About the Farm
The Fauquier Education Farm, a 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 2010. The original plan of establishing a community farm was initiated by the Fauquier Community Action committee in 2009. In 2010 a new non-profit organization was established to further develop a program of agricultural education and the growing of fresh produce for lower income residents.
The work of the Farm is led by the Fauquier Education Farm Executive Director.
The Virginia Co-operative Extension office in Fauquier County plays a critical role in the operation of the Fauquier Education Farm (FEF). Extension staff members serve as advisors to the FEF board and to the Director. The Farm, located on Fauquier County property on Meetze Road, serves as a laboratory to pilot new techniques as well as to provide continuing agricultural education to interested citizens.
The FEF has a dual focus: offering agricultural education and growing produce for local food banks. Programs are conducted to serve existing farmers, beginning farmers, students, and residents of the community. This education component has included:
- The Beginning Farmer program
- Agricultural best practices demonstration
- Workshop Series
- Field trips for school classes and other groups
Fresh produce grown on the Farm is distributed to local food banks for further distribution to those in need. In 2017 over 60,000 pounds of produce was grown and distributed. Crops planned for the coming year include: squash, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, eggplant and tomatoes.
The Education Farm depends on the support of volunteers as well as financial contributions from our community. In order to get on our volunteer contact list or make a contribution, please visit our How to Help section.
Each year, the Fauquier Education Farm files a Form 990 with the IRS which provides information about the Farm's financial standing and activities. Forms from the past few years are available here.