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Farm-to-Families

Sponsor Farm-to-Families

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Farm-to-Families Program

Feeding our local community healthy, local, freshly harvested living food.

Farm-to-Families provides qualified families with fresh, wholesome produce and educational opportunities that empowers them with the skills and knowledge to use locally grown produce and to grow their own, and nourish their communities while promoting healthy living.

What it Does

Farm-to-Families provides nutritious, fresh, sustainably grown vegetables to low-income families in the South Bay that have limited access to fresh produce

Families will be provided free educational programing that will give them the necessary skills to prepare healthful meals for their family. Classes will include cooking, nutrition, regenerative agriculture practices, and low-cost home gardening.

Produce is grown using Regenerative Farming practices in the Tijuana River Valley. The three pillars of Regenerative Agriculture are soil health, social fairness, and animal welfare, which are practiced and taught at Wild Willow Farm. Every CSA box equals an additional 50 square feet of living soil and regenerative land management. Support for Farm-to-Families supports a local non-profit educational farm working to relocalize food and provide food security to our region, no matter who you are or your income.

How it Works

A $200 monthly donation provides one low-income family a weekly box of nutrient-dense, farm-fresh vegetables from the Wild Willow Farm CSA program, along with nutrition and cooking classes. In cooperation with local health clinics, families in underserved communities will be qualified based on their desire, commitment, and availability to participate fully in the program. Distribution and family selection will be done in coordination with our partner health and community organizations in the South Bay.

Timeline

Jan 2018 Fundraising and partnership development.
Feb 2018 Outreach, community building and participant applications.
March 2018 Finalize participants (20 families) and program orientation.
Spring/Summer 2018 Program roll-out: begin weekly deliveries to qualified families; classes, garden builds.

By the end of the program, qualified participants will receive a home garden build (where possible) and be provided continued support and mentorship.


Funding to implement the program

$10,000: Expand production and secure our growing areas: new beds, field fencing, irrigation upgrades, pasture development. FUNDED and under development.

$4,000: Install a walk in cooler to keep food we've grown fresh and reduce food waste. FUNDED and under construction.

Additional funding helps us grow program capacity

$20,000: Build a second classroom (30' dome).
$2,000: Build animal-proof dry food storage.
$4,000: Farm Kitchen improvements.
$2,000: Improve our materials yard and mechanical workshop.
$25,000: Expand growing areas for advanced farmer training and capacity for the program to grow further.
$10,000: Install solar panels and get Wild Willow Farm off the grid.

Program Sponsors