What We Do
Project GROWS is a non-profit farm located on 10 acres in the rolling hills of Augusta County, Virginia. We believe that all the world’s problems can be solved in a garden. We are growing a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable generation of young farmers and community-builders and are accomplishing this goal through 1) food production, 2) food access, and 3) food education.
Summer Farm School and Field Trips:
Our eight-week summer program brings youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, and Valley Community Services Board’s Camp Excel, to the farm to learn growing and team-building skills and come away with a wider understanding of their food, nutrition, and health. The community farm also serves as host to public and private school groups who come to visit and work at the community farm. In 2013, Project GROWS developed a gardening curriculum that aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Educators are welcome to browse our Summer Curriculum 2014 and bring out your class for a hands-on garden lesson to illustrate what students have learned.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm-Share Program:
2015 marks Project GROWS’ third year offering weekly shares of our vegetables to individuals and families in the community. Contact our Farm Manager: sam[at]projectgrows[dot]org questions or at (540) 480-0371. Thank you for supporting Project GROWS and our efforts to connect children and youth to food.
Project GROWS manages the Wednesday afternoon North Augusta Farmers Market (NAFM) and the Saturday Waynesboro Farmer’s Market (WFM). The NAFM market is located in Verona, Virginia at the Government Center Market Dock. It is held every Wednesday from noon – 5:00 p.m. The Waynesboro Market is held every Saturday from 9-1 pm, May to October 1.
Project GROWS teams with children and youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County to grow soil. Our worm composting program at the Boys and Girls Club turns vegetable scraps into rich soil with a little help from some red wiggler worms. The offspring of these worms help us make compost at the community farm.
We love our volunteers! During the growing season (May 1-October), Project GROWS staff and volunteers boogie down in the dirt during our weekly open volunteer day every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (or sundown) with a community potluck around 6:30 p.m. We hope to show the full range of what you can grow in the Shenandoah Valley and how you can grow it.
You may have years of experience growing produce, cooking healthy meals, or working on a farm. We encourage you to get involved. For more information, please contact jenna[at]projectgrows[dot]org