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The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe
Richmond, VA

Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green has established "core activities" specific to each sector of tourism, and these practices are considered the required minimum for participation in the program. However, Virginia Green encourages its participants to reduce their environmental impacts in all aspects of their operations, and this profile provides a full list of all their “green” activities. These are the activities that guests / customers can expect to find when they visit this facility.

The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe

A former storefront in a historic warehouse, just blocks from one of America’s oldest farmers markets, represented the ideals of urban renewal, eco-friendly design, and healthy dining options, all in the heart of the city. A second location was established near the historic village of Midlothian, Virginia, and we still maintain our commitment to locally sourced and organic foods, fair trade coffees and teas, and a level of comfort reminiscent of a rustic farmhouse kitchen.

From our inception, we have worked to incorporate healthy living and healthy eating along with our goal of creating a green space where we actively integrate many of the principles Virginia Green promotes. We encourage recycling, composting and the use of green practices along with a commitment to local, healthy, organic, sustainable and biodynamic products and services.

We work to purchase locally produced foods and wines, to educate our customers to adopt a menu that has healthy foods including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and O-B-S-L wines that are selected with care to make our environment healthy and enjoyable.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are made from bio-based materials 
- Use disposable containers that are made from recycled content paper 
- Use disposable containers that are compostable and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Do not have grease to be recycled 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Cardboard 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Purchase organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' foods 
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities 
- Print menus on recycled content paper with soy-based inks 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Use high-efficiency hand dryers 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Have high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Use cisterns 
- Use rain barrels ( 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 

The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe    The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe

For more information on The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe, see or contact Kathleen Richardson at or 804-325-3988.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see

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