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Farming as community development

Reading about the Reevesland Learning Garden in Arlington, VA, inspired Dave Cooper to tell us about a farming project he help to start up in the central part of the state. 

Just last week they planted 1,000 sweet potato slips at Shalom Farms, a regional food security and community development project of United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond. A couple of days earlier, 125 lbs of greens and head lettuce were harvested with and for partners and friends from Hillside Court and Embrace Richmond.

Begun in the fall of 2008, Shalom Farm’s goals are to increase access to healthy foods in the inner city, build community and improve the self-sufficiency for those involved. It is a collaboration of experts and local citizens focused on  providing fresh and healthy produce to underserved communities; providing educational training to children and adults on growing food, nutrition, and food-based entrepreneurship; and linking community groups to a wide range of food security resources and partners.

Learn more about how the Farm is promoting food security and building community at


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