Legacy Farmers Giving Back The Perfect image of meaningful work

Legacy Farmers Giving Back is a unique philanthropic initiative to plant, grow, harvest and deliver high-quality produce to local food banks using skills gained while enrolled in Legacy Farm’s Vocational Training Program.

Legacy Farms is committed to helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities explore opportunities that advance their employment, education, life skills, health and well-being.

It is estimated that over the next 8 years 500,000 adults with ASD will have an opportunity to join the workforce. Today, roughly 20 percent work full-time at either a current or a most-recent job, and their average pay is just $8.10 an hour. In total, the combined unemployment and underemployment for young adults with autism is estimated at 90 percent nationwide. Our hope is to lessen those numbers locally and inspire our participants to do a little good along the way.

Our Vocational Training Program (VTP) is designed to help ease the transition from school into the workforce, by providing hands-on learning opportunities in a farm setting.

Our Day Support programs are also agrarian based and offer those participating a variety of options such as: Garden and Art Therapy, Life Skills, Introduction to Self-Employment and Health and Well-being. Both Day Farmers and VTP participants help in the garden and greenhouse aware that most of the food they grow will go to feed low-income families.

Food security is a federal measure of a household’s ability to provide enough food for every person in the household to have an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure the risk of hunger.

In 2015:

  • 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children.
  • 13 percent of households (15.8 million households) were food insecure.
  • 5 percent of households (6.3 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • Households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 17 percent compared to 11 percent.

Our 2015/2016 Summer Garden Programs have already donated over 500 pounds of fresh produce to Loudoun Hunger Relief. The LFGB campaign will allow us to expand that service to other food banks in the area and create Community Based Instruction opportunities for local middle and high school students.

How you can help

We have a working program in place at Temple Hall Farm with plans to add 3 more programs next year all dedicated to growing food for those in need and we want you to be a part of this amazing opportunity to help.

Helping is very simple, just join The Legacy Seedlings.

The four membership levels are explained below:

There are other ways to get involved as well. Stay tuned for more details. If you would like to volunteer and help in either the garden or with one of our courses, please contact Michelle at mlautenschlager@legacyfarmsvirginia.org

Thank you for taking the time to view this presentation and if you have any other questions, visit us at www.legacyfarmsvirginia.org

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