Empowering Young People
COMMUNITY URBAN FARM
Farmer Fredo standing inside the Hoss Tools Sustainable Living Center’s Demonstration Market Garden at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA. Showcasing an example of 1/4 acre Community Urban Farm.
The partnership between Flint River Fresh and community partners can create a unique opportunity to develop educational programs and hyper-loca food production on land throughout Dougherty County.
We want to grow as much food as possible across the city for school meals, local restaurants, grocery stores, and assist families in need. We will also use it as training ground to teach others especially young people how to grow food for themselves.
The farm could produce an average of 10,000 lbs of food a year, and provides fresh produce to:
the school cafeteria, where 100% of students receive Free/Reduced Lunch, through a Farm to Cafeteria program,
families in the community through a Fresh Produce Box program, a pre-made produce box filled with 6 to 8 locally grown fruits and vegetables (15 of shares are allocated for low-income households)
seniors, people with disabilities, single-parent homes, and locavores
cooking demonstrations and classes
produce donations to the school food pantry, backpack program, community food relief programs in Dougherty County, and special school events.
Fresh Communities Urban Farm Project will host numerous educational programs and community events throughout the year, including workshops, field trips, tours, farm camp, an after-school enrichment program, internships, apprenticeships, and volunteer days for all ages.
Food Access: Every year we will allocate at least 25% of our harvest for hunger relief/food access programs.
Farm to Cafeteria: Our commitment to bettering the health of students means that we work within the budgetary limitations of the school nutrition program. Produce is used for the salad bar as well as in cooked meals for the school year and summer programs. The farm can provide DOUGHERTY GROWN PRODUCE that meets nearly all the produce needs of the kitchen year round.
Donations: We donate to the school’s Food Pantry and Backpack Program on Fridays, supporting families who need a little extra help with healthy options through the weekend.
SNAP/EBT: SNAP customers receive double the value of their purchase both in the Fresh Box program and at the Farm Stand through a partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Georgia Fresh for Less program.
We can set a big precedent partnering with community partners to create a city-wide production farm on school grounds, community centers, city parks, church properties, and feed our neighbors DOUGHERTY GROWN PRODUCE.