Who we Are

Everyone deserves healthy food.

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit working together to build healthy communities by growing and sharing healthy food.

The food we grow is distributed through our network of programs and partnerships in communities where access to healthy food is limited.

Shalom Farms | Woman reaching for produce at market

Why Shalom Farms?


“Shalom” is a Hebrew word often translated as “peace.”

However, its meaning goes beyond just the absence of violence or oppression, to suggest the active presence of health and happiness, and an understanding that this wholeness and well-being belongs to everyone.

For us, it represents our hope that all people in our community, and even the land and plants themselves, can be in a whole and thriving relationship together to support a healthy Richmond.

Our History


Shalom Farms is the evolution of the work of the United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR) which has a long history of social service work in Richmond. In 2009 UMUMR started a pilot project growing food on just half an acre at Westview on the James in Goochland. As the impact of the project quickly became clear, the organization decided to focus exclusively on food access work and eventually changed its name to Shalom Farms.

In 2016, we relocated our primary growing site from Goochland to a larger, more accessible 12 acre farm in Powhatan, only 20 minutes west of Richmond. We have since added a second five-acre site in Richmond’s Northside on Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Westwood Tract. This expansion has allowed us to evolve from distributing just a few thousand pounds of produce a year to local food banks, to a comprehensive range of food access programs and strategies that serve over 10,000 community members annually.

Our Work in Action

Learn more about programs helping thousands of Richmond families overcome barriers in the food system.

Dig Into What We Do

Financials



Board of Directors


Darren Broughton, Altria
Sharon Blount, Community Volunteer
Eric Clay, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
Sam Davis, III, The Davis Group
Johanna Gattuso, Grassroots Health Advisors, LLC
Nan Leake, Partners Group, Retired
Devin Lipawsky, Capital One
Helen Ragazzi, Active Health Management
Steve Russo, Community Volunteer
Patricia Sauer, Community Volunteer
Whitney Van Der Hyde, Community Volunteer
Jennifer Wicker, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
Tamara Young-Elmore, Community Volunteer

We are Rooted in People.

We are hard-working, community-minded people, passionate about providing healthy food access to all.

Meet Our Team