Volunteers joined JK Community Farm Manager Michael Smith on Monday to plant the first crop at the farm: onions.
The charitable farm is starting on 10 acres, where volunteers will plant, grow and harvest onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, peppers, and bush beans.
In the first year, JK Community Farm is expected to donate 53,000 pounds of crops along with meat, at an estimate retail value of $235,000, to be distributed by Loudoun Hunger Relief to families and other hunger nonprofits.
“It’s going great,” Smith said. “I’m really, really happy with the crew we have out here.”
To volunteer at the farm, sign up at JKCommunityFarm.org. Currently, volunteering work is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with weekend opportunities expected.