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Raised for Local Nonprofits
3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29
Raised for Local Nonprofits
3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29

A Farm Less Ordinary

Goal: $21,500.00

Specific Need

First of all, thank-you very much to an anonymous donor who has offered to match up to $5,000 donations, through two separate challenge matches of $2,500. She has offered this challenge match in the name of Chris, her hero.  And we have another match of $500. SO UP TO $5,500 OF YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED, EQUALING $11,000!!! 

 

Covid-19 Update: Unfortunately, we have seen some of our funding opportunities disappear overnight, as we are not a provider of emergency services. Governor Northam has also shut down farmers' markets until June 10th (at least), which was also a source of revenue for our non-profit farm. While we completely understand the need for some funding entities to reprioritize in light of the dramatic shift in human service needs, we are also still determined to serve our constituents with intellectual & developmental disabilities in a more uncertain funding environment. We have continued to operate, as farming is considered an essential activity by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, AFLO has been providing outdoor activities (within proper social distancing guidelines), job training, and a reason to get dressed in the morning to the young adults with disabilities who were released early from their school year, thanks to Covid-19. Our services have proven more necessary than ever to these young adults in particular. 

 

We are a small organization that has experienced some dramatic and wonderful changes over the last couple of years. In 2019, we employed 18 part-time Growers (and a full-time Farm Manager) with intellectual and developmental disabilities, from across Northern Virginia, up from 13 in 2018, 8 in 2017, and 5 in 2016.

 

Thanks to our success thus far, we are also searching for a more permanent piece of land to operate on in Loudoun County. Do you know someone with some extra land? Please reach out to us at info@afarmlessordinary.org and let's have a conversation.

 

Our focus with our Growers is to encourage habits, social skills, and behaviors that can be used in any work setting. As with employees in any job, expectations are set and conveyed for the components of each task to be completed. Things as simple as arriving to work on time and putting away tools when finished, and as complex as making change on during a busy shift at the Farmers’ Market, are all seen as learning opportunities.

 

Each Grower successfully completes a job interview. They have specific responsibilities and measurable goals. They are paid for their work, and wages increase as those goals are met.  Their skills arise from tasks related to farming, producing “value added” products, and working at Farmers’ Markets. 

 

In 2020, we will operate for the very first time at two sites: in Bluemont and in Leesburg. We opened up our Leesburg location to move closer to our Loudoun County employees, volunteers, group home participants, and Loudoun County school group visitors. Opening up this new location is exciting, but also a lot of work! We have installed a new large shed to be used for a break room and a walk-in cooler. We bought a second tractor. We bought a whole new set of hand tools. We bought additional plastic mulch and landscape fabric.

 

Your donations contribute to the following organizational expenses:

  • $5,000 covers the cost of employing one adult with intellectual disabilities during the growing season.
  • $3,000 pays for a new lawnmower, weed and bush wackers, shovels, five rolls of landscape fabric, three rolls of plastic mulch, and one roll of row cover + hoops
  • $1,000 pays for 100 raspberry or blueberry plants our employees will harvest to create jams for sale year-round
  • $500 helps us pay for the plastic boxes we need to order for this year's vegetable box subscription program
  • $250 covers the cost of one paycheck to a Grower with an intellectual disability
  • $90 covers the cost of gas to deliver our vegetables to five locations between Leesburg and Washington, DC each week
  • $65 pays for 50 seed plug trays in which we start our seedlings each spring
  • $25 buys 5 packets of tomato seeds

Mission

A Farm Less Ordinary (AFLO) is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide employment and a welcoming community to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

 

We are a farm, a community, a tribe. Help us get people out of their houses and into paying, meaningful jobs. Help us give people the support they need and the respect they deserve as contributing members of our society.

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We deliver our produce through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, bringing weekly boxes of freshly harvested vegetables to members in Purcellville, Leesburg, Ashburn, Falls Church, and Capitol Hill, DC for 15 weeks each growing season (and if you have another climate-controlled location where we could drop off CSA boxes to a minimum of four subscribers, we should talk!). We participate in the Wednesday Leesburg farmers' market, the Sunday Cascades farmers' market in Sterling, and various events throughout the community, like the Round Hill Homecoming Event, the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show, and the annual Bluemont Fair.

 

Our Growers have a range of disabilities, including autism, dyslexia, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and mental illness. By encouraging self-advocacy and independent decision-making among our Growers, and by expecting them to come to the farm on-time and complete their work, our growers sharpen the skills they will need to work anywhere. Each week, we send our growers home with whatever is being harvested so they can make the connection between their work and the tangible, edible results of that hard work.

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$22,402.40 received
in 104 gifts
and 3 prizes
104.20%  of  $21,500.00 Goal
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73 Providence Lane
Bluemont VA 20135
Phone: (202) 810-3276

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