2021, 2020, 2014, 2013
Launched in 2018, our Climate Victory Gardens (CVGs) campaign is improving access to healthy food by recruiting new and seasoned gardeners across the country to use regenerative gardening practices. Modelled after the successful Victory Gardens of WWI and WWII, our CVG campaign is recruiting individuals and communities to turn their backyards, nearby vacant lots, parkways, or open fields into spaces that produce healthy, organic food.
Growing Gardens of Boulder County Inc
Growing Gardens works to support diverse families in all its programs. We are the only organization in the region that donates fresh, organic, local food as well as the education and resources to empower individuals to grow their own family’s food.
Through the Growing Gardens Food Project, we share 20,000 pounds of fresh, organic, locally grown produce with low-income families, mostly through community partner organizations. We also distribute 30,000 plant starts and seeds to support families in growing their own food. The Children’s Peace Garden program teaches the importance of fresh, healthy food, biodiversity and community through organic gardening practices. Hands-on education in ecology, pollinators and our food system, and vermi-composting (worm composting) engage 8,000 children per year.
2021, 2020, 2019
Guidestone’s Farm to School Program provides fresh, local produce and education to Salida School District (SSD) and the Salida community. Recently, through a local food assessment community feedback process, Guidestone is seeing increased food insecurity in our valley due to economic pressures from COVID-19, the closure of the largest produce farm within an hour, and the closure of the only local grocery carrying significant amounts of locally produced foods. In response to this need, Guidestone will grow more produce; expand alternative food distribution through existing programs such as our workshare CSA, garden caretaker program and home gardener education programming; and by launching a summer CSA of weekly produce shares with the hospital.
Harlem Grown Inc
New York, NY
2021, 2020, 2019
Advancing nutrition education is one of Harlem Grown’s key focuses. Serving 1,100 students daily through our in-school programming, our curriculum pairs our Food & Farm Curriculum with an innovative and immersive cafeteria intervention program led by Harlem Grown Sustainability Mentors to encourage students to make healthier choices both on and off the plate. Our programming bridges hands-on urban agriculture and sustainability education in the garden with indoor nutrition and cooking lessons.
Homeless Garden Project
Santa Cruz, CA
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014
The Homeless Garden Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has spent 30 years providing the essential business of growing food for the community and human services to those experiencing homelessness. HGP has been growing and innovating for better and more sustainable services providing job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are experiencing homelessness. Our core program has since been honed to be extremely effective and efficient, incorporating evidence-based practices, such as wrap-around support services, and providing an intensive 12-month duration. In normal times, HGP's vibrant education and volunteer program for the broad community blends formal, experiential and service-learning. The programs take place within our 3-acre organic farm and value-added social enterprises. Our award-winning program enjoys widespread positive recognition in the community.
W Burlington, IA
The Homestead 1839 mission is growing community capacity through service learning and food security for sustainable, equitable outcomes; in other words, increasing healthy food availability and providing chances for young people, needy families and people with challenges to succeed through opportunities at The Homestead.
Hunger Task Force Inc
2021, 2020, 2019
Hunger Task Force created The Farm for the express purpose of growing healthy food to ensure fresh produce access for the poor. Established in 2012, The Farm grows hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each growing season for low-income seniors, families and children throughout Milwaukee County on 80 acres of the 208-acre property. The Farm also provides a robust nutrition education program for low-income youth, manages natural areas restoration efforts throughout the property, maintains a functional fish hatchery for Milwaukee County, and manages multiple honeybee hives to provide both pollination and visitor education. A valuable community asset, The Farm is designated as protected Milwaukee County park land—to remain free from development—through the terms of a generous 30-year lease agreement with Milwaukee County.
Indian Creek Nature Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
2021, 2020, 2019
ICNC’s mission is to promote a sustainable future by nurturing individuals through environmental education, providing leadership in land protection and restoration and encouraging responsible interaction with nature. The purpose of Etzel Sugar Grove Farm is to establish sustainable, economically viable permaculture farming practices and create champions of nature through education and replication of these practices. ICNC’s vision of the farm is to create a sustainable, economically viable organic permaculture farm to educate farmers, ag lenders, land owners, procurement directors, academia, youth and other community partners on the importance of sustainable farming practices. Much of the Nature Center's land, declared a National Environmental Study Area by the National Park Service, is open to free public use.
Indy Hunger Network
Indy Hunger Network (IHN) is a collective impact organization composed of leading anti-hunger organizations working together to make a hunger-free Indianapolis. IHN and partner organizations collaborate to regularly identify opportunities to build a more efficient and effective food assistance system. IHN advocates for food justice by focusing efforts on improving access to healthy food for all and working to address higher rates of food insecurity in African American and immigrant communities.
Just Roots Inc
2021, 2020, 2019
Entering its 8th year, the Supported CSA Farm Shares program increases access to healthy, local food to low-income, food insecure populations of Franklin County, the most rural and second poorest in MA. The program runs for 20 weeks featuring distribution of locally grown produce and wrap-around support proven to positively impact health and wellness measures, cooking and eating habits, and community connection. Just Roots grows the food provided using organic practices on our Community Farm providing a bountiful and culturally diverse array of produce. Members are provided with enrollment support and weekly cooking demonstrations, free food samples, tips on cooking, nutrition and food storage, easy recipes, weekly farm news and friendly reminders. While the program is inclusive, a minimum of 50% of shares are offered to low-income residents who suffer disproportionately from diet related disease and illness.