Where we started:
We couldn't find the food we wanted to cook with locally and didn't like the impact we were making by bringing it in from across the globe. Too many of the ingredients we wanted to use had been dumbed down to a cartoon version of themselves in order to survive the shipping process and still be a viable commodity crop.
So we started growing our own food and attracted others who appreciated it for its taste and the sustainable methods behind it. We worked with crops that local chefs wanted to be able to offer, but were unable to, due to distance or expense.
Where we are:
We are growing quality sustainable food using organic methods for local restaurants and in cooperation with local chefs.
We are composting spent beer grains from a new local brewery (http://www.hardywood.com/) to build better soils in which to grow our food so that our community can experience the full cycle of a healthy local food system.
We have the greenhouses up and the seeds are constantly going in the ground. Our first harvests this year have been well received and more and more restaurants are able to offer fresh local produce that we hand deliver to them weekly.
Where we need to be:
With your support we will be able to keep the full circle of local food going!
Our great friends at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery are ramping up production. In order to be able to pick up additional grains we need a trailer that will handle two thousand lbs of grains per trip. We need the compost and they want to have it go back in the soil!
Additionally, because of the very mild winter we had and the unusually hot summer that we can expect, we need to purchase shade cloths to reduce the UV radiation our greenhouse crops will be experiencing this summer!
Because all of our many fields are irrigated using a gravity fed system that is partially supplied by collecting rain water, we need more water containers to collect rain water!
What you can do:
Your help will make it possible for our fair city by the river to continue to enjoy fresh locally grown produce that is nourished by soil enriched by the spent grains of exceptional locally made beer!
Please help keep full cycle food a reality in RVA!
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