Bringing local produce to Virginia Zoo

Zookeeper Martha Hamilton feeds a grape to a red panda at the Virginia Zoo as part of a demonstration during Breakfast with the Animals Aug. 10, 2013. The Farm Table will provide produce for this year’s Breakfast with the Animals, 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Virginia Zoo photo by David Totten.)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Zoo is partnering with a Richmond organization to offer fresh, local produce to Zoo members.

According to a news release, Virginia Zoo members will get a $15 discount on memberships to The Farm Table as a result of the new partnership.

The release also says The Farm Table will provide produce for the Zoo’s annual Breakfast with the Animals in August, an event exclusive to members of both organizations.

“We’re always looking for ways to add value for our members,” said Greg Bockheim, executive director of the Virginia Zoo. “The Farm Table provides local produce that is grown on sustainable land and delivered fresh, which fits in well with our conservation mission, too.”

The Farm Table started in 2010 to reconnect people with local farmers growing food on sustainable land. Produce is harvested and delivered as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours.

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