Community Food Collaborative

Community Food Collaborative

Community Driven | Community Grown
We are an urban agriculture nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to:
Community Wellness
Our farm sites are places where neighbors can connect with their food and with each other. We support our community’s wellness in three ways 1) increasing access to fresh, nutritious, affordable food 2)  nurturing positive relationships through collaboration, and 3) growing healthy relationships with food through nutritional literacy programs.
Environmental Stewardship
We use regenerative farming to turn lawns and unused public land into agricultural and educational places. We never use industrial pesticides or fertilizers and we design our farm sites to mitigate runoff, protecting our community’s water supply and maintaining the integrity of our soil. 
Public Education
We currently provide after school and summer programs to middle school students in Richmond City and Henrico County. Our curriculum focuses on five areas that are geared towards empowering youth: nutrition literacy, social justice, sustainability and conservation, leadership and mentorship, and social entrepreneurship. 

Why Farming?

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.

Your Donation Makes a Difference

We dedicate immense resources toward supporting our community’s health, wealth, & vitality. Your gift helps to ensure that we can continue to serve families through our network of urban farms, educational programs, and community markets.

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Community Food Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible.

Community Driven | Community Grown

Community Food Collaborative transforms community health, wealth, and vitality by reimagining our relationships to food and farming.