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Happy Thanksgiving! CSA Recipes – Porcelain Doll Pumpkins!

porcelain doll pumpkinsHi everyone, we have a beautiful share for you. We are so grateful for your membership in our CSA this year, and that you ARE making a difference in our food system, while eating delicous local food!

You will be getting an heirloom pumpkin this week which is quite dense and heavy, so be prepared to carry that. Bring a friend or a cart if you are walking. Mark says he will be ready for you from 4:30-7pm. Let us know if you have any quesions, concerns or last minute changes. We have pre-bagged your produce shares for a quick grab and go this week.

Warmly,

Suzi

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BusFarm FUNdraising Field Day – June 27, 2015

BUSFARM FIELD DAY

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 …Growing Forward!

Join us Saturday, June 27th

for a day of volunteerism, food and fun!

 

All Proceeds Benefit our

501 (c) 3 Non-Profit BusFarm

BusFarm's Urban Farm

8am-9am: Yoga in the garden – Bring a mat or towel

9:15am: Nia class with SarahMax

9am-12pm: Volunteer Activities, Breakfast, Kid Friendly

Bring: garden tools, water bottle, hat, sunscreen

12pm-5pm

Local Vendors, Tastings, Product Demos

Water Kefir Workshop (includes grains) $10

Worm Workshop – $10 suggested donation

Intro to Essential Oils – Summertime Remedies – $5 suggested donation

Other Workshops Pending

Music

Children’s Activities, Games + Races

Raffle/Auction

Potluck

Donation Jar (Checks payable to: BusFarm, Inc.)

1:30pm-3:30pm Mr. Leonard’s knife sharpening (bring your knives + tools!)

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817 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23223

804-767-8570

www.thefarmbus.com

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CBS 6 Greg McQuade Special Feature: Heroes Among Us

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WTVR CBS 6’s Greg McQuade enjoyed visiting BusFarm, and visiting with customers, staff, interns and volunteers.

We are very grateful to be featured on WTVR CBS 6 special segment, Heroes Among Us this past week. Greg McQuade came out to the farm to visit with us, and some of our customers.

We also had a visit at Capitol Hil’s Eastern Market Fresh Tuesday’s Farmer Line, earlier in the month by The Capital’s Markets: Guide to Farmers’ and Flea Markets in Washington DC – 7/18/14

Here’s more NEWS on BusFarm.

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We have had an exciting and busy week this last week!

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!

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Spring Non-Profit CSA Farm Shares in DC/RVA Early Bird Savings Start NOW!! Join this weekend and save 10%.

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10% Early Bird Discount Special! Hurry! This special offer is ONLY available for 48 hours and will be the biggest discount offered this season! Discount good from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23rd.

Join during our Early Bird membership drive and save 10% on all shares, all frequencies, all locations on fresh, local food – a savings of up to $276. Upon checkout, enter code “SpringBird” to get your discount. This discount may not be combined with any of our other discounts, and are not applicable towards any membership fees or taxes.

Our  Spring/Summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Shares in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC start the 3rd week of April and run 24 weeks (6 months) through September.

We recently received our 501 (c) 3 designation for BusFarm, and The Farm to Family CSA and Market are part of our non-profit operation.  Our mission is to grow, source and distribute fresh local products, and encourage a healthy diet of home-grown/hand-made items from our local food shed. All proceeds from our “Farm to Family” CSA program and Market go towards our BusFarm projects: visiting schools, urban farming, nutrition education, and more. Your membership and patronage help support our efforts in our community, and our local farmers.

Our CSA program is a versatile, flexible program that includes locally produced food options, payment plans, and open enrollment/pro-rated join-anytime membership. Bi-weekly/weekly frequency will vary with location site and interest. Pickup is at our Market, but you can have your own dropsite – you need 10 members per site to make it work, so let us know your interest/commitment ASAP! For more info on our CSA Farm Shares, and take advantage of our Early Bird special,  join at our CSA page.

We work with notable area farms/producers like Polyface FarmsMt Vernon FarmsProspect FarmEdmond’s Farm, Heritage Hollow FarmsGoats r UsOld Church CreameryGreen Fence FarmPampatike Organic FarmPromise Land PasturesTuckahoe Lamb and Cattle CompanySausage CraftAgriberry and Twin Oaks along with our own non-profit urban farm and agricultural educational center, BusFarm. Your CSA farm share directly supports BusFarm. See BusFarm in action!

We are EBT, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, WAPF and food allergy friendly. We offer payment plans. Got an issue? Ask us and we’ll see if we can accommodate you!  We donate missed pickups (without prior arrangements) to needy families. You can also sponsor a family for one time, or the whole season. Contact us for info on being a sponsor.

Options include:

  • Seasonal produce – locally grown on small farms with no to minimum sprays or pesticides. Some of our farms have organic certifications, but others choose to grow with organic methods, without certification.
  • Grass-fed/pastured meats like beef, pork, bison, trout, oysters/clams, lamb, sausage, chicken. No hormones, antibiotics and we work with small, humane family farms.
  • Grass-fed dairy with milk, butter, yogurt, cheeses from Mountain View, Goats R Us, Old Church Creamery, No hormones, antibiotics and we work with small, humane family farms.
  • Package  – Fondly called “The Whole SheBang” by our long-time members, this includes produce, meat, dairy (including eggs) and bread. Purchase and pre-pay the package, and receive a 10% discount.
  • Bread/Gluten Free Bread, bagels and other baked goods
  • Eggs
  • Pizza/Pasta from Pizza Tonight and Bombolini
  • Tofu, Tempeh and Soysage from Twin Oaks
  • a la carte items like honey, jam, maple syrup, baked goods, granola, and more are available

Want to see what you might get in your share? Check out these pictures!


What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is a form of mutual partnership between farmers and consumers.

Rather than go through several layers of middle people, our members make a commitment to directly support our non-profit,  food growers and makers and local economy by providing money for operations. In exchange, they receive a dividend of the freshest produce and cleanest meats possible. Each supporter buys a “share” of the produce, dairy, meats etc (not unlike a share of stock) and takes on some of the risks and benefits of growing food along with the farmer. A CSA is not about getting discounted produce. A CSA is a unique way for people to have a better knowledge of the food they put in their bodies and the process, people and land it takes to produce it.

Help a Family and Donate a Share!

We accept donations of shares for needy families. You can buy a whole season, one share, or donate a share if you are a member and you are unable to pickup.  Unclaimed shares are always donated. This is very important to us, and we can’t do it without your help.

Get Involved/Earn Free Food – Be a Drop Site

Want to get involved and earn free food by hosting a drop-site at your home, worksite, church or community center? Contact us for more info. Recruit friends, family, neighbors, church members and co-workers to make it happen. Create community! Eat fresh, local, healthy food!

MEMBERS!! SHARE US WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!! PLEASE FORWARD THIS SPECIAL TO EVERYONE!  When they sign up, then you will receive a $25  referral credit!