GrowRVA connects local farms, local food and local arts with Richmond communities. We build partnerships while promoting sustainability and healthy food options for all Richmonders.
All of our markets are producer-only which means all products for sale must be handmade, homegrown, or homemade in Virginia by the vendor
Karen Grisevich, Founder & Owner
Karen founded GrowRVA to bring European style open air markets to the Richmond area. The markets combine her love of art and food with her passion for supporting local small business. Previously, she was market manager of the William Byrd Community House Market and childrens’ program coordinator for the 17th Street Farmers Market. Karen also founded Polkadot Arts, a gallery that featured work from homeless Richmond adults and children.
Doug Grisevich, Operations
Doug Grisevich grew up on a small family farm in Connecticut run by his Russian immigrant Grandparents. After serving in the Air Force and 20+ years of the corporate world, Doug found our market through word of mouth and his life has come full circle. Mornings you’ll find him feeding goats and gathering duck and chicken eggs, and the rest of the day spent assisting Karen in preparations for GrowRVA markets and events.
Linda Williams, Administrative
Linda started out making Christmas ornaments and quickly turned the love of working with color, beads, and wire into a passion for making jewelry. Now with grown children and working part time, she devotes more time to her two true loves, working with GrowRVA and her own business, Handmades by Linda.
Among her various other duties, Linda responds to email requests for information from new potential vendors and others.
Sheila D. Johnson, Social Media & PR Manager
Sheila D. Johnson is owner of Thinking of You Creations Bakery, VCU Alumni and native of RVA. Love for baking, food and family motivated her to start her bakery and share her gifts. Various positions in corporate America including data analyst and HR Manager provided foundation for attention to detail and writing to enhance business branding through blogging and social media.
Sheila manages the GrowRVA blog as well as our social media.