Fall Line Farms & Local Roots
In 2018 our online farmers market served 39 local producers and facilitated over $300,000 in sales. When we say local we mean it: 29.6 miles is the average distance travelled from the farms to our meet up site. (Most grocery store food travels 1,200 miles!)
Some other notable facts about the producers:
1,581 acres are preserved in farmland
148 people are employed by these businesses
16 businesses (41%) are woman-owned
10 are young or beginning farmers
357 years of farming experience is represented
In 2018, our homestead series reached over 111 individuals. We hosted programs on fruit orchard design, soil fertility, woodlot management, raising goats, wreath-making, and season extension. We partnered with the Virginia Department of Forestry, local farmers, and local non-profits including Shalom Farms to offer participants excellent, expert information to take home and apply to their needs.
The Center for Rural Culture has supported the Hand to Hand/Farm to Table program at Byrd Elementary School for the past decade. The program includes a trip to Shalom Farms for hands on planting and harvesting activities and a year end overnight outdoor camping experience at Westview on the James. This experience offers teaching stations on canning, blacksmithing, planting, outdoor education, and farming.
Pounds of Plenty
With the touch of a button, you can donate food from FLF&LR to neighbors in need. Pounds of Plenty is our way of collaborating with producers to make great food available to a food bank near you.
How it Works: Producers choose what they can discount for donation during any particular week. You choose and order those items from a producer. We deliver what you ordered to the food bank closest to your pick-up location. Your donation goes directly from the producer to folks in your neighborhood who are in need!