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Love the ideas for our school? We have an impactful and important dual-purpose mission, both of which offer a more sustainable future. First, we are pushing a reform in education, for a better way to create a continuous stream of graduating members of your community with strong work ethics and the creativity, critical thinking, and adaptive skills necessary to meet the demands of an ever-changing future. Secondly, we are encouraging and promoting our future agrarians – students who may well pursue a future in the agricultural industry, and maybe even some future ocean scientists.

We are humbled by the generosity of our neighbors, friends and school families who are willing to donate to the school whether it is time, cash or equipment. If you would like to help in some way, explore the options here or contact us.

Donors will be recognized both on the school’s website and on signage at the farm.

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Grapes and berries will be a welcome addition to the farm. We’ll be able to supply the local brewery with some flavorful, organic berries!

We welcome folks who want to help these teens make discoveries and connections. We always welcome volunteers for project time, tutoring, and farm work. If you have a farm specialty and wish to share your knowledge, you can lead that project area or be part of it. As for animal husbandry, the farm currently has small ruminants, pigs, dairy cows & goats, and horses. We will be adding aquaponics as well as pond raised fish, permaculture plots and a greenhouse. The students will have many opportunities to develop additional projects on the farm. We welcome expertise from the community who wish to help the students develop these projects.

Cash Donations

Cash donations can be earmarked directly to a student project, activity, or scholarships. For tax deductable donations, we are partnered with the Homeschool Resources Group in Richmond, VA that provides services to the homeschooling community as well offering STEM related after school activities, including robotics teams, to all youth in their area. Every donation you make to us, helps them and the greater Richmond community as well.

Paypal donations or checks are also gratefully accepted. Please let us know where you would like the funds to be spent either in the note field on the Paypal page or the memo field on your check. 

Checks may be mailed to:
LOCAL STEW U
P.O. Box 339
Oilville, VA 23129

In Kind Donations

As with any school or education outreach, there is always a wish list! We are a bit different in that our wish list includes not only supplies and essential electronics, but farm equipment, assorted hand tools, and even welding equipment! The following drop down lists show some of our current donation needs.

Farm Equipment


We are also grateful for donations of used equipment that works and meets our safety requirements. The safety of our staff and students who will be operating the equipment are our top priority.


Tractor w/bucket

Price: 10,000+Size: For 40-60 acresNotes: The farm and school will use this machine to keep up with the land needs and animal needs. Used equipment that is in safe, working order is acceptable. A bucket is necessary to our operations. A backhoe would be a welcome addition.

Utility Vehicles

Size: 4 seater w/dump bedNotes: With a property size of 40+ acres, utility vehicles are an invaluable resource and a necessary item for farm safety and response time. 4-seaters are better considering the number of students working. Used vehicles in safe, working condition are gladly accepted.

Pull behind utility cart

Notes: 4 seater utility vehicles leave little cargo space. Utility carts add functionality to our utility vehicles.

Zero-turn mower

Notes: A good quality, zero turn mower will be critical in managing grasses and weeds on the property. Used equipment in safe, working order is gratefully accepted.

Chicken Coop

Notes: The property does not currently have a chicken coop. Students will design and build a chicken tractor, but when we first move in, we’ll need housing for our 20+ egg layers.

Woven wire fencing

Notes: We need to add woven wire to the existing 3 board horse fence that runs around the permitter of the 40 acre farm. This will be used as a barrier for horses, cows, goats, and hogs to keep the animals safe from accidental escape onto Broad Street.

Electronic Needs


The Amazon Wish List link is provided for specifications only. We do not expect you to use the selected vendors. 🙂


 

Flat panel TV (qty 6)

Size: 55Notes: Students work in small groups on big projects and planning tasks. Smart boards not only allow them work through ideas, but to capture and share their projects with others.Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/31FOIY28GBM9F/ref=cm_wl_list_o_8?

iMac (qty 6)

Size: 21.5Notes: 6 iMac workstations will be provided to the students for research, study, graphic design and marketing projects. Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/31FOIY28GBM9F/ref=cm_wl_list_o_8?

iPad Pro (qty 7)

Notes: iPad pros are used by student teams for research and collaboration across projects. Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/31FOIY28GBM9F/ref=cm_wl_list_o_8?

Logitech iPad Pro Keyboard Case (qty 6)

Notes: This keyboard and case both protect the iPads and extend their capability for the students.Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/31FOIY28GBM9F/ref=cm_wl_list_o_8?


Miscellaneous Needs


Our Miscellaneous list includes items from commercial kitchen equipment to rakes and shovels!


Commercial kitchen equipment

Item Promised!
Price: 15,000+Notes: Replacing the home's kitchen with commercial equipment allows the school to pursue the farm-to-table culinary aspects of the program.

Welding equipment

Price: variesNotes: The school needs masks, aprons and tools to acommodate the training of up to 5 students at a time in the welding class.

Hand tools

Notes: The school will need up to 35 of each: rakes, shovels, hand trowels & tools, hoes, trimmers, etc.

Carpenter's bags w/tools

Price: variesNotes: We needs 8 tool bags with common wood working/fencing tools

hammers, prybars, etc

Price: variesNotes: The school needs 10 extra carpenter's hammers, wire fencing tools, prybars of various sizes and related tools.

First Aid kit (Qty 8)

Price: $22.00 eachNotes: First aid kits will be accessible to students in case of accident or emergency at several locations on the farm, house and on utility vehicles.Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/31FOIY28GBM9F/ref=cm_wl_huc_view

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