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Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Documentary Project

I’m happy to announce that “Groundwork,” an exhibition of photographs from VASADP, will open on Friday, June 3, as part of Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. The gallery is at Corporate & Museum Frame, 301 W. Broad Street. Come see a selection of photographs from farms I’ve documented through this project, learn about their sustainable [...]


BOOM BOOM Burgers is a new restaurant in Shockoe Bottom (in Richmond) serving locally sourced burgers. There is a list on the ordering counter sharing where all the burger ingredients come from; the beef comes from Polyface, cheese from Mountain View, mushrooms from Dave and Dee’s(also see VASADP posts here and here), sweet potatoes from [...]

VASADP-multimedia-teaser from Gordon Stillman on Vimeo. This multimedia teaser provides a sneak peek at more photographs from the project and introduces you to some of the growers I photographed for VASADP: Lisa Taranto, executive director of Tricycle Gardens, an urban-agriculture nonprofit in Richmond Dave of Dave and Dee’s Homegrown Mushrooms in southeast Virginia Adam Bresa [...]

I just began a fundraising campaign over at Kickstarter to help fund the publishing of the photographs and stories of VASADP. Each monetary pledge reserves a reward, and some pledge levels reserve you a copy of the book, head over the VASADP page on Kickstarter to learn more and make a pledge! And please help [...]


The University of Richmond is in its second year of offering community garden plots to faculty and staff. This year students are allowed to share a plot with other gardeners. There are approximately twenty 10×15 plots in different states, from many well-manicured vegetable plots to a few with weeds and forgotten plants. The garden allows [...]


Farm to Family, operated by Mark Lilly, is a bus that stops all over Richmond so that you can pick up fresh produce from local farmers any day of the week. The goal of Farm to Family is to provide local, sustainable and affordable produce to the Richmond metro area and to provide small farms [...]


Sub Rosa is a community supported bakery, meaning that customers pay a subscription fee and then receive a loaf (or two) of bread each week during the subscription period–currently this period is a month long. Sub Rosa is operated by Evrim and Rick; they both bake at a wood fired oven in Northern Virginia and [...]


On the 15th of September I visited Dayspring Farm on a very busy. Extension agents and other farmers were visiting to learn more about sustainable farming and share their knowledge. Below, Charlie explains techniques for successful crop cultivation and cover crops: Dayspring Farm had just planted many of its fall crops, including varieties of Kale [...]


In the beginning of September, Chimborazo Playground Park saw a bustle of activity, with up to 300 volunteers helping to build garden plots and a new playground. The garden plots are organized by Tricycle Gardens, and there are currently 18 plots. The first work day was 09.03.09, and involved preliminary work to prepare the materials [...]


The Byrd House Market is one of two farmers markets happening in Richmond on Tuesdays. The Byrd House Market, is quite expectedly, located at the Byrd community center in Oregon Hill and runs throughout the year. On this day, I visited Fertile Crescent’s Booth and captured some CSA members picking up their veggie shares. Below [...]