Frank

Community

Farm

 
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AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO NEURODIVERSITY IN THE WORKFORCE.

Frank Community Farm celebrates and values differences in the workplace. We take advantage of each individual’s strengths, rather than discounting their abilities simply because of their weaknesses.

Everyone has areas of strength and areas of weakness. Our calling is to put each person in a position within our organization that lets them best demonstrate their strengths.

Beyond the farm environment, we help our workers further develop a repertoire of skills that will allow them to continue succeeding in the workforce.


Healthy Produce

Our staff and interns are dedicated to providing our community with fresh, local, and naturally grown produce, free of harmful pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals. Visit our Facebook or Instagram to find us at a market near you!

 
 

PRODUCTS

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Potted Plants

Small | Medium | Large

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Bath Salts

Citrus | Lavender

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Sugar Scrubs

Lemon | Lavender | Mint Eucalyptus

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Check out our store to see all our current products..

 

OUR TEAM

 
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Our Interns


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Braden

What were you doing before interning at Frank Community Farm?
"I was volunteering at Diversity Thrift and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with my behavior coach. We also learned about recipes and many other things."

What do you enjoy most about interning at FCF?
"I like painting pots, selling at the markets, and planting and weeding the gardens. I also like to harvest the gardens."

After your internship, which parts of the business would you like to become employed with?
"I would like to be a cement artisan and a farmer."

What new things have you learned during your internship?
"I have learned a lot about new skills, such as making cement pots and being careful when you paint them. I have also learned about how to put the seeds in the ground and how to take care of the plants, too. I have also learned how to be a good salesman and how to greet people. It is a lot of hard work but it also is very fun too."

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Eric

What were you doing before interning at Frank Community Farm?

"Before Frank Community Farm, I was attending an adult day services program for individuals with autism."

What do you enjoy most about interning at FCF?

"At Frank Community Farm, I am most satisfied by harvesting our beautiful vegetables that we have grown. It is just so rewarding!"

After your internship, which parts of the business would you like to become employed with?

"I wish to honestly be involved with the administration department of the farm following my yearlong internship."

What new things have you learned during your internship?

"While in the program, I have learned many things, but I would especially love for you to know that I have learned how to interact with the customers efficiently and appropriately when at the farmers markets and other market events."

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Brittani

What were you doing before interning at Frank Community Farm?

"Landscaping and working on my art portfolio, as well as occasionally selling my artwork at conventions."

What do you enjoy most about interning at FCF?

"Working with others like me and getting to serve the community."

After your internship, which parts of the business would you like to become employed with?

"I would like to mainly focus on being a cement artisan and working in spa production. I can occasionally lend a hand with farming if understaffed on farming days. I'm not sure how good I'd be at administration but I would like to learn if it would help."

What new things have you learned during your internship?
"Learning to have more patience and understanding when working with others. I'm also learning about coping with sensory issues when dealing with the public. It can be a lot for me even if it doesn't seem like it, but I feel like I'm improving."

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Josh

What were you doing before interning at Frank Community Farm? 

"Volunteering with family on personal projects with the occasional community outreach."

What do you enjoy most about interning at FCF?

"Being able to produce products that people will buy and even enjoy."

After your internship, which parts of the business would you like to become employed with?

"Farmer or spa production."

What new things have you learned during your internship?

"That you are always a valued contributor to any community that you serve, no matter the profession."

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Charlie

What were you doing before interning at Frank Community Farm?
"I was volunteering at Diversity Thrift one day every week. I worked with my behavior coach on how to do chores at home, make and eat new foods, and cook."

What do you enjoy most about interning at FCF?
"I like working with Crystal in the farm, watering the plants, planting the seeds, and putting labels on the bath salts."

After your internship, which parts of the business would you like to become employed with?
"I would like to do farming and spa production."

What new things have you learned during your internship?
"I have learned to be quiet when I work with other people. I learned how to plant seeds and I learned how to help them grow."

 
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Matt

What were you doing before interning at Frank Community Farm?

"Volunteering around Richmond, I found people to be mean and rude to me. I also volunteered in a kitchen and was enjoying it but without notice I was placed in a position stocking and wasn’t told why I couldn’t volunteer in the kitchen anymore. I hated it. I had several kitchen jobs that also didn’t work out because several companies were unwilling to be flexible with some of my needs." 

What do you enjoy most about interning at FCF?

"Farming! I get to move around, work with my hands, and learn new things! I also like thinking of new ways of utilizing the produce in my cooking. I enjoy eating the food we grow. I love working at the markets. I love talking to our customers about the products we produce. My favorite market is the Brunch Market. I love the music, the customers, and those biscuits!!!!"

After your internship, which parts of the business would you like to become employed with?

"Farming and selling at the markets."

What new things have you learned during your internship?

"I have learned more natural and organic ways to grow food. I have learned patience through farming and how to be patient and understanding with the other interns! We are a great team!"

Our Staff


  Crystal Stokes, MS    President | CEO    Crystal completed her bachelor’s in theatre and business at Averett University in 2005. She spent two years performing in musical theatre, and then five years house managing at two large non-profit theatres in Washington, DC. During this time, she gained experience in managing large numbers of staff and volunteers. Looking to become involved in the human services field, Crystal moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 2010 to work as an instructional assistant at a local school for autism. She later went on to work as a support coordinator for a local waiver service provider, where she oversaw in-home residential and day support services. In 2014, she completed her master’s in psychology at the University of Phoenix. She currently works as a behavior coach for adults with autism, and as a therapeutic mentor for teen girls.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and making music. She has always dreamed of having a farm, and has worked tirelessly to build the foundation of Frank Community Farm. She is excited to bring a fresh approach to neurodiversity in the workforce.   email :  cstokes@frankcommunity.org    call : 804-878-2233

Crystal Stokes, MS

President | CEO

Crystal completed her bachelor’s in theatre and business at Averett University in 2005. She spent two years performing in musical theatre, and then five years house managing at two large non-profit theatres in Washington, DC. During this time, she gained experience in managing large numbers of staff and volunteers. Looking to become involved in the human services field, Crystal moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 2010 to work as an instructional assistant at a local school for autism. She later went on to work as a support coordinator for a local waiver service provider, where she oversaw in-home residential and day support services. In 2014, she completed her master’s in psychology at the University of Phoenix. She currently works as a behavior coach for adults with autism, and as a therapeutic mentor for teen girls.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and making music. She has always dreamed of having a farm, and has worked tirelessly to build the foundation of Frank Community Farm. She is excited to bring a fresh approach to neurodiversity in the workforce.

emailcstokes@frankcommunity.org

call: 804-878-2233

   Rachel Matthews,    MEd, BCBA, LBA    Vice President | Director of Training   and Behavioral Support   Rachel completed her bachelor’s degree in African American studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, and her master’s in special education at George Mason University in 2015. She also holds graduate certificates in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from George Mason University and autism spectrum disorders from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rachel obtained certification as a board-certified behavior analyst in 2016. She has experience working as an intellectual disabilities service coordinator, as well as supervising ABA services and in-home residential waiver services. Rachel is passionate about creating a society that celebrates neurodiversity, and she is excited to embark on this new initiative to fulfill that mission in our local community.   email:   rmatthews@frankcommunity.org     call:  804-869-6478

Rachel Matthews, MEd, BCBA, LBA

Vice President | Director of Training and Behavioral Support

Rachel completed her bachelor’s degree in African American studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, and her master’s in special education at George Mason University in 2015. She also holds graduate certificates in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from George Mason University and autism spectrum disorders from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rachel obtained certification as a board-certified behavior analyst in 2016. She has experience working as an intellectual disabilities service coordinator, as well as supervising ABA services and in-home residential waiver services. Rachel is passionate about creating a society that celebrates neurodiversity, and she is excited to embark on this new initiative to fulfill that mission in our local community.

email: rmatthews@frankcommunity.org 

call: 804-869-6478

  Adam Weatherford    Director of Agriculture   Adam is a native-born Virginian. His childhood was spent in the rural farmland of Pittsylvania County, where he learned construction and farming practices from the family business. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 2004. Afterward, he spent time traveling and working in New York City, Central America, and California. In San Francisco, he found his passion working with the neurodiverse community as a job coach on an organic farm. There he worked with a master gardener to build a small farm that employed members of the local neurodiverse community, teaching them to produce organic food for area farmers markets. Since returning to Virginia and settling with his family in Richmond, his passion for farming and building has continued. He has constructed numerous gardens in the Richmond community and beyond. Adam has a love for growing food and for growing confidence in those in need.   email:   aweatherford@frankcommunity.org    call:   434-203-7486

Adam Weatherford

Director of Agriculture

Adam is a native-born Virginian. His childhood was spent in the rural farmland of Pittsylvania County, where he learned construction and farming practices from the family business. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 2004. Afterward, he spent time traveling and working in New York City, Central America, and California. In San Francisco, he found his passion working with the neurodiverse community as a job coach on an organic farm. There he worked with a master gardener to build a small farm that employed members of the local neurodiverse community, teaching them to produce organic food for area farmers markets. Since returning to Virginia and settling with his family in Richmond, his passion for farming and building has continued. He has constructed numerous gardens in the Richmond community and beyond. Adam has a love for growing food and for growing confidence in those in need.

email: aweatherford@frankcommunity.org

call:  434-203-7486

 
  Jon Greene    Board of Directors – Chairman   Jon earned his bachelor of individualized studies from James Madison University. While at James Madison, his concentration of study was in human resource development and autism spectrum disorders. He has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2002 across a variety of settings, including residential group homes, schools, private homes, and a psychiatric hospital. He is currently employed by Hanover County Schools and works with high school students who have autism in an extensive needs classroom. Jon has a passion for improving the lives of adults with developmental disorders, as well as a firsthand understanding of the current need for meaningful employment opportunities. These interests led him to become involved in Frank Community Farm.

Jon Greene

Board of Directors – Chairman

Jon earned his bachelor of individualized studies from James Madison University. While at James Madison, his concentration of study was in human resource development and autism spectrum disorders. He has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2002 across a variety of settings, including residential group homes, schools, private homes, and a psychiatric hospital. He is currently employed by Hanover County Schools and works with high school students who have autism in an extensive needs classroom. Jon has a passion for improving the lives of adults with developmental disorders, as well as a firsthand understanding of the current need for meaningful employment opportunities. These interests led him to become involved in Frank Community Farm.

  Taylor Harrison    Media Consultant|  Board of Directors   –Secretary   Taylor completed her bachelor’s degree in digital media at Eastern Mennonite University in 2013. Following her graduation, she traveled to Paraguay, where she worked as a media consultant and mentor for a girl’s shelter named Vientos de Esperanza (Winds of Hope). She was touched by the children’s talents and strength in spite of the struggles they faced, and she decided to return to the states to pursue further education toward working with children with disabilities. Taylor currently works as a full-time team leader at an after-school program for individuals with disabilities. In her free time, she enjoys photography and communing with friends of diverse neurological experiences..

Taylor Harrison

Media Consultant|Board of Directors –Secretary

Taylor completed her bachelor’s degree in digital media at Eastern Mennonite University in 2013. Following her graduation, she traveled to Paraguay, where she worked as a media consultant and mentor for a girl’s shelter named Vientos de Esperanza (Winds of Hope). She was touched by the children’s talents and strength in spite of the struggles they faced, and she decided to return to the states to pursue further education toward working with children with disabilities. Taylor currently works as a full-time team leader at an after-school program for individuals with disabilities. In her free time, she enjoys photography and communing with friends of diverse neurological experiences..

  Robert Maino    Board of Directors –Intern Advocate    

Robert Maino

Board of Directors –Intern Advocate

 

  Patrick Dodson    Board of Directors – Co-Chair   Patrick grew up in Richmond. In his twenties, he helped create Richmond Waldorf School and served on its board for several years. In his thirties, he taught rock climbing and team-building skills to children at the YMCA. His passion is gardening, both ornamental and edible. Patrick is a member of the Bionutrient Food Association. He also has his own business in the Richmond area, Humblebee Perennial Gardening. Patrick lives with his daughter, his fiancée, and her two children, both of whom have autism. He serves on the board of Frank Community Farm to foster more opportunities for people who live with autism and to build a healthier community and knowledge base around them.. 

Patrick Dodson

Board of Directors – Co-Chair

Patrick grew up in Richmond. In his twenties, he helped create Richmond Waldorf School and served on its board for several years. In his thirties, he taught rock climbing and team-building skills to children at the YMCA. His passion is gardening, both ornamental and edible. Patrick is a member of the Bionutrient Food Association. He also has his own business in the Richmond area, Humblebee Perennial Gardening. Patrick lives with his daughter, his fiancée, and her two children, both of whom have autism. He serves on the board of Frank Community Farm to foster more opportunities for people who live with autism and to build a healthier community and knowledge base around them.. 


 
 
 

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