Lynchburg Grows is a nonprofit farm in the heart of the city with the mission of working with the community to provide access to healthy food, and to afford purposeful jobs to individuals with disabilities. We produce thousands of pounds of food every season and distribute it through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, our FreshRx produce prescription program, and through our "Donation Stations" program which supplies food donations to other area nonprofits that are working to help meet the basic needs of the community.
Produce is also available for sale to the public at The Farm Store, which is on site at Lynchburg Grows and open every Thursday from 9am to 1pm, April through November. We offer Virginia Fresh Match incentives, so all SNAP/EBT users get 50% off all fruits and vegetables at The Farm Store and 50% off CSA membership.
We are accepting donations from gardeners on Thursday mornings, 8-10 a.m. Your produce donations will contribute to Donation Stations. Community partner organizations that receive our produce donations includes Miriam's House, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Parkview Community Mission, Community Access Network, Rush Homes, The Miller Home for Girls, and The Salvation Army.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.