Strategies for success to start and sustain food bank gardens and farms.
Kitsap County is lucky to have three food banks which sustain gardens: Bremerton Foodline, North Kitsap Fishline, and South Kitsap Helpline.
The Farm to Food Pantry Program has enabled the Clark County Food Bank to create different kinds of connections with growers, as well as helping to to increase the variety of produce they provide.
Two large gardens in Moses Lake create community and a sense of ownership.
The Thurston County Food Bank partners with The Kiwanis Club of Olympia to run a successful garden program that produces 40,000 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.
Don’t underestimate what a backyard garden or community garden plot can grow! Encourage residential or community gardens to participate in the gleaning program by donating excess produce or a plot.
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.
Growing vegetables for a food bank is different than growing vegetables for anyone else, especially in regards to variety and quantity.
Outreach methods for community gardeners: how to build incentives, attend events, market at garden stores and track donations