A Look Inside
For an in-depth look at a year in the life of Lynchburg Grows, you can view our annual report by clicking the image to the right, or click here.
For overviews on all the programs we have running on the farm in service of our mission, please read the descriptions below.
Providing meaningful, important work for people with disabilities has been part of Lynchburg Grows’ mission from the beginning. We currently employ eight individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities. Some employees work alongside a job coach from Stand Up, Inc., while others work more independently. By choosing tasks best suited for each employee and their personal abilities, we ensure their success, even as we constantly challenge and encourage them to learn new job and social skills.
Our employees do the lion's share of the farm work, resulting in a record harvest of more than 23,000 pounds of food in 2017. The harvest supplies our community supported agriculture program, The Veggie Box, and our other programs that help increase access to fresh, healthy food in our community. Read more about those programs below.
Food Access: FreshRx
FreshRx is a veggie prescription program designed to help people with diet-related illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart problems and stroke. Local doctors identify patients that are willing to make lifestyle changes and prescribe them to our program. The patients attend seven weeks of nutrition and cooking classes taught by a nutrition educator from Virginia Cooperative Extension. At the end of each class, participants take home a bag of fresh fruit and produce so that they can try the recipes they learn at home.
The FreshRx program is made possible through the generous support of Centra Foundation. Since the program’s first classes in 2017, it has expanded to two locations and served 30 families in 2018.
Nearly all of Lynchburg Grows' day-to-day activities are aimed at serving the local community, from farm events like A Greenhouse Dinner in the fall and Salad Days in the spring, to group farm tours, to the thousands of pounds of food distributed to the hungry in the Lynchburg area through our produce-growing partnership with St. John’s Episcopal Church.