Legacy Farms Virginia
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Legacy Farms is a 501(c)(3), community-based, vocational training venture committed to helping individuals explore opportunities that advance their employment, education, life skills, health, and well-being. Our programs are designed to help ease the transition from school into the workforce, by providing hands-on learning opportunities in a safe, innovative and effective setting. Over the past three years, Legacy Farms has provided our participants a way to experience doing actual garden and farm related tasks with the intention of leading to job opportunities in Northern Virginia. The 2016 Summer Garden Project alone helped 7 participants find sustainable employment at various farms and vineyards in the local area, in addition to contributing more than 500 pounds of produce to local food banks, providing critical volunteer time to the community and raising awareness of the need for additional programs! In response to this growing need, we are expanding our program offerings. This year, we will begin offering a set of 4 seasonal courses and 2 workshops that will provide Job Skills Training to over 100 participants. Upon completion of each course, our goal is for 40% of the participants to be placement-ready. The other participants will continue to oversee the garden and greenhouse, and enjoy other Legacy Farms Day Program services, which will include Health & Well-Being, Life and Social Skill Development, and Farm and Art Therapy.