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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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UPCOMING FUNDRAISER!

“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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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!

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2014 Spring/Summer CSA Farm Shares RVA/DC

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Our non-profit Spring/Summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Shares for Richmond, VA (RVA brochure) and Eastern Market/Washington, DC (DC brochure) are now available for purchase on our online CSA store. Separate shares of local seasonal produce are available at $38 per share, grass-fed dairy and pastured eggs at $39 per share, grass-fed/pastured meats at $34/share and a Combo Full Share, including produce, meats, dairy, eggs and bread are $106/share.

Shares will begin the 3rd week of April, and continue for 24 weeks. Weekly and bi-weekly frequency and flexible memeberships (payment plans, online management, add-ons, join at any time, gluten-free choices, paleo/GAPS etc friendly) make us unique. Payment may be made online via credit/debit, or via check, cash or EBT.

All proceeds from our CSA are donated directly to our 501 (c) (3) non-profit, BusFarm, supporting our urban agricultural education and training center in Richmond, VA.

BUSFARM INC is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization based out of Richmond, VA. We started as a mobile farmer’s market from a converted school bus in 2009 and grew to include an indoor farmers market, CSA program and urban farm. 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.  Please help support our efforts and our local farmers. Make a donation if you can or join our flexible CSA program today! All shares NOT picked up, are donated to families in the Richmond community. More details on how our CSA works and what to expect are available on our CSA page.

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Advantages of a CSA?

You get a regular rotation of local, seasonal food, and become a vital part of the sustainable food system. Your membership helps us to work closely with our farmers and vendors to keep a viable, vital local economy flowing. You may find yourself having a closer, and more respectful relationship with the food you prepare and eat, becoming healthier, and enjoying a deeper appreciation of food culture. And very importantly, our membership directly helps our non-profit work within the community.

For more info, or to join, visit our CSA shop, call 804-767-8570, or email us.

 

 

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Happy Winter! New Hours and Winter Farm Shares Available

53722_10151888642671483_135462779_oWe hope everybody had a great holiday and is keeping their food and health resolutions! We were busy doing some remodeling, and we hope you like the new look of our Market.

Due to neighborhood requests, we have added some organic, but not local items, to our shelves which will definitely help us all get through this winter. Let’s hear it for lemons and avocados, along with more items for our juicing customers like celery, carrots and ginger. If there is something you’d like us to bring in, please let us know.

We accept cash, checks, credit/debit and EBT.

Market hours as follows:

  • Wednesday – Friday  10am-6:30pm
  • Saturday  9am-5pm
  • Sunday  11am-4pm

Farm to Family Winter Farm Shares are still available in Washington DC and Richmond – we make it easy to get fresh, local foods and keep yourself motivate to be healthy! Our online system makes it easy. EBT accepted for farm shares.

We are also working on the non-profit — if you would like to get involved, please let us know!

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