Mission: Empowering Neurodiversity Through Garden-to-Table Apprenticeships
Results: 35+ JOBS CREATED PER YEAR
We train & work with neurodiverse individuals in paid and volunteer positions, to provide customized job mentoring as a bridge between educational/therapeutic programs and jobs in the Loudoun and surrounding communities.
9+ YEARS IN COMMUNITY
A longstanding member of the local community, Legacy Farms has been recognized by the Town of Leesburg as setting “a commendable example for others to reinforce the value & talent that people with disabilities add to our workplaces & the community as a whole.”
Target demographics: by providing garden-to-table apprenticeship style learning and jobs in a neurodiverse community of individuals learning a trade, preparing for college, and seeking internships to further their education for ages 16+.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 150+ SERVED ANNUALLY Including neurodiverse apprentices, mentors and job coaches, special education professionals and students, partner organizations, community volunteers, Loudoun County youth non-profit and school organizations.
Geographic areas served: Northern Virginia
Programs: GARDENING, PRODUCT ASSEMBLY, FARMERS MARKETS, SALES, & DELIVERY
Our work begins in the garden, where we plan, tend, and deliver produce and flowers for partners, CSAs, and farmers markets. But garden work isn’t all we do. Legacy Farms mentors and staff work with each apprentice to define interests, so that they can explore a range of garden-to-table jobs.
Some apprentices love gardening, others lean towards sales or the entrepreneurial aspects of owning a small business. We design our programming so that once we are familiar with our apprentices, we can support work at partner locations, as well as through on-site assembly of CSA deliveries.
Apprentices may also engage in sales distribution conversations, learn to sell products, and represent the organization at markets. We strike a balance between the deliveries our organization needs to make and flexibility in adapting to our apprentices’ gifts each year. In doing so, we find they bring new and creative ideas we might not otherwise have considered!
Legacy Farm is a great place to learn about farming and agricultural as well as developing social skills for all ages and abilities. The people that are there to teach and guide are wonderful people and amazing at what they do and they do so much! Those who go to Legacy Farm can expect not to just sit down and learn but to experience and put into practice what they have learned such as weeding, watering, growing, and harvesting their own vegetables and herbs! It is a truly amazing and worthwhile experience! Legacy Farm also donates what they harvests to their local food banks and seed banks! Thereby giving back to the community in more ways then one!! Though it is not for everyone since it is mainly outdoors in the farm or garden space but I would still highly recommend people come volunteer and help out in any way they can and I would recommend it to anyone with development challenges to come out and give it a try!!
To prove just what a wonderful job the people at Legacy Farm has done, a peahen had decided to lay her eggs in their spearmint bed and the butterfly sure loved those flower beds that they grew! (In the pictures)