LEESBURG, Va. (ABC7) — “Here at Loudoun Hunger Relief, we are committed to good and healthy food that contributes to wellness,” Loudoun Hunger Relief executive director Jennifer Montgomery said.
Their commitment is now taking a step forward.
“We thought about, what can we do? What can we do to impact the community? What can we do that’s sustainable? What can we grow? What can we be proud of?” JK Moving Services president Chuck Kuhn said.
The answer, for Kuhn and his Loudoun County-based company, came in the form of a 150-acre farm.
“Using our land to grow and share food is a way we can contribute and address food insecurity by providing healthy foods throughout the year,” Kuhn said.
“You can see that we’ve already got the ground tilled,” said Michael Smith, pointing to an area of land in the distance. Smith now runs the farm, which they are calling JK Community Farm.
Work… With a view! Spending this sunny day at JK Community Farm in #LoudounCounty. Mike will be growing veggies for families in need in the area! #givingback @jkmoving
“The fact that we could potentially yield 50 thousand pounds out of this section of field that was just grass is a beautiful thing,” Smith said.
The produce will then fill the shelves at Loudoun Hunger Relief.
“We’re hoping and planning to overwhelm them with the amount of meat and vegetables that we are providing,” Kuhn said of their efforts.
From there, they plan to expand to other food banks. Volunteers from JK Moving Services will help to harvest the crops.