Hunger is a very real, often hidden, issue that impacts all communities, no matter where in the world you live. Yet, it can be tough to fathom how to make difference to the millions of people who face food insecurity each day across the globe. With this in mind, CapRelo stepped back and decided to help those in need one meal at a time.
CapRelo and its enterprise partners launched the JK Community Farm in 2018 to help those struggling with food insecurity, including children, senior citizens, families, and individuals. The 150-acre Community Farm is a non-profit that grows organic fruit, vegetables, and protein without chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and features examples of sustainable agriculture, like a compost system, rainwater harvesting, and drip irrigation.
During the Farm’s first year of operation, crops were planted and then harvested from one acre of the 150-acre property. The following year, the Farm expanded to seven acres and had a dedicated beekeeper. Fueled with the help of corporate and community volunteers, the Community Farm donated over 147,000 pounds of fresh food in 2020.
Fundraising efforts are critical to sustaining the mission and extending the reach of the farm. These donations have allowed:
- The Farm to build a greenhouse to start plants from seed on site and a high tunnel for season extension, which is important to provide fresh food for the families it serves through the winter.
- Increase production to 7 acres, adding 12 raised beds, a greenhouse, a high tunnel, and expanding our protein program to a sustainable herd of 25 black angus cattle.
The Farm donates its yield in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief, Food for Others, and Arlington Food Assistance Center, and works to increase access to fresh produce and protein to the food insecure through educational programs, corporate team building initiatives, and community gardening activities.