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Come find out what we’ve been up to at the Bensley Agrihood

Work Days

Agroforestry Consultations

We have been working with Professor Joel Koci from VSU to assess the quality, opportunities, and possibilities for agroforestry plans on site in the Bensley Agrihood. To learn more about VSUs work with agroforestry and upcoming agricultural events HERE

MLK Day of Service

We had 4 volunteers come and help us cut down a section of the brush around where the incubator farm learning garden will be. We had a great time jamming to music and getting to know each other See pictures HERE

Permaculture Work

Our team has been learning about permaculture hands-on through community resources and community partners roughout the Chesterfield, Petersburg and Richmond region. To learn more about Permaculture in the Richmond-region, click HERE

Goatscaping with RVA GOATS

We had the pleasure of hosting a team of goats and sheep from RVAgoats that cleared a considerable section of land in the proposed incubator farm and learning garden area. Learn more about RVA goats HERE. See photos of the goats HERE!

Agriculture and Communal Education

Community engagement lesson with Virginia Community Voice

Virginia Community Voice is an organization that addresses equity by encouraging institutions and organizations to engage and make decisions regarding historically marginalized communities. Another session is coming up soon so STAY TUNED

Permaculture talks at Community events

We had the pleasure of hearing from our partners Joel Koci, Patrick Johnson and our project coordinator, Danielle Freeman Jefferson at our inaugural event. They covered topics of Agroforestry and the importance of Forest Bathing, needs and important principles of permaculture, and the presence of indigenous medicines in the trees, bushes, and plants that we are familiar with

Girls for a change Camp Diva

Camp Diva is a 6 week camp for black girls in the Richmond-region where the girls experience a wealth of activities, workshops and lessons surrounding identity, leadership, and craft. This summer, three classes of girls between the ages of 10-14 were introduced to the concept of an agrihood through the lens of community support networks, or more specifically, the permaculture principle of companion planting. We explored the history of herbalism, the support networks that plants use, and there support networks that they experience in their own communities. To learn more about how the classes went and see some photos from class Click HERE

Do you work or live in the Bensley area?


“The agrihood is an example of what can happen when compassion and innovation intersect.”

Angela Patton, CEO and Founder of Girls For A Change

“No matter who or what you came from, we all have to eat food”

Duron Chavis, Executive Director of Happily Natural Day

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