This is the third year in a row that the Austin-based vodka company’s community garden program has helped with major upgrades to the urban farm site, one of the largest of its kind in Central Virginia.
The expansion included work on ongoing projects such as:
🌳 Planting fruit trees to start up an orchard (Did you know Virginia soil can grow apple, elderberry, plum, black cherry, Bartlett pear, persimmon + serviceberry trees?)
🎨 Creating art of farm life, vegetables + nature, all designed by Richmond artists
🌱 Doing landscaping work across all five acres, including fence building and installation + gravel spreading.
Shalom Farms has harvested ~100,000 servings of fresh produce from Northside this year alone, but growing food is only part of their organization’s mission. Richmonders can head to the Westwood Avenue facility to grab produce + culinary prep tools or try out farm education classes.
The nonprofit also owns the Powhatan Farm on Venita Road in Midlothian, where two farmers-in-residence live and work on the 14-acre property. This farm harvests ~500,000 servings of produce a year.
6,000+ people volunteer at Shalom Farms. Interested farm-friendly folks can apply throughout the year. Every member gets an educational tour before they start getting down in the dirt.
Other Richmond-based organizations promoting local food accessibility include:
Autumn is arriving this week and with it comes the State Fair of Virginia. The 10-day event will run from this Fri., Sept. 23 to Sun., Oct. 2. Experience the live concerts, competitions, fair foods, drinks, games + agricultural attractions daily at Meadow Event Park. Tickets for admission and rides are available now. (NBC12)
Local ice cream shop Sweet Wynns is moving from Midlothian to a new location in Shockoe Slip. There’s no grand opening dateyet, but expect a variety workshops and tastings coming soon to 1209 E. Main St. 🍦
A new Waffle House will be firing up its grill just south of Short Pump where the former Lucky’s convenience store once stood. The building is still under construction + no opening date has yet been announced. Once it does, it will be the 31st WH in the region. 🧇 (Richmond BizSense)
The world’s largest living building is set to be built in the GreenCity ecodistrict development in Henrico County. $1.2 billion will be invested in the 300,000 sqft former Best Products headquarters to facilitate agriculture, solar energy + rainwater collection. The Science Museum has the research on living buildings.
This Saturday, all 22 Virginia National Parks are celebrating National Public Lands Day with free admission. The most popular is Shenandoah National Park, but the closest ones include the Richmond and Petersburg National Battlefield Parks. (RVAHub)
The Flying Squirrels honored four players with special team-wide awards for their 2022 season. Tyler Fitzgerald won Most Valuable Player, Kyle Harrison took Pitcher of the Year, the Community Service Award went to Chris Wright + Shane Matheny won the Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel Award. ⚾️
Tickets are on sale now for The Hallowine Costume Mixer with Three Sheets to the Wind. The ghoulish + groovy event will be held at The Broadberry on Fri., Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged to kick off Halloween weekend with a fright. 🎃
VCU is using an Institute of International Education’s American Passport Project grant and its Global Education Office to award 50 studentstheir first ever US passports. Application fees will be covered + those chosen will receive their ticket to the world on Fri., Oct. 28 — National Passport Day. (VCU News)
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