The goals of Shalom Farms are to increase access to healthy foods in the inner city, build community, and improve the self-sufficiency of those involved.
Food Production: Beginning in 2009, Shalom Farm will cultivate 10 varieties of produce which will supplement the food supply that Central Virginia Food Bank / Meals on Wheels (now Feed More) provides to those in need. Because one of the project objectives is to increase the amount of healthful food consumed by neighborhood families, output will be directed through the CVFB to residents in three neighborhoods. The farm will be worked by volunteers from faith communities, civic organizations, universities, and by students who will thus learn about the food cycle.
Education: Adult, children and youth program pacticipants from Richmond Public Schools, nonprofits, congregations, and other partners will participate in farming and be provided experiential agrarian science education through curricula developed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension
Community Development: The parents of the third-graders and other groups participating in the Shalom Farms project are being invited to participate in neighborhood teams for guiding the efforts of Shalom Farms with regards to the education of their children and the needs of their neighborhoods. Nutritional education and outreach will put fresh produce and relevant information (food preparation and preservation) in the hands of participating community members.
Together, we grow healthy food, families and friends.
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