We are a family-operated farm and residential landscaping company. Terra Firma has been serving Richmond, Virginia for over twenty years.
We know Richmond! We cut our teeth in the industry maintaining Richmond area landscapes in the 1990s. Obviously we were tiny babies at the time. In 1997, we founded Terra Firma Landscaping and in 2005, moved to our farm in Hanover County. As our landscaping company grew we refined our hot compost process, dedicating a generous portion of the land to our yard waste composting operation.
In 2015, we added worm bins to our operation and began vermicomposting with red wigglers. After testing different bin types, temperatures, ingredients and harvesting methods and examining and applying the resulting vermicast in our gardens, we were hooked. It was time to combine our love for ethical farming, vermicomposting, ecological landscaping and general earth consciousness into a new venture - Terra Firma Organics. TFO initially worked similarly to a CSA; deliveries of farm goods including produce, herbs and pastured eggs were brought to customers during their regular visits.
Food Waste Collection
In March 2017 we launched a residential and commercial food waste collection service covering not just our customers, but many neighborhoods throughout our Richmond service area including the Fan, Museum District, Tuckahoe, West Side, North Side, Lakeside and some parts of western Glen Allen. RVARecycling utilized our existing landscape crews to collect local scraps and bring them to our Montpelier farm for conversion to compost.
Food Waste Composting
There's more than one way to skin an apple! Food waste is repurposed on our local farm using multiple methods. Our free-roaming chicken flocks - traditional egg layers as well as rescued hens - enjoy scratching through scraps, "processing" them into fertilizer. Other food scraps go to our hot compost bins for inoculation. Partially composted waste goes to worm bins for vermicomposting. All compost components are combined, turned and screened manually for ultimate quality - resulting in a true craft product.
When we began, we knew it was important to keep pick-up costs reasonable to allow for maximum participation. Our unique vertical business model allows us to keep pick-up fees comparatively low.
We give back to those generous enough to give us their food scraps. Our bucket credit system allows program participants to redeem earned credits for fresh eggs, seasonal produce and other earth conscious items - or for free pick-ups. We value local - the items we offer are thoughtfully chosen and are typically grown, made and/or printed right here in RVA!
We hope you will consider partnering with us for a better world, a better Richmond, and a better local way of closing the food waste loop!