Senior volunteers cultivating community in Reston

The Reston Farmers market is a weekly event that offers as much personality and fellowship as it does food.

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Senior volunteer John Lovaas not only started the farmers market in Reston 21 years ago, he helped create what has become a community institution.

His wife Fran joined John in this agricultural labor of love 10 years ago. Together they manage the RFM at Lake Anne Plaza, a weekly event that offers as much personality and fellowship as it does food.

RSVP Northern Virginia outreach specialist Rob Paine visited the market over two Saturdays this summer and has filed the following video report.


The Reston market is one of 11 farmers markets run by volunteers under the auspices of the Fairfax County Park Authority, one of the local agencies RSVP volunteers can help support.

To learn more about volunteering with the farmers market or with any Fairfax County Park site, please contact RSVP Northern Virginia volunteer specialist Carly Hubicki at 703-403-5360 today.

We hope you enjoy the video. Thank you John and Fran for all of your inspiring volunteer work!

RSVP Northern Virginia, a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Arlington and Volunteer Alexandria, caters to local seniors and retirees, offering more than 200 meaningful volunteer opportunities.

RSVP volunteers help seniors age in place, they assist local veterans in need, and they help prepare communities for disasters. RSVP also recruits volunteers for various community events.

RSVP volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage and meal reimbursement and are invited to volunteer group projects and social gatherings.

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