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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!
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.
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.
We are partnering with Loudoun Hunger Relief to supply healthy CSA boxes to low-income families dealing with obesity. Families receiving weekly boxes of vegetables through this program will also receive nutrition and cooking classes, along with healthy recipes that incorporate the vegetables being delivered each week. We are excited to partner with such an established local "institution".
We work with Legacy Farms, which seeks to train adults with autism and other developmental challenges with the vocational skills needed to work on local farms...like ours! We look forward to many years of partnership with this Loudoun County neighbor.