United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond, Inc.
1010 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond VA 23227
Mission Statement

The mission of Shalom Farms is to work with communities to ensure access to healthy food and the support to live healthy lives. 

 

Through sustainable food production and hands-on experiences at the farm and in the city, Shalom Farms provides thousands in Richmond with access to healthy food…and healthy lives.

Thousands in Richmond lack access to healthy food. Many also lack the tools and resources to prepare and share it. Shalom Farms seeks 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.  
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dominic Gibbons Barrett
Board Chair Meredith McNabb
Board Chair Company Affiliation VAUMC
Contact Information
Address 1010 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227
Telephone 804 266-1914
Fax 804 266-9399
E-mail info@shalomfarms.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $283,000.00
Projected Expenses $310,000.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of Shalom Farms is to work with communities to ensure access to healthy food and the support to live healthy lives. 

 

Through sustainable food production and hands-on experiences at the farm and in the city, Shalom Farms provides thousands in Richmond with access to healthy food…and healthy lives.

Thousands in Richmond lack access to healthy food. Many also lack the tools and resources to prepare and share it. Shalom Farms seeks 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.  
Impact
Shalom Farms connects high-poverty and food insecure communities with consistent access to fresh and healthy foods, using a strengths-based approach tailored to the unique needs and assets of stakeholders. Our work is most focused on Richmond’s East End (Church Hill and Greater Fulton), with a secondary focus on Southside (Oakgrove/Bellemeade, Hillside Court) and Northside (Highland Park, Barton Heights, and Battery Park). In 2013, over 700 individuals directly benefited from our health and nutrition programs offered in these communities. Thousands more received produce distributed through our partners, including 35,000 lbs donated to FeedMore. Other methods of distribution and programming include workshops, cooking classes, food pantries, farm stands, and meal & snack programs. Shalom Farms is on pace to grow over 85,000 lbs in 2014.

Our 6-acre organic farm, located 35 miles west of Richmond in Goochland County, is both the source of this fresh local produce and a learning lab for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Though the farm experience is adjusted to meet the needs of each group, all visitors learn about sustainable agriculture, food access, connections between obesity and hunger, and the importance of eating healthy. Volunteers lend a hand in farm work, becoming agents of positive change in the area’s food system. Over 3,000 volunteers visit the farm annually, including residents of our partner communities and participants in our programs. In 2013, third-graders from 9 Richmond Public Elementary Schools, many of those located in our target neighborhoods, came to the farm to learn about soil and encounter food at its source.

Our novel Youth-Run Farm Stand (YRFS) program empowers youth through educational programming by developing hands-on, food-based entrepreneurship skills. Participants, ages 9-16, manage their own weekly pop-up Farm Stands selling fresh and affordable Shalom Farms produce to their neighbors in areas with low access to healthy food. Each week, activities engage students in learning about nutrition, cooking, gardening and food access. This curriculum, adapted from a national model developed by Michigan State University, invites youth to discover the meaning of good food – food that is good for our bodies, our environment, and our communities. A unique and effective model, YRFS meets the immediate needs of underserved communities by creating direct access points to affordable, healthy food, while simultaneously affecting lasting change through the education and empowerment of a new generation of food advocates. The program is entering its fourth year at the Neighborhood Resource Center and Reid Elementary School, and expanded in 2013 to include La Plaza Farmers Market, a new market located in a predominantly low-income Latino community.

In 2013, we piloted our Prescription Produce Plan in Creighton Court. This health program, implemented in collaboration with Bon Secours and the Creighton Court Resource Center, provided daily servings of fresh produce for twelve week cycles to over 120 residents. Participants from 27 households, facing a variety of health issues related to inadequate diet, checked in weekly with nurses at the Resource Center to track BMI and blood pressure and received a prescription for produce, filled at our farm stand. Monthly meetings provided a forum to discuss challenges, strategies and skills for healthy eating and cooking on a budget. This year we will continue to develop the program in the East End and plan to expand to the Southside.

 
Needs

Needs

Volunteer

Heavily reliant on volunteers, individuals groups, some of whom come once a week, once a year. Over 3,000 annually keep our farm working smoothly.

Financial

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. 

Supplies

Garden spades/trowels

100′ measuring tapes

18-Gallon Rubbermaid Plastic Storage Bins

Loppers

Stirrup hoes

20 and 40 lb. Bags of Organic Fertilizer (Southern States)

Organic Chicken Feed (found at Hertzler’s Feed Store in Powhatan and at Countryside Organics in Fishersville)

Fiskars Hand-held Pruners

Pitchforks (Lowes/Home Depot)

Grass clippings and leaves

 
Background The lead agency for the Shalom Farms project, United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR), 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 pre-school, after-school, seniors programming, and emergency relief services. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Virginia Corporation in 1971, the organization changed its name to United Methodist Urban Ministries in 2005 and transitioned from a neighborhood center and direct service provider to an organization engaged in social, economic, and spiritual justice issues on a city-wide level. While firmly rooted in the United Methodist tradition, UMUMR accomplishes its goals through productive partnerships with many diverse faith and secular organizations. Key objectives are to: engage congregations and communities in working together for the transformation of Richmond’s neighborhoods; increase access to healthy foods in inner-city Richmond; and connect people and organizations for the development of affordable workforce housing. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Metro Richmond
Metro Richmond, Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair Meredith McNabb
Company Affiliation VAUMC
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email meredith.mcnabb@gmail.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Heidi Hertz
Company Affiliation Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email heidi.hertz@healthyyouthva.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dominic Gibbons Barrett UMUMR Director
Roger Boeve Retired, Performance Food Group
Charles Fitzgerald Community Leader
Katie Gooch Reveille UMC
Matt Gottwald Beechwood Farms
Lisa Guthrie United Way
Heidi Hertz Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Kelly King Horne Homeward
Natalie May University of Virginia
Meredith McNabb VAUMC
Peter Moon Retired, United Methodist Church
John Thompson Thompson & Mullins
Ruth Wilkinson United Methodist Women
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
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
Experience

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
NameTitle
Steve Miles Farm Manager/ Vol. Coordinator
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 1500
Retention Rate 100
Plans
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
Programs
Description
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-based entrepreneurship; and 3) linking community groups to a wide range of food security resources and partners.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Budget $213,000.00
Short Term Success
-We anticipate growing and distributing50k lbs in 2013..
-By the end of 2013 we will offer monthly educational opportunties in each community and see a 50% improvement in attendance and participation between May 2013 and Nov. 2013.
-Residents from each target community and participants at our farm stands will participate in pre and post "Nutritional IQ" surveys. We will see improved performance from 75% of participants and higher “Nutritional IQ” among participants than nonparticipant peer groups.
-From May 2013 - Nov 2013 we will offerweekly farm stands and see improved sales and attendance each month.
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 $283,000.00
Projected Expenses $310,000.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
--$151,847$8,500
Government Contributions$25,752$80,000$94,630
Federal------
State------
Local--$80,000$80,000
Unspecified$25,752--$14,630
Individual Contributions$438,060$90,139$52,427
------
$60,369$70,668$27,370
Investment Income, Net of Losses$21$17$11
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$1,392$1,800
Revenue In-Kind$1,165----
Other$965$126$95
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$281,237$229,683$180,223
Administration Expense$59,576$41,423$28,167
Fundraising Expense$20,976$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.451.450.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$429,316$238,654$116,419
Current Assets$379,566$202,341$86,965
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$9,824$1,486$2,334
Total Net Assets$419,492$237,168$114,085
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities38.64136.1637.26
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 1/2016View