Thousands in Richmond lack access to healthy food. Many also lack the tools and resources to prepare and share it. Shalom Farms seeks to collaboratively transform the Richmond food system so that all people have access to good food – food that is good for our bodies, good for the environment, and good for our communities. Through hands-on experiences on the farm and in the city, Shalom Farms and our diverse partners are making a difference on dinner plates all over the Richmond area.
We work to:
1) Grow an array of healthy produce to provide to underserved communities
2) Provide introductory experiential learning opportunities for children and adults on:
- growing food
- overcoming barriers to cooking and eating nutritionally
- food-based entrepreneurship
3) Link community groups to a wide range of resources and partners, using a strengths-based approach to build individual and community self-sufficiency
On the Farm:
Our 6-acre sustainable farm at Westview on the James in Goochland, Virginia is an agricultural learning lab for visitors and volunteers of all backgrounds and an abundant source of fresh local produce for communities with low access to healthy food. In 2013, over 3,000 volunteers got their hands dirty helping to grow and harvest over 70,000 pounds of produce at Shalom Farm. Visitors gain hands-on education and experience in sustainable food production and become active participants in bettering the area’s food system.
In the City:
Our Youth-Run Farm Stand Program oﬀers kids an opportunity to become agents of positive change, develop skills in food-based entrepreneurship, and provide a direct access point for aﬀordable fresh produce in underserved neighborhoods.
Our Prescription Produce Plan equips communities with the skills, knowledge, and good food options necessary to overcome preventable illnesses associated with unhealthy diets. Prescriptions include weekly deliveries of fresh produce from the farm and educational programming around healthy eating.
Our partners use Shalom Farms produce in food pantries, pop-up markets, meal programs, and educational activities.
grow food. grow community.
The Farm’s Goals in their own words:
Financial contributions allow us to maximize your donations, but donations in whatever form are always greatly appreciated. Here is a list of some of our specific supply needs at the farm. Thanks!
4-gallon backpack sprayer
Cordless drill and drill bit set
100′ measuring tapes
18-Gallon Rubbermaid Plastic Storage Bins
20 and 40 lb. Bags of Organic Fertilizer (Southern States)
Organic Chicken Feed (found at Hertzler’s Feed Store in Powhatan and at Countryside Organics in Fishersville)
Fiskars Hand-held Pruners
Pitchforks (Lowes/Home Depot)
Grass clippings and leaves
Email Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org) for drop off information.
Directions to Shalom Farm from Richmond:
- Take 64W to Oilville/Goochland (exit #167), go .2 miles
- Turn LEFT on Oilville Road toward Goochland, go .6 miles
- Turn RIGHT on 250 W (Broad Street Rd.), go .8 miles
- Turn LEFT on 632 (toward J Sergeant Reynolds campus)/ Fairground, go 5.1 miles
- Turn LEFT on 522 S/ Sandy Hook, go .3 miles
- Turn RIGHT on 6 W (River Road) to Scottsville, go 3.4 miles
- Turn LEFT on 600/Rock Castle Road for 3.7 miles
- Veer LEFT at the fork, staying on Rock Castle for 1.1 miles.
- Pass the main Camp Westview on the James entrance on your right
- The Shalom Farm entrance will be .9 miles down Rock Castle on the right (black cattle gate)
If you are using a GPS device you can get there by entering the following address – We are located directly across the street from:
1033 Rock Castle Road
Goochland, VA 23063