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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!)

541507_10151073108200935_1540898298_nFor more info, or to volunteer: 804-397-7339

817 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23223

804-767-8570

www.thefarmbus.com

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We will be closed for Spring Cleanup 4/13- 5/8. Volunteers Needed! Summer CSA memberships still available – Join Now!

 

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We will be closed at our Market on Mechanicsville Turnpike for Spring Cleanup and a short break until the rest of the Spring local food from Monday 4/13 – Friday, 5/8. Last day will be Sunday, April 12.  Look for us to reopen on Friday, May 8 for the Spring and Summer season.

We will be setting up some workdays and are looking for volunteers to help us spruce things up. If you are interested, email farmtofamilyinfo@gmail.com

We look forward to reopening for the Spring/Summer season. In the meantime, we are still accepting memberships for our Spring/Summer CSA.  Sign up online for 6 months of fresh, local food now! Weekly/bi-weekly pickups are available at our Market at 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike,  RVA 23223. We also have satellite drops pending in the surrounding Richmond area at Ash Creek + Bell Creek in Hanover, Kitchen Thyme in the West End,  New Kent at Patriot’s Landing, Quinton, Woodlake in Chesterfield. Sign up today for fresh food all summer long.

Thank you for a great winter, and we look forward to seeing you in mid-May along with strawberries, asparagus, ramps and rhubarb!

Mark + Suzi Lilly

 

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Summer News and Upcoming Classes

FARM STAND NOW OPEN

FarmStand is now open: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 9-6pm and Sunday 11-4pm. FarmStand features all your local summertime favorites: Hanover tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, green beans, peaches, berries, cabbage and other fruits and veg. We also have a selection of our pantry favorites like local honey, jams, salsas, bread, cookies, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurts and more! We take EBT, cash, credit, debit and checks (with ID). FarmStand is located on our corner, where you turn into the Market, easily accessible from the road with lots of parking. We are loving the easy, open air exchanges with our neighbors, talk about recipes, food traditions and making new friends.

Upcoming Classes

Wednesdays, 7/30 – 8/20; Saturday 8/17 EAT YOUR WAY TO HEALTH: HEALING WITH NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS Join us for a 5-class series focusing on autoimmune conditions, allergies, and other health issues such as leaky gut syndrome. This class is also for people who are just looking to feel better, and learn more about real food. It will provide a step-by-step guide to the basics to get you on track towards supporting your body through diet and lifestyle. Each class you will experience a healing food, and learn how to easily make it at home. Cost is $125 for the 5-class series. Class series will be co-taught with RVA Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leaders Sallie and Chance Godwin, Suzi Lilly of BusFarm/Farm to Family, and special guest, Amanda Torres from The Curious Coconut. Tickets and more information are available here.
doTERRA CPTG ESSENTIAL OILS EVENTS/CLASSES

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We offer ongoing education every Thursday night, 6:30 pm for the doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils that we sell in the Market. Subjects vary, but each class is about health, healing and wellness without chemicals or harmful side effects. For more info, or to purchase oils wholesale or retail, visit www.mydoterra.com/farmtofamily

Thursday, July 24, 6:30 pm – MAKE OVER YOUR DIAPER BAG Come join us for a “Makeover Your Diaper Bag” class with a bonus Essential Oil Make & Take project at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 24th at Farm to Family. Lots of great information. We are making a 2 ingredient diaper rash spray. All natural, no chemicals! $5

Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm –Essential Health + Wellness – Auto-Immune Health  Essential oils can support and heal our immune system from the inside out. Great for those challenged by lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, Celiac, Lyme disease, and other chronic problems. This is an excellent class also for those who just want to feel better, and learn more about the versatility of essential oils for health and well being. Great companion class to our 5 class series, EAT YOUR WAY TO HEALTH: HEALING WITH NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS , starting Wednesday, July 30.

SUMMER CSA FARMSHARES – SUMMER’S FRESHEST PICKS!
JOIN NOW!

Farm shares are still available for the second half of our Summer CSA. Share cost is pro-rated and feature weekly or bi-weekly choices of local fruit and vegetables, dairy and eggs, sustainably farmed meats and add-ons of bread, organic, non-gmo soy and other local items like honey, jams, and more. Gluten free/vegan items available. We have payment plans. Pickups available at the Farm to Family Market in Richmond, Eastern Market in Washington DC, and other area spots. For more info, visit our online CSA store.

BusFarm is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Richmond, VA. Our 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.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.

Donate or volunteer today to help us continue our work! To donate, email us farmtofamilyinfo@gmail.com, or call 804-767-8570.

BusFarm…..Growing Forward
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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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Mid Spring Bounty in the Market and CSA!

Pampatike Organic Farms Delivery!
Pampatike Organic Farms Delivery!

Dear Market Customers and CSA members,

Thank you all for your participation and support. As always, please let your friends and family know that they can still sign up, it is not too late!

Upcoming Classes/Events:

  • doTERRA Makeover Your Medicine Cabinet class — Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 pm at the Market. Learn how to care for your families First Aid needs naturally using doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils. Teen friendly. FREE! Bring a friend!
  • FarmBus is at the Good Day RVA Fundraiser at Hardywood Craft Brewery on Saturday, May 17, 2pm – 10pm. Bands, Beer, Food Trucks and more!

1521288_229868817195076_422192561_nStart keeping an eye out for our a la carte flower bouquets available for pre-order, or grab and go at Eastern Market!

We are working with Wind Haven Farm this summer to bring you beautiful fresh flowers. Wind Haven Farm provides locally grown, sustainable flowers grown on a small property, only two acres, right in Middlesex, Virginia. Wind Haven Farm was started by Jenny Maloney as recent as last fall. She is now making a life-long dream come true. She cultivated her passion for flowers during her days at Dayspring Farm where she was in charge of their CSA flower shares.

From Jenny: “Dayspring Farm was training me to quiet my mind, let things go, and just be at peace with my life and my creativity. I also felt like I could live in the country and make a living! CSA farming also allowed me to be  a part of a type of community…. Your customers know you by name and are genuinely thrilled to be part of the farm and supporting local and ecological produce and flowers.

“We decided that we wanted to continue to be a part of local CSA’s, locally owned grocers, and florist operations. Those are the people who are making a huge difference in awareness in food and agriculture, and we want to support them as much as possible.”

We are also going to be offering a CSA Flower Share starting in June. If you would like to get a fresh bouquet from Wind Haven Farm every week or every other week, please sign up through CSAware today!

Check out pictures and like Wind Have Farm on Facebook!

We encourage all of you to try making

Smokey Ramp Tzatziki Sauce:

  • About 20 ramps (stems and leaves), roots removed and rinsed well
  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
  • Dill, a few sprigs, finely chopped
  • 2T lemon juice
  • 1T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Find the full recipe online on our friend and customer,  E. A. T.‘s blog. This is a great resource for anyone trying to learn how to make themselves delicious, local meals, so check it out! If you are blogging, and have an in-season recipe we need to share, let us know.

As always, things are subject to change, and the whims of mother nature.

This week in VEGGIES:

  • Dill from Flores Farm (also good with smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese)
  • Cilantro from Flores Farm
  • Onions from Flores Farm
  • Butter Head Lettuce from Flores Farm
  • Romain Lettuce from Flores Farm
  • Radishes from Flores Farm
  • Agriberry Strawberries
  • Snead’s Farm Asparagus
  • Spinach from Flores Farm
  • Siberian Kale from Pampatike
  • Foraged Ramps
  • Swiss Chard from Pampatike

Consider pickling the swiss chard stems using E. A. T.’s recipe!

This week in MEAT:

  • Pork Chops
  • Ground Beef
  • Hot Italian Sausage from Sausage Craft

Sausage Craft is a local, artisanal sausage here in Richmond.

Sausage Craft: “We believe that traditionally and locally-raised livestock provides meat that simply tastes better. And we believe ethically-made products can improve the lot of animals, the environment and your health. That’s why our products are made from humanely-raised meat without added hormones, antibiotics or steroids. No preservatives. No synthetic casings. We only use ingredients that are natural, fresh and flavorful. You should know what’s in your sausage.”

If you have any questions or concerns please call or email us!

804-397-7339

farmshares@thefarmbus.com

Reminder: Please submit all changes to your order by 6 pm on Saturday.

Thank you for choosing Farm to Family, BusFarm, Inc.

Caitlin

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