In an effort to encourage more bee pollination at JK Community Farm, the Purcellville-based nonprofit hosted over 115 volunteers Nov. 10 to work at the farm.
The volunteers were from Loudoun’s data center community and spent the day constructing and filling over 25 bee-friendly raised beds at the farm, according to a press release.
The beds were planted with annual and perennial crops that will help feed bees and enable the farm to donate an additional 1,000 meals annually to families facing food insecurity, the release states.
JK Community Farm grows healthy, chemical-free produce and protein and distributes it through nonprofit partners, including Loudoun Hunger Relief, Food for Others, Arlington Food Assistance Center, and DC Central Kitchen.
As the nation’s largest community farm with 100% of its yield donated, the farm will produce more than 230,000 pounds of healthy food in 2022, according to its Executive Director, Samantha Kuhn.
The volunteers were from companies such as Tate, QTS, ComNet, Stack, Albireo Energy, Commscope, Graybar, Carter Machinery, Yondr, Sunbelt, Digital Realty, Hitt, 7×24 Exchange, Himes Associates, Ardmac, Securis, CoreSite, CyrusOne, Loudoun County Economic Development, Moy Materials, RKD Architects, Aligned Data Centers, Phaidra, EdgeConneX, EE Reed, IPI Partners, Bala Consulting Engineers, JE Dunn, Iron Mountain and Ethos Engineering.