Strategies for success to start and sustain food bank gardens and farms.
When there is nothing for volunteers to glean, they are not turned away. Instead, they are redirected to farms who need assistance.
Two large gardens in Moses Lake create community and a sense of ownership.
Hundreds of volunteers harvest 35,000 - 50,000 lbs of food every year.
Food Bank Farms and Gardens are great ways to get a steady supply of fresh produce to those who need it most.
Pierce County is fortunate to have a Share the Harvest Program coordinator that works with the Tacoma/Pierce County Community Gardens. The program is focused on establishing a culture of sharing between urban gardens and the emergency food network.
Thorough procedures for constructing and operating home or school garden including low-cost garden education options and recommendations on scale, location and harvest schedule incorporation...
In a heavily urbanized area such as south King County, the potential for on farm gleans is somewhat diminished. However, there is a growing interest from some of the coalition’s food banks to develop community gardens and small farms that produce a portion of their food for consumption by food bank clients.
Outreach methods for community gardeners: how to build incentives, attend events, market at garden stores and track donations