Phase 1 Accomplishments and Thanks


Community Beautification – Phase 1 completed 10/23/2016
Cleaned up and revitalized ~5,000 sq ft of a 7,000 sq ft lot

25 volunteers; 200 volunteer hours resulted in:

  • (25) food-bearing trees and perennial shrubs planted and mulched
  • (4) water retention and filtration swales dug —¬†estimated to retain and filter approximately 273,000 gallons of rain water annually (via calculator,
  • (3) trellis structures
  • (1) wildflower field for pollinators planted (200 sq ft)


The creation of “Lush Farms” made an immediate impact thanks the donors of Keep Virginia Beautiful.

The former dumping ground/empty lot is now planted with 25 food-bearing trees and perennial shrubs and field of wildflowers. The site also has several water catchment swales to retain and filter rainwater and stormwater runoff. This will provide ongoing irrigation of, and water filtration of, a beautiful site. Dubbed “Lush Farms,” the site visible to locals at a busy intersection and to daily riders visiting Virginia by rail.

The design, donated by the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute, ensures that there is food available for food and wildlife alike. Every grouping of plants works together to produce food in sequence from early spring through late November.


Press coverage of event:

A detailed view of the design can be seen here (.pdf):

Thanks to

Underwriting Grant ($1,000): Keep Virginia Beautiful

Keep Virginia Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with funding thanks to the following sponsors:


The “Lush Farms” project made possible by these additional

Supportive Businesses and Organizations

American Meadows — wildflower seed for pollinators
Big O Tree & Lawn — several tons of wood mulch (& delivery)
Buckingham Branch Railroad — parking for volunteers
Edible Landscaping — (4) pear trees and plant discounts
George Bowers Grocery — food and drink
McCaskey & Pyle Law — trellis materials, construction labor, survey advice
Pennywhistle Provisions — food and drink
Shenandoah Permaculture Institute — permaculture design and labor (Emilie Gooch Tweardy, Trevor Piersol, Ryan Blosser)

Absolutely thanks to all the volunteers — without whom none of this would be possible.

Thank you for making “Lush Farms” a reality. Stay tuned about the next phases by joining the Lush Farms mailing list.

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