Community Farm Project
"Poverty and hunger are increasing in many communities in the North Central region. We believe that the Community Farm Project will provide a model for other agencies seeking long-term solutions to hunger and the problems which cause hunger. By establishing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in which low-income individuals are financially compensated for their work in the garden, we are providing an opportunity for economic growth, strengthening of life skills and a sense of self-sufficiency. We believe this project can be replicated throughout the North Central region with great success."
Obectives: To expand the Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc. to a CSA project, in which organically grown produce will be sold to local subscribers, with the income benefitting the project participants. Funds will help pay salaries of two individuals involved in the project, land needed for the CSA, fencing and other equipment and outreach.
Results: In addition to over 5,000 free meals served monthly, the Community Kitchen implemented a garden project. This project is beginning to proivde produce for the Community Kithcen and training for low-income people to grow some of their own food. Future plans call for excess produce to be marketed through local farmers' markets.