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Farm to Family Becomes BusFarm

Mark Lilly and friends

Richmond-based Farm To Family has recently received a retroactive 501(c)3 nonprofit designation for BusFarm, Inc. Farm to Family began as a mobile farmers’ market in a converted school bus in 2009 and it grew to include an indoor Farm Market, several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Share programs in Richmond and Washington, D.C., and a work-in-progress urban farm and educational training center. Its mission is to grow, source and distribute fresh foods and encourage a healthy diet of homegrown and hand-made items from the local food shed, contributing to the health of the community, the environment and the economy.

Founder Mark Lilly says, “Together we can make positive changes from within our food system, create local resiliency, educate our youth, create jobs and promote healthier living. All proceeds from our Farm to Family CSA program and Farm Market will go towards our BusFarm projects, including school visits, urban farming, nutrition education, social programs and more.”

The FarmBus, one of the keystones of the BusFarm operation, has garnered international attention from the design, business and agricultural communities, and has received coverage on BBC World News, CBN News, the Rachael Ray show, and in People magazine. "Everybody wants the FarmBus to visit – it’s an amazing and very effective mobile program for children and adults alike. However, bottom line, we need sponsors and donations to support and fund these visits. We need the community to partner with us – corporations, small businesses and individuals – to help keep this program rolling," says Suzi Miles-Lilly, co-founder.

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