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Happily Natural Day

Happily Natural Day

Richmond, VA

0% interest bridge loan funded March 2024

Happily Natural Day was founded in Richmond, Virginia in 2003 as an annual African centered festival dedicated to holistic health, wellness, and social change. In 2008, the organization began working with Black farmers to address the issue of food insecurity in formerly redlined neighborhoods. That work expanded in 2012, when Happily Natural began transforming vacant lots into urban gardens and later urban farms.

Executive Director Duron Chavis is an urban farmer, holistic health and wellness advocate, and vocal changemaker dedicated to reparative justice and thriving BIPOC food systems. With a focus on building power for Black and brown communities, Happily Natural offers educational programming around regenerative food production at Sankofa Community Orchard. The five acre green space is dedicated to food justice and climate resiliency and is home to 80 fruit trees in Richmond's Southside.

With a 0% interest bridge loan from Foodshed Capital, Happily Natural will be able to cover the up-front costs of an NRCS high tunnel ahead of reimbursement, expand regenerative practices, and extend the growing season.

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