Although agriculture is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s top economic sector, our capital city of Richmond has been cited as the country’s largest food desert for a city of its size. Researchers and community members alike have long identified food insecurity as a catalyzing factor in community deterioration by contributing to poor health outcomes, economic isolation, poverty concentration, resident tensions, and urban decay. In response, CFC has collaborated with partners from every sector to address our community’s needs. We transform underused public land into productive farm sites, where every member of the community is welcome to eat, learn, and grow with us.
NASA estimates 40 million acres of US land is covered in grass lawns.
We believe we can do better! Growing healthy, nutrient-dense food in an ecologically conscientious manner puts neglected land to good use and offers tremendous opportunity for individual and community wellness.
Coming Soon! Cornerstone Community Farm
We are excited to announce that with the help of Henrico County Public Schools, the Henrico Board of Supervisors, and the Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District, we are installing 5.5 acre farm site at Fairfield Middle School! Cornerstone Community Farm is an economic and agricultural collaboration that supports neighborhood vitality through sustainable food production, job creation, and environmental stewardship. The farm is a living laboratory where education and entrepreneurial opportunity intersect to create proud young farmers, scholars and business leaders. The site will combat two critical local challenges – food insecurity and stormwater runoff – in a setting that promotes education about both.