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June 2021 Newsletter

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Farmer Feature: Thornfield Farm

Posted by on May 31, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Farmer Feature: Thornfield Farm

Layla Khoury-Hanold Susanna Thornton never envisioned farming as her future, despite growing up on a farm where her parents raised dairy and meat cows. She spent her formative childhood years here with her siblings, then left home after high school to study Spanish and Chinese at The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. So, returning to her family’s land in Fincastle, Virginia and starting Thornfield Farm, which she co-owns with her partner, Alex, and raising her own daughter, Diotima, here, is a full- circle moment....

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May 2021 Newsletter

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Vendor Spotlight: Kind Baking Co.

Posted by on Apr 25, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vendor Spotlight: Kind Baking Co.

By Layla Khoury-Hanold It’s a cool, spring morning on the season opening of LEAP’s Grandin Village Farmers Market. I can’t wait to check out new vendor, Kind Baking Company, helmed by Roanoke native Bryn McDaniel. Only, I’ve mixed up the hours and arrived too late—she is sold out of her delectable cookies, cakes, and banana bread. She still has plenty of smiles to offer; even though her mask obscures her mouth, I can tell she’s smiling by how her eyes crinkle at the corners. I return the following Saturday to try again. This time, my daughter...

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April 2020 Newsletter

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Farmer Feature: Bramble Hollow Farm

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Farmer Feature: Bramble Hollow Farm

By Layla Khoury-Hanold To hear Anna and Brent Wills tell their story, you’d think they were accidental farmers. And they kind of were. But 17 years later, after pouring their passion and dedication into raising layer chickens and heritage breed pastured poultry and pork at Bramble Hollow Farm, and being one of the original vendors of the Grandin Village Farmers Market, being farmers is very much a part of their identity.  After the couple wed in 2003, they started looking for their ideal place to settle, someplace to enjoy the outdoors,...

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March 2021 Newsletter

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Farmer Feature: Singing Spring Farm

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by Layla Khoury-HanoldWhen husband-and-wife farmers Adam Taylor and Elizabeth Spellman were looking for farmland, access to a spring was a priority. Having lived in coal country in West Virginia, they lacked access to drinkable water and drove an hour one-way to fill-up and stockpile spring water. “We love spring water,” the pair effuse. “It’s the best you can drink.”It was springtime when they toured the land in the Sinking Creek Valley, and Adam and Elizabeth discovered a vibrant water source and lush landscape punctuated with wild blue...

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Hiring LEAP Mobile Market Manager

Posted by on Feb 25, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hiring LEAP Mobile Market Manager

Please help LEAP spread the word about the job posting for LEAP’s Mobile Market Manager The Mobile Market Manager works closely with the Food Access team, Mobile Market shoppers, Mobile Market site partners, community members in the neighborhoods that the Mobile Market serves, and community partners. The Mobile Market is a farmers market on wheels stocked with fresh, nutrient-dense and affordable food. The Mobile Market travels to neighborhoods throughout Roanoke City year-round with a “main season” from May-November and a more limited...

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Hiring Food Access Manager

Posted by on Feb 5, 2021 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hiring Food Access Manager

Please help LEAP spread the word about the job posting for a Food Access Manager position.  Food Access Manager Position Description:The Food Access Manager will be responsible for strategizing, planning, and implementing LEAP’s Food Access programs, with a specific focus on listening to and working in partnership with community members and local stakeholders. Beyond technical implementation, you will conduct outreach, host meetings, and build relationships with community members, clinical providers, government agencies and...

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