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As we grow, we have actively sought to meet with and get advice from other leaders in the inclusive agriculture and employment world, as well as with local farmers. Their wisdom and experience with farming in the Virginia and Maryland area and working with a non-traditional workforce will help shape us as a farm and help us find our own unique organizational style.
If there is somebody out there that you think we should talk to (e.g., local farming experts, special needs families, other non-profits or farms doing something similar, potential donors and grant makers), please let us know!
Under our Cultivating Opportunities Program, we use grant funds from UWNSV to deliver and distribute over 3,500 pounds of bulk organic vegetables to FISH of Clarke County, paying citizens with intellectual & developmental disabilities (from Clarke and Frederick Counties) to help us grow and deliver that food.
Red Wiggler has been an invaluable resource for us, as we have worked from a vision for A Farm Less Ordinary, to a reality. They have shared their insight regarding growing our non-profit, how to break down tasks appropriately for workers with disabilities, and what we might expect to experience during our early years. We are grateful for their willingness to share.
We thank the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. They do a fantastic job administering grants, organizing the annual Give-Choose fundraising extravaganza, and putting together educational seminars, all of which have benefited locally-based organizations like ours.
We thank St. James’ Episcopal Church and Leesburg Presbyterian Church for their generosity over the past few years. Thanks to their support, we now have a shelter for our animals, a drop-off site for our CSA members in Leesburg, and some truly generous donations that have allowed us to grow our mission.
Thank-you for several years of support from the Van Metre Companies Foundation. Their support has allowed us to buy much-needed tractor attachments and growing benches for our greenhouse. We are so grateful.
We are grateful for the support of the Safeway Foundation and their support for people with disabilities.
Formed in 1939, Middleburg Real Estate | Atoka Properties is one of the oldest real estate companies in the region, recognized as Loudoun’s Favorite Residential Real Estate Brokerage (2016, 2017) and Commercial Real Estate Brokerage (2017). They are active in our community financially and philanthropically, and have chosen to partner with AFLO, as part of their mission to be stewards of our Northern Virginia community and environment. CSA members can pick up their weekly boxes of organic vegetables from the Middleburg MRE/AP office, and all members of our CSA will find helpful recipe cards included in their CSA boxes, care of MRE/AP. Our partners at MRE/AP also volunteer at the farm, and will be helping us with a construction project this fall.