For fans of local businesses and sustainability, Baskervill is an architectural company here in Richmond that is all about green design, whether their clients request it or not. To raise awareness about their eco-friendly practices Baskervill is hosting a series of Earth Month events every Friday of this month.
For fans of local businesses and sustainability, Baskervill is an architectural company here in Richmond that is all about green design, whether their clients request it or not. To raise awareness about their eco-friendly practices Baskervill is hosting a series of Earth Month events, every Friday of this month, as well as a recycled-art competition on Thursday, April 28th.
Examples of Baskervill’s design can be found at the Richmond International Raceway, the Richmond Marriott Hotel, and many of VCU’s buildings — like the Brand Center and the Gateway Building. Baskervill promotes sustainability by incorporating elements like solar panels, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-saving light bulbs, and special reflective window glass into the construction process.
This past Friday, Bakervill invited the Farm to Family bus to visit their offices on 15th Street. Farm to Family is a mobile food-distribution business started two years ago by husband-wife duo, Mark and Suzie Lilly. “We’ve taken a whole farmer’s market and scaled it down,” says Mark, gesturing out to his elaborately-painted school bus that houses an organic (and incredibly cute) market-on-wheels that features fruits, veggies, meats, spices, jams, nuts, dairy products, and some goodies from local vendors, like cookies, lollipops and popcorn. “We’re quality, not quantity,” Mark warns, so you may end up paying a bit more than you would at Kroger or Wal-Mart, but the food will be fresher, tastier, and have a significantly smaller carbon footprint.
The Farm to Family Bus will drive out to any location within the city (homes, schools, businesses), as long as you promise to buy at least $25 worth of merchandise. The Lilly’s also own a stationary market off of Mechanicsville Turnpike, 5 minutes from the downtown area, that only sells goods from farms and vendors within a 50-mile radius.
For their next event, April 15th, Baskervill will conduct a Rain Barrel Seminar, where stoppers-by can build their own rain barrels to take home for $50. An Electronics Recycling Drive will take place on Earth Day itself, April 22nd, and Baskervill’s 1st Annual Reclaim It! Recycled Art Competition, calling for art submission made only from recycled materials, followed by a special Wine and Cheese Night – tickets for this event can be purchased for $20 in advance.