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Raised for Local Nonprofits
1861 gifts
Totaling $327,899.77
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1861 gifts
Totaling $327,899.77

A Farm Less Ordinary

Goal: $10,000.00

Specific Need

First of all, thank-you very much to Government CIO for offering to match the first $2,000 in donations we receive. 

 

We are a small organization that has experienced some dramatic and wonderful changes over the last couple of years. In 2019, we employ 16 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 more land to expand onto 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 2018, we built an enormous greenhouse, so that we can employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities year round. Our greenhouse also means that we will be able to grow more produce to use in our new line of value-added goods. Our employees learn food safety and preparation skills, while making pickles, jams, and pesto sauce, which they get to sell at the Wednesday Leesburg Farmers Market, the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show, and the Bluemont Fair.

 

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 feeds 4 goats and 40 chickens for the year.
  • $1,000 pays for 100 raspberry or blueberry plants our employees will harvest to create jams for sale year-round
  • $540 buys two rolls of landscape fabric needed to fight weeds
  • $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 Berryville 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, while sustainably growing organic vegetables for the Washington, DC area. 

 

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 Bluemont, Purcellville, Leesburg, Middleburg, Ashburn, Falls Church, and Capitol Hill, DC for 15 weeks each growing season. We participate in the Wednesday Leesburg Farmers Market as well as 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.

 

Join us for our Feast in the Field event on Saturday, June 22nd. This special sunset dinner is a fundraiser to support the organization’s mission to employ local adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The majority of the food and wine will be donated by local businesses and citizens, so that the vast majority of funds raised from this event will directly support the organization’s mission. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feast-in-the-field-at-a-farm-less-ordinary-tickets-59849938778

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73 Providence Lane
Bluemont VA 20135
Phone: (202) 810-3276

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