Share the Harvest with Schoolyard Farms

For: Fresh vegetables for every family
Portland, OR
Organizer: Schoolyard Farms
Share the Harvest with Schoolyard Farms (Fresh vegetables for every family)
$2,630
of $8,000 goal
32% Complete
Raised by 23 donors

The Story

Every parent wants to feed their kids healthy food.

Not every family can afford it. You can help to fill that gap. 


Our non-profit school farms are much more than classrooms. Schoolyard Farms’ CSA provides 8,000 pounds of healthy, local food to Portland-area families each year.


Our vision is for everyone to be able to enjoy the food we grow, but federal programs that help low-income families afford fresh food are being cut back. For households shopping on food budgets of less than $10/day, fresh vegetables can seem like a luxury.


You can change that.


With your gift today, Schoolyard Farms will provide a weekly vegetable subscription throughout the season to 27 low-income families at greatly reduced cost.


DONATE NOW TO HELP BRING HEALTHY FOOD TO FAMILIES IN NEED.


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The Details

Schoolyard Farms is partnering with the Outside In Partners in Health program and launching a SNAP match for our current members to reserve one-third of our CSA shares for low-income families in the Portland Metro area this season. For every $300 raised, a low-income family will be able to access farm fresh veggies from June-October for only $5.50/week. 


To be successful, we need to raise $8,000 to grow and deliver food for 27 families, cover the costs of processing SNAP payments and administering the Outside In program, and provide resources for easy-to-make recipes.


The CSA program is not only key to the sustainable operation of Schoolyard Farms; it is a core part of our mission to create healthy communities and connect kids to nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate.


GIVE TODAY TO HELP ALL KIDS, REGARDLESS OF INCOME, LEAD HEALTHY LIVES.


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About Schoolyard Farms

Schoolyard Farms partners with public K-12 schools to build working farms on their underused schoolyards. We teach kids where their food comes from, how to grow it and cook it, so they can grow up to be healthy food citizens.


Mission

We are dedicated to creating healthier communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate.


Vision

We envision a world where school-based farms teach everyone where fresh, nutritious food comes from, how to grow it and cook it. Where high schools prepare students with green job skills so they can become the leaders of tomorrow. And where small-scale farming thrives, creating viable local jobs and a healthier food-system. Through our work, the next generation will grow up to lead healthier, more productive lives.


Values:

  • We believe that good food comes from good soil. We go to great lengths to be good stewards of the land and grow food in responsible, regenerative ways. For us, this means minimal tilling, cover crops and integrated pest management. Healthy soil equals healthy food which equals healthy kids.
  • We believe that everything’s connected. A mantra at Schoolyard Farms is, “Self-care, people-care, earth-care.” One leads to the other. With this in mind, we strive to build meaningful relationships with our students, neighbors, community partners, and more, because we know that together we’re better.
  • We believe in doing things differently. Whether it’s using social enterprise to sustain our programs or pioneering pathways for serving local food in the cafeteria, we believe in taking a second-look at old systems, using the parts that work and replacing the parts that don’t.
  • We believe that good food is a human right. We want to invite everyone to sit at our table--regardless of race, income or geography--and eat healthy, local food. To do this, we must consciously work toward breaking down our own individual, cultural and political barriers to ensure a healthy community.


Impact:

  • Thousands of kids reached each year, increasing the likelihood that they grow up to be healthy adults.
  • 32,670 square feet in production at two schools.
  • Over 8,000 pounds of produce harvested for the community each year.
  • More than 1,300 kids receive hands-on garden lessons.
  • 1 in 4 kids in our programs grew from liking vegetables “a little” to “a lot” by the end of the school year.
  • 129  volunteers donated 2,959 hours in 2017!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 18, 2018

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Posted on April 18, 2018

Join us for a Schoolyard Farms Happy Hour on April 24 at Ecotrust to celebrate YOU! Your support makes it possible for us to provide fresh, healthy food to families in need, and we want to say thanks. 

RSVP: Eventbrite -or- Facebook Event



Posted on April 10, 2018

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Posted on April 10, 2018

Weeding the garlic! We are so excited that over 1/3 of the produce we are growing this season is going to families in need. 

We have raised $1,465 in the first week! Thank you all so much! That covers the cost of growing veggies for nearly 5 families. 

Spread the word, let's keep up the momentum. 

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