Shalom Farms
1010 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond VA 23227
Mission Statement


Our mission is to work with communities to ensure access to healthy food and the support to lead healthy lives. We seek to collaboratively transform the Richmond food system so that all people have access to good food - food that is good for our bodies, good for the environment, and good for our communities. Through hands-on experiences on the farm and in the city, Shalom Farms and our diverse partners are making a difference on dinner plates all over the Richmond area.


Grow Food. Grow Community.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dominic Gibbons Barrett
Board Chair Heidi Hertz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Contact Information
Address 1010 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227
Telephone 804 266-1914
Fax 804 266-9399
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $732,250.00
Projected Expenses $795,794.00


Our mission is to work with communities to ensure access to healthy food and the support to lead healthy lives. We seek to collaboratively transform the Richmond food system so that all people have access to good food - food that is good for our bodies, good for the environment, and good for our communities. Through hands-on experiences on the farm and in the city, Shalom Farms and our diverse partners are making a difference on dinner plates all over the Richmond area.


Grow Food. Grow Community.


Shalom Farms connects high poverty and food insecure communities with consistent access to fresh and healthy foods through strengths-based outreach and programming. Our work is most focused on Richmond's East End, Southside and Northside. In 2017, hundreds of individuals directly benefited from our health and nutrition programs operated in these communities and thousands more benefited from produce distributed through our partners. In 2017 alone, 500,000 servings of produce were distributed through programs and partnerships to meet the needs of children and families in food-insecure communities. Distribution and programming occurs through cooking classes, food pantries, farm stands, and meal programs.

Our farm model is a hybrid that combines best practices in sustainable agriculture with best practices in volunteer engagement. We are able to provide volunteer and educational opportunities for groups of all backgrounds. Our expert staff plan yearly, seasonally, and weekly to pair volunteers with the most appropriate jobs. Though the farm experience is tailored to each group, all visitors learn about food access, connections between obesity and hunger, the importance of eating healthy, and sustainable agriculture. Over 6,000 children, adults and families visit the farm annually, including residents of our partner communities, program participants, and local students.

Our community development work extends far beyond the produce we grow and the educational experiences we offer on our farm. We lead innovative and collaborative programs that seek to increase access to fresh produce in key demographic areas of the Richmond. Our involvement in the Healthy Corner Store Initiative began in 2015 at the request of the Richmond City Health District. Together we expanded the program to 10 new locations that increase access to fresh produce through corner stores, convenience stores, and gas stations. Our Grown To Go Community Mobile Market, founded in 2016 in partnership with RVA Food Collaborative, provides weekly pop up farm stands from June to November in ten communities across Richmond with limited access to fresh, local produce. Our Prescription Produce Plan equips participants to live healthy lives by providing educational resources and supports to increase use of fresh produce. Each week over the 10 week program, we offer a free health check and write a prescription of Shalom Farms produce equal to one serving, per person, per day. Participants will also attend biweekly classes facilitated by Shalom Farms, VCU dietetic interns, and the American Heart Association that bring nutrition education and cooking skills together to provide resources and knowledge around preparing healthy options.




Shalom Farms relies heavily on volunteers to keep our farm working smoothly.  If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website to learn more!



We are a small organization with a modest budget and overhead. Financial resources allow us to strengthen our programs and build our staff capacity. Financial contributions allow us to maximize your donations, but donations in whatever form are always greatly appreciated. Here is a list of some of our specific supply needs at the farm. 100% of individual contributions go straight to program costs.



100′ measuring tapes
18-Gallon Rubbermaid Plastic Storage Bins with Lids
Stirrup hoes
20 and 40 lb. Bags of Organic Fertilizer (Southern States)
Fiskars Hand-held Pruners
Pitchforks (Lowes/Home Depot)
Grass clippings and leaves


Shalom Farms is the evolution of the work of the United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR) which has a long history of social service work in low-income communities. Founded in 1937 as Bethlehem Wilson Communities, the agency played an integral role in the Fulton and Highland Park communities, providing services to over 1,500 individuals and families per year that included preschool, afterschool, seniors programming, and emergency relief services. In 2010 the organization shifted its focus to food access work, eventually changing the name to Shalom Farms.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Metro Richmond, Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair Heidi Hertz
Company Affiliation Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Heidi Hertz
Company Affiliation Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Dominic Gibbons Barrett Shalom Farms Executive Director
Roger Boeve Retired, Performance Food Group
Sam Davis, III The Davis Group
Charles Fitzgerald Community Leader
Matt Gottwald Beechwood Farms
Lisa Guthrie Virginia Transit Association
Heidi Hertz Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Nan Leake Partners Group
Natalie May University of Virginia
Meredith McNabb Virginia United Methodist Conference
Peter Moon Richmond District United Methodist Church
Will Scribner smbw Architects
John Thompson Retired, Thompson McMullan
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Dominic Gibbons Barrett

Dominic Gibbons Barrett has been the Director of United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond and Shalom Farms since February of 2010. He currently serves on the Richmond Public Schools Garden Task Force and chairs the enterprise development subcommittee of the Mayors Food Policy Task Force. In 2010, Bread for the World recognized Dominic as one of 75 "Hunger Justice Leaders" -- leaders under 30 from across the US identified as "the best and brightest young advocates" on issues of hunger. In 2012 he joined the board of the Virginia Food System Council as the Food Justice/Hunger representative and works with the council to develop statewide strategies to improve the food system in ways that benefit our most poor and marginalized communities. Dominic draws from 3 years of experience running Youth, Families and Schools programs at Palmetto Project, a statewide nonprofit and incubator in Charleston, SC. He also worked as an Americorp VISTA with international social entrepreneurship organization Ashoka where he helped lead marketing and programming efforts for Youth Venture, giving grants to 12-20 year-olds to start their own social ventures. Dominic is a native of Lynchburg, VA and a graduate of Elon University where he was an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow.

Senior Staff
Steve Miles Director of Farming Operations
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 6000
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Shalom Farms is a nonprofit community farm project with the overarching goal of increasing food security in the Richmond region, particularly in low-income urban neighborhoods. A collaboration with many diverse and expert partners, the project is attaining its goal by: 1) providing fresh and healthy produce to underserved communities; 2) providing educational training to children and adults on growing food, nutrition, and food preparation skills; and 3) linking community groups to a wide range of food security resources and partners.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Budget $776,000.00
Short Term Success

-We aim to increase direct access to healthy food in low income, low access communities of Richmond, particularly public housing communities through increased production and volunteer capacity at the farm.

-We also aim to increase the capacity of residents in target communities to prepare and consume fresh produce.

-We anticipate growing 600,000 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and welcoming 8,000 visitors and volunteers in 2018. Given our recent farm expansion, have set a goal of growing 1 million serving of fresh fruits and vegetables and welcome 10,000 visitors and volunteers annually by 2021.

Long Term Success

Improved food security across Metro Richmond:

-Hunger is alleviated

-Community social cohesion is increased

-Food-based entrepreneurship is increased

-Community self-sufficiency is improved

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $732,250.00
Projected Expenses $795,794.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$60,818$25,752$80,000
Individual Contributions$301,831$438,060$90,139
Investment Income, Net of Losses$241$21$17
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$1,392
Revenue In-Kind$3,490$1,165--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$506,769$281,237$229,683
Administration Expense$52,145$59,576$41,423
Fundraising Expense$13,979$20,976$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.401.451.45
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%78%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%5%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$705,350$429,316$238,654
Current Assets$394,111$379,566$202,341
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$59,094$9,824$1,486
Total Net Assets$646,256$419,492$237,168
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.6738.64136.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
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