One innovative proposal is to use part of the space to create the County’s own productive, ecologically- and financially-sustainable farm whose mission is to donate 50% of the harvest to local people who do not have access to fresh produce.
This would meet and exceed the goals for a community park, and have long-term goals of:
- Educating students and supporting future farmers
- Creating a network of local public and private open space conserved through active farming
- Donating fresh produce through Food for Others, and bringing local produce into schools
- Increasing the wider community’s connection to food and the land
CSA sales offering fresh, high-quality produce to hundreds of local families would cover all operating expenses.
The park planning committee is interested enough that it unanimously agreed to include this proposal in its public comment session. Now it’s up to YOU to fill out a comment card to PROVE that there is public support for sustainable farming in Fairfax County.
Public comment session for the future of the park:
Thursday, October 4
Come ANY TIME from 7:00-9:30pm and just fill out a comment card
McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA
Your vote really counts to let the County know that our community values small, local farms.
Download, print, and distribute Salona Flyer (PDF) far and wide!
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 703-915-2173.