Farm to Food Bank Community Self Sustainability Program
There are limited opportunities for young people to learn along side their family how to become organic farmers, which is a threat to hopeful movements toward food system security. Staff, youth, and volunteers from The Food Project work together with individual families, communities, and community partners to teach a wide range of sustainable agriculture practices. Children of all ages learn about growing their own food and eating healthily. Community members of all ages learn about the importance of food security and sustainable farming, even in the city!
The program helps residents of our target communities to grow their own food in raised bed gardens filled with healthy soil. Participants are provided with seeds, transplants, workshops, growing guides, and other support as needed. Gardening support is also available to families and groups outside of our target communities.
We believe every person has a right to fresh grown produce. This right extends beyond the consumer's purchasing power: every person has the right to access the space, knowledge, and resources for growing the food they eat and to access fresh and nutritious food grown by others.
The Community Self Sustainability Program also teaches families the importance of the Shared Land Concept within a community where families assist families by providing a portion of their land for community use.