, Flavor MagazineMolly MacDonald Peterson, Retail Merchants Association, Kat Simmons/Lite 98, Kevin Brown/Liberation Wellness Hour, Style Weekly, Richmond Times Dispatch,  Natural Awakenings, Kimberly HartkeKristin Canby/Farmageddon, Beckie Sukes, Brooks Godwin, Tracy Jacobs, Emily Krause, Danielle Barnes, David Irving, Krissy Etz, Kenny Albiston, Sarah Orr,  the Selby Family, Laurie Lay, Jayme Aronberg, John Lewis, Vicki Campbell, the Swinson Family, the Miles Family, Melissa Krumbein/Kitchen Thyme, Jean Johnson – The Measure Free Hippie Cook, Slow Food RVA, Addie Brugger, Tunji Barlatt, Heather Harker, Arc Printing, RVA Local Patronage Cash Mob, Debra Tokarz, Thinking of You Creations, Mayor’s Youth Academy Urban Gardeners, Dexter Sells, Rob Snead and of all of our farmers, artisans, vendors, USA  Farm Share members, customers as well as our social media followers at home and around the world.

In Loving Memory of Fred.

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