As we approach the holiday season and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we hope that you will be able to share good times with friends, family and loved ones. It's a time to appreciate and be thankful, to enjoy each other, to reflect on the year's challenges and accomplishments, and to look ahead. We on our end have much to be thankful for, as well as much to celebrate and to plan for the future.
This year we solidified our long-standing partnership with
New Earth Farm
family of restaurants, hosted another round of international farmer exchanges with Haiti as well as numerous educational workshops and tours, constructed a new market barn and the beginnings of an on-site Learning Garden, became official
Partners in Education
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
, participated in the
Red White & Blue Ridge
Climate Ride, hosted a tremendous local & seasonal summer fundraiser on the farm and so much more!
We look forward to another year of successful programs, of fruitful partnerships, of impact made and people inspired. Thank you for all your support and efforts.
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope that you will enjoy the updates we share below.
Tour de Quisqueya 2018 - Cycle Haiti
We have a very special announcement and treat for you this Thanksgiving!
Check our website starting Thursday 11/23
for details and registration information of the 2018 Tour de Quisqueya to be held in February!
We will be offering several options surrounding the
season as well as optional activities that include natural beauty, nature hikes, waterfalls / beaches and, of course, cycling!
We will accept registrations until 12/15 and reserve the right to cancel if less than 10 registrations are received at that time.
Escape the Winter. Cycle in Paradise.
Giving Tuesday 11/28 2017
Every year we take part in this fairly new annual tradition that is
We encourage you to support us or any other organization of your choice. Our hope is that you will use the link below, which will also count towards our
Newman's Own Challenge
. But either way, let's make this the biggest and best day of giving yet!
Please make your #GivingTuesday donation here...
Silver Seal of Transparency
We want you to give with confidence so our organization did the work to earn a Silver Seal of Transparency on @GuideStarUSA! Now our community, potential donors, funders, and key decision makers can tangibly see our commitment to financial accountability.
Eden Agricultural School
Guypson Catalis, our repeat farmer exchange participant at New Earth Farm in Virginia Beach, has returned to Haiti to launch his Eden Agricultural School!
Employing 8 part-time teachers and 2 administrative staff, the school has 20 students currently enrolled in its inaugural cohort. Guypson is a man of will, many talents, and ambition: He single-handedly started this project paying expenses to date out of pocket. This includes seeds, seed trays, various tools and construction materials to build a roofed school house on his Nouvo Tè Farm property in Les Cayes, Haiti.
Now is the time for you to help us help him teach his community in sustainable agricultural techniques, to empower and feed folks, and to sustain the first 12 months of teacher salary. Our fund raiser also calls for some other initial capital investments, including for the construction of a much needed composting latrine to be used by students and staff.
Please enter the Newman's Own Challenge below to support this commendable person and his vision to provide food and education to his community! Thank You!
Newman's Own Holiday Challenge
Starting Today, November 21 at 12pm ET,
Eden Agricultural School
and through January 3 we are participating with our
campaign in the
Newman's Own Holiday Challenge
. In addition to collecting donations for the school, each contribution helps us to compete for numerous other prices and incentives sponsored throughout this period by Newman's Own. Thanks for clicking!
Click to Learn More and to Donate here...
Trees for Haiti
Sarah Stermer, a senior at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach is raising funds for tree plantings!
"What do you do when you see injustice in the world? When I witnessed the devastating amount of deforestation in Virginia Beach and the rest of the world, I wrote a letter to the mayor of my city. Excitingly, he responded and offered to meet with me to discuss my plan of action- and now, he has become a huge support system for me."
New Earth Farm's Market Barn!
Visit our on-site market to purchase produce and eggs right from our farm! We also have a variety of other locally produced goods, including cheeses, milk, yogurt, meats jams, grains and much more.
Our 2,000 square foot market building was designed to help our community foster a closer connection to the food they eat.
Regular hours are Wednesdays - Sunday 10am-6pm.
Write a Review!
Help us get a @GreatNonprofits 2017 Top-Rated Award, write a review of your experience with us!
If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our
community. GreatNonprofits - a review site like TripAdvisor - is
honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2017 Top-Rated Awards.
Won't you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It's easy and only takes 3 minutes!
Here's the Dirt about Soil, a Key to Sustainable Agriculture
Our long-time friend, mentor and previous owner of New Earth Farm, Farmer John Wilson, recently wrote a piece in a local Virginian publication. He is a seasoned farmer and advocate for the importance of healthy soil biology. His years of hard work and experience have made the farm an oasis of biodiversity and sustainably grown food.