Near Northeast Community Supported Agriculture Program

Project Overview

FNC20-1220
Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2020: $7,525.00
Projected End Date: 01/31/2022
Grant Recipient: Soul Food Project
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
Project Coordinator:
Danielle Guerin
Soul Food Project

Commodities

Not commodity specific

Practices

  • Education and Training: youth education
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture, farmers' markets/farm stands, market study
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture
  • Sustainable Communities: analysis of personal/family life, community development, employment opportunities, leadership development, quality of life, urban agriculture

    Proposal summary:

    The Northeast side of Indianapolis has been a food desert for over 20 years only just receiving a small grocery store in 2016. Many residents still rely on fast food establishments or take the bus to the nearest grocery store which is a 30 minute trip. While economic viability for my operation is important, I want to be a socially responsible as possible and my focus is on improving the quality of life for the community that I operate in. 

    To solve this problem we want to try two different direct marketing solutions: subsidized community supported agriculture program and a farmer’s market. We will trial 10 shares with a sliding fee scale, with shares being as low as $10. We will also guide the community in planning a biweekly farmers market in order to help strengthen the local economy and capture the audience that we can’t serve with the CSA. We chose these two options because a CSA can take away the uncertainty of picking out fresh produce while a farmers market gives us the opportunity to educate a wider audience. 

    Project objectives from proposal:

     

    Survey 50 households with the community needs food security assessment. 

    Establish a 12 week CSA program that serves 10 families between June and October.

    Host 2 nutrition/cooking workshops to educate families 

    Create a toolkit  for other farms/organizations  to use that includes how-to’s, recipe cards, and resources for families

     

     

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