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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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2013 Spring / Summer CSA Farm Shares – Richmond, VA, and Washington, DC

Join Today! Applications now being accepted!

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Strawberries, spring onions, bibb lettuce, apples and more!

We are now accepting applications for the Spring/Summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Shares in Richmond, VA, Washington, DC (Capitol Hill at Eastern Market/NW at Maret School) and surrounding areas to start the 2nd week of April running 24 weeks (6 months) through September.

Our CSA Farm Share 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. Check out our dropsites on this map which include metro DC, Richmond, NoVa, Northern Neck, New Kent, Chesterfield and more. Note that not all sites are confirmed, as we 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, to download an application and join, visit our CSA page.

BusFarm, our Urban Farm, supplies fresh food for our market and CSA Farm Shares

We work with notable farms/producers like Polyface FarmsMt Vernon FarmsProspect FarmEdmond’s FarmMt. View FarmGoats 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:

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Produce, Dairy, Meats, Soy, Bread and other good foods are available.
  • Seasonal produce – locally grown on small farms with no to minimum sprays, 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 discount.
  • Bread/Gluten Free Bread
  • Eggs
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Dog Treats
  • Body Care
  • Soy
  • a la carte items like honey, jam, baked goods, and more are available

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

Get Involved/Earn Free Food — Be a Drop Site

Farm to Family Farm Share drop on Capitol Hill at Eastern Market

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!

BE HAPPY! EAT LOCAL!

For more info on our CSA Farm Shares, or to download an application and join, visit our CSA page.

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BusFarm Partners with inLieu Giving for New Online Donation Platform

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!

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Mayor’s Youth Academy Urban Gardeners

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

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Maureen McDonnell, Virginia’s First Lady, Recognizes Farm to Family/BusFarm

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.