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3027 gifts
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3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29

Legacy Farms Virginia

Goal: $7,500.00

Specific Need

 

OUR EFFORTS IN RESPONSE TO COVID:

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In 2020, we partnered with The New Ag School, to grow a larger volume of produce and herbs that will be donated to local businesses and food banks during the Covid crisis. 

Your contribution will allow us to establish and manage larger farming spaces for both non-profits,  including maintenance and deliveries by Legacy Farm's neurodiverse apprentices who are paired with mentors and working alongside New Ag's mentors and apprentices. 

 

Please consider supporting our efforts to feed the Loudoun community and provide support for local businesses in 2020.

 
 
MORE ABOUT LEGACY FARMS:
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Legacy Farms supports neurodiverse teens and young adults seeking to develop job skills and increased capacity for self-advocacy, as well as special education professionals, job coaches, and college students who are in-training or seeking to develop their capacities in this field.

 

“Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyscalculia, Autism, Tourette Syndrome, and others.”

 

We not only serve neurodiverse individuals, but also support training and personal development opportunities for professionals seeking to work with neurodiverse indivduals.

 

Over the course of the year, we coordinate projects with partner Loudoun County non-profits working in the fields of disability job training, education, and/or garden and farming-specific trade education.

 

An additional focus is on increasing community awareness, engagement and comfort working with and communicating with neurodiverse individuals through shared cross-organizational programming. We also partner with several Loudoun County based non-profit volunteer organization: Young Mens Service League,  National Charity League and school Key Clubs for large projects and regular volunteer hours in the garden, where neuortypical teens work alongside neurodiverse apprentices.

 

Autistic adults may very well be the most disadvantaged disability group in the American workplace,” writes Sarah Carr in her review, The Tricky Path to Employment is Trickier When You’re Autistic (Slate Business Moneybox, 09/2017). “Only 14 percent of adults with autism held paid jobs in their communities, according to one May report from Drexel University’s Autism Institute (the report looked just at those who had received state developmental disabilities services)....

 

Employment rates for autistic adults are abysmal in both absolute and relative terms— they’re lower than those for just about any other disability type studied. Drexel’s Autism Institute found that 58 percent of young adults on the spectrum worked at some point in the years after high school, compared with 74 percent of those with an intellectual disability and 91 percent of those with an emotional disturbance. “People with autism tend to flounder more,” said Anne Roux, a research scientist at the Autism Institute who worked on the study.”

 

Your support helps address the problem of unemployment among individuals with Autism (including those with college degrees) and related disabilities. Legacy Farms' contract positions, supported by your donation, serve as a bridge between educational enviornments and unsupported employment positions in which these individuals often fail. We strike a balance between mentoring each apprentice's particular areas of personal development needs while maintaining an expectation that they will perform the job responsibilities they have contractually agreed to provide.
 

Specifically, how will your donation support us?

  • $1,500 supports one job position, a mentor, and related organizational management for 8 weeks.
  • $750 pays for garden equipment, repairs, and structures as we migrate our shared garden space to work with New Ag (for example: a set of four 2x8’ cedar cold frames set in the garden to extend our growing season in Spring and Fall)
  • $500 pays for a full set of print marketing materials to be used at local events, as well as recipe cards and tagging attached to our deliveries
  • $300 pays for a full set of vegetable, herb, and flower starts, seeds, mulch, etc. for an initial Spring planting of our garden at Temple Hall Farm.
  • $150 pays for a second set of vegetable, herb and flower seeds for subsequent plantings and a second production garden.
  • $50 buys 10 packets of seeds.

Mission

Legacy Farms offers apprenticeship-style learning and jobs in a neurodiverse community. In 2020, we partnered with The New Ag School, allowing us to grow a larger volume of produce and herbs to be donated to local businesses and food banks during the Covid crisis. 

 
Please support our efforts to feed the Loudoun community and provide support for local businesses in 2020. 

Your contribution will allow us to establish and manage larger farming spaces for both non-profits,  including maintenance and deliveries by Legacy Farm's neurodiverse apprentices who are paired with mentors and working alongside New Ag's mentors and apprentices. 

 

Legacy Farms focuses on supporting neurodiverse individuals preparing for college, learning a trade, or seeking internships to further their education and prepare for the job market.

 

Following a defined 7-step model, we offer eight-week paid job contracts custom-designed to fit each individual’s emerging capabilities.

 

These job positions fulfill essential tasks in our garden and provide opportunities to advocate for neurodiversity within the community, while also allowing Legacy Farms to benefit from each apprentice’s individual talents on custom-designed organizational initiatives.

Profile

Legacy Farms is committed to helping neurodiverse individuals, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, explore opportunities that advance their employment, education, life skills, health, and well-being. Our paid contract apprenticeship jobs provide direct experience working with a mentor to increase self-awareness, self-advocacy, and on-the-job performance.

 

An essential part of our participants' learning process and our organization's success is our partnership with community businesses and organizations as well as local donors who support our efforts through programs such as GiveChoose! 

 

In 2020, our main production garden is moving to New Ag's farming area at Fabbioli Cellars. We also continue to support garden space at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park in Leesburg. We have installed gardens for others at The Paxton Campus, and also an initial kitchen herb garden at Lansdowne Resort, which is now being expanded as a source of local produce for their new restaurant.

Local partners such as Lightfoot Restaurant, Blossom & Bloom, Glow-Studios and Roots to Rise receive deliveries in the summer from our garden, as do area food banks.

 

We are proud to be deeply engaged with the local Loudoun community, and to work collectively in supporting our participants in gaining the skills needed for successful transition into the workforce!

Photos & Videos

Check out this video created by one of our apprentices!
Legacy Farms veggies served at Lightfoot Restaurant!
Legacy Farms veggies served at Lightfoot Restaurant!
Legacy Farms sunflowers at Lightfoot!
Legacy Farms sunflowers at Lightfoot!
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PO Box 4499
Leesburg VA 20177
Phone: (571) 969-4468

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