We are excited to announce that Heritage Point farm was featured in the September – October issue of the Cooperative Grocer Magazine! It’s great to see our beloved farm getting this kind of national attention. Heritage Point is truly something to be proud of folks!

Read the article here:

http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/articles/2013-10-14/heritage-point-farm-cooperative-urban-farm

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Visit Heritage Point

Jon Shup —  October 8, 2013

On Saturday, October 19 from 9am – 2pm Heritage Point Farm will be hosting our last Visit the Farm day of the year. Enjoy live music by the Flying Davenports (12pm – 2pm), partake in light refreshments and learn about the tremendous growth that the farm has experienced in its first year.

Feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. As always, please, no pets. RNFC_Heritage_Point_Farm_Dedication__130608_0400 copy

Visit Heritage Point

Jon Shup —  July 19, 2013

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It’s what you all have been waiting for! Starting August 3, you can visit Heritage Point, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op’s urban farm every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am – 1pm. Come and see the nation’s largest contiguous urban farm, and meet the farmers who grow the great produce and flowers you can find at the Co-op. Co-op farmers will be on-hand to answer questions. Also, visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch on the grounds. Everyone welcome! Please, no pets.

Note: Once we obtain our business license, the Farmers’ Market at Heritage Point and Visit-the-Farm days will take place every Saturday from 8am – 12pm in season.

Visit-the-Farm Days

  • August 3
  • August 17
  • September 7
  • September 21

Rainy Days

Jon Shup —  July 5, 2013

Rain is generally great for farmers, but with the vast amounts that have fallen over the last week, the Heritage Point Farmers are in a recovery mode of sorts. All in all, the rain has not caused extensive trouble, but it sure hasn’t helped.

The salad mix, one of the more delicate plants at the farm, is struggling.  Some of the crops have been lost and the plants that made it, probably won’t meet quality standards.

The bees are working hard to dry out the honey in their combs and the farmers are busy assessing the next steps.

Other more hardy plants are thriving, and gulping up as much of the sparse sunlight as they can.

Sean Jordan reported, “We all got pretty wet. The only ones that didn’t seem to notice were the chickens.”

Even with all of the rain, we are still hopeful and the farmers are keeping their heads above the water (sorry for the pun). So, as always, onward toward the goal of great local food!

P.S. If you haven’t done it yet, why don’t you head over and “like” the farm’s Facebook page! Click Here!

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Thanks to the efforts of the farm staff and everyone else who pulled together to help out, the Heritage Point Farm Dedication on June 8 was a great success. We had 8 vendors for the farmers’ market, an estimated 350 attendees, and wonderful weather (after the rain in the morning).

We were very encouraged by the enthusiastic response from our community, and are thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant local-focused city. Thank you to all who attended and made this event what it was. We look forward to serving the Valley in the years to come.

Please stay tuned for more information about the weekly farmers’ markets. They will be postponed until we have acquired our business license for Heritage Point.

P.S. After all was said and done, the farm staff collected only 2.15 lbs of trash from the event! Good job Roanoke!

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The Dedication Must Go On!

Jon Shup —  June 7, 2013

Despite the mud and the potential for rain, we will still be holding the Farm Dedication event tomorrow. The days events may look a little different than planned but the key is that we are going to be dedicating the farm to you, our community. Please join us, and bring an umbrella!

P.S. Don’t forget to take 460 to the farm. The directions on Google maps often misdirect to a closed road. See the previous post for more details.

The Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op is dedicating its 25 acre urban farm to the community on June 8. The driving directions to Heritage Point Farm provided by Google Maps often direct you to a closed road. The farm is located at the end of Blue Hills Drive, off of Rt 460.

Directions:

From the Co-op on Grandin: From the Co-op parking lot, take a left onto Grandin Road, then a right at the stoplight onto Memorial Ave. Follow Memorial for just under a mile and turn right onto Campbell Ave at the stop light. Follow Campbell through downtown for 1.4 miles then turn left onto Williamson Road. After .8 miles on Williamson, turn right onto Orange Ave (460E). After 3.1 miles on 460 E, take a left at the stoplight onto Blue Hills Drive across from Wendy’s and Suntrust. Follow Blue Hills Drive to the cul de sac then take the gravel road to the farm.

581 North: Take exit 4E to US-460 E/Orange Ave. Drive 3.4 miles on 460 E, then take a left at the stoplight onto Blue Hills Drive across from Wendy’s and Suntrust. Follow Blue Hills Drive to the cul de sac then take the gravel road to the farm.

Driving West on 460 (coming from Bedford/Lynchburg): About .7 miles after the Bonsack Kroger, turn right onto Blue Hills Drive at the stoplight (across from Wendy’s and Suntrust). Follow Blue Hills Drive to the cul de sac then take the gravel road to the farm.

Coming from I-81/581 South: Take I-81 to exit 143 (581 South). Take exit 4E to US-460 E/Orange Ave. Drive 3.4 miles on 460 E, then take a left at the stoplight onto Blue Hills Drive across from Wendy’s and Suntrust. Follow Blue Hills Drive to the cul de sac then take the gravel road to the farm.

Farm Dedication, June 8

Jon Shup —  May 28, 2013

The Co-op is very proud to announce that on Saturday, June 8, we will be dedicating Heritage Point Farm to our community.

The event will begin at 8am with a farmer’s market, at 10am we will have a dedication ceremony, followed by self-guided tours of the farm. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch under the Osage orange trees.

Also, bring a small bag of the best soil from your garden and we will give you some of our best soil!

No pets, please.

Come experience Heritage Point Farm, the nation’s largest contiguous urban farm, on June 8th and celebrate with us! See you there!

IMPORTANT: Please take Blue Hills Drive, off of 460, across from Wendy’s and Suntrust, to get to the farm. Google Maps and GPS devices will often misdirect and lead to a closed road.

Click here to view and respond to the event on Facebook.

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Growing

Jon Shup —  May 8, 2013

Every time I visit Heritage Point, I am astounded at the amount of progress I see happening. On this last visit, the second well was being drilled, the berry patch had been plowed and many of the berries planted, outside gardens were doing beautifully, and the hoop house produce was fuller than ever. Peyton, a farm team member, was planting sweet potatoes (1000 to be exact) while Sean, our Farm Coordinator, was cleaning and packaging eggs from our hens. The bees are busily moving about, flowers are in bloom (and for sale in the Grandin Village store), and growth is happening all around.

You can see from the picture below that things look a lot different than they did even a few weeks ago, and we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the next week!

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(From Left to Right) The second well being drilled for irrigation, flower gardens, the barn, housing our hens, hundreds of seedlings, and plenty more, the hoop house in full production, circular garden with herbs and flowers built around a donated sculpture (thanks Polly!), beautiful berry patch, and on top of the hill reside our bees

Spring Updates

Jon Shup —  April 23, 2013

Big things have been happening at the farm in the past few months. Somehow we went from acquiring the land to selling our own farm grown produce in the Co-op, before we knew it! So here’s a little break down to catch you up on what has been going on.

The chickens moved into their fancy new home and are loving it. In fact, the hens laid their first eggs a few weeks ago! It won’t be long before they will be producing enough for us to sell in the store.

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We hired two awesome Assistant Farm Managers Chelsea Graves and Conor Rice and a Farm Team Member, Peyton Wilson, who have all been phenomenally helpful in getting things up and running.

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Assistant Farm Manager Chelsea Graves

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(Left to Right) Assistant Farm Manager Conor Rice, Farm Team Member Peyton Wilson

Thanks to the hard work and long hours of our farm staff, one hoop house has been completed and another is under construction. Our cardboard recycling program is in its beginning stages with cardboard from the Grandin store being placed in the trench that runs through the center of the hoop house.

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The next step will be to add worms which will digest the cardboard and turn it into fertile soil for the plants! We also planted a variety of veggies, which have all done extremely well and…

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We are now selling some of that fresh produce in our store on Grandin! We have two different kinds of salad mix (Asian Blend and Salad Blend) as well as delicious radishes. We also have quite a few seedlings available outside at our seedling sale. In fact, most of the plants available at the seedling sale were potted and cared for at the farm.

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And finally, Sean, Chelsea, and Conor successfully introduced 20 thousand bees into their 6 hives on a hill overlooking the farm. The bees will help with pollenating the produce on the farm and will eventually produce enough honey for us to sell.

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Farm Coordinator Sean Jordan, left, helps Conor Rice install bee hives

So, as you can tell, a lot has happened and will continue to happen at the Co-op’s Heritage Point Farm, the largest contiguous urban farm in the United States.