11251 Cherry Hill Road, Culpeper, VA 22701
For Immediate Release
Chuck Jackson, Executive Director (540) 827-9965
A local nonprofit is putting the call out to groups looking for an opportunity to work together and provide for those less fortunate.
Chuck Jackson, Executive Director of Cornucopia Volunteer Farm, announced recently a new Adopt a Plot Program for the 2015 growing season. He is looking for dedicated organizations, businesses or families to participate in the planting, maintaining, and harvesting of the new food plots.
All food grown will go to one of 14 food pantries, soup kitchen or five senior centers in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock. Their clients – even those with government benefits – often have little disposable income for fresh fruits and vegetables, which are essential in overcoming many diseases including heart disease, obesity and childhood and adult diabetes.
Group members will be responsible for sowing seeds, planting transplants and weekly maintenance throughout the growing season in a food plot the size of a backyard garden. During the growing season you will harvest and deliver crops to a facility that will pass that bounty on to our food-insecure neighbors.
Jackson said that, thanks to local business sponsors, the farm will have thousands of seeds ready to plant for 2015. Local high school FFA chapters will also be providing transplants as they become available throughout the year. Or, if the group or organization would like to plant their own seeds or plants, donations are more than welcome, he said.
Help is also needed with the farms’ existing projects and monetary donations are always badly needed, Jackson said. Cornucopia Volunteer Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. The farm has no paid employees.
Organizations or groups interested in the Adopt a Plot Program can contact Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (540) 827-9965.
According to a Blue Ridge Area Food Bank study, over 20,000 men, women and children in the area struggle with hunger and one of every six children is food insecure. During the summer, when they no longer have access to school food programs, they are at further risk. And more seniors – than any other group – are relying on charitable food assistance.