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Food To Bank On

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is a three-year farmer incubation project that connects beginning sustainable farmers with business training, markets and mentorship, while providing farm-fresh product to food banks and shelters.


Aspects of the project include:

  • the carrot and stickTraining: Business planning, technical training workshops and field days in conjunction with the WSU Whatcom County Extension.
  • Markets: New farmers are paid wholesale rates to deliver fresh food to local food banks; farmers are connected with new markets through Sustainable Connections membership.
  • Mentorship: In addition to valuable peer-to-peer relationships with the cohort of farmers, each new farmer is paired up with an experienced mentor farmer.

Ephraim and Laura Kurszewski, The Carrot & Stick
Photo Credit Diane Padys photography (padyseye.com) - cropped

 

Forty one beginning farmers have participated in the project since 2003. Eighty percent of the project participants are still successfully farming today.

The community, farmers, and the hungry all benefit from the innovative and effective work of the Food To Bank On project. Whatcom County food banks, soup kitchens and women's shelters have received over $70,000 in fresh produce since the programs' start in 2003.


FARMER PROFILES: Click here to see current FTBO Farmers

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INTERESTED in being a part of Food to Bank On?

We're now accepting applications. Deadline October 15, 2013.
Download & Fill out Application
Contact Program Assistant, at becca@sconnect.org for more information.


Many thanks to the 2014 Farmer Mentors

Misty Meadows   Mike Finger   Cloud Mountain Farm

Osprey Hill Farm   Rabbit Fields  

    


Thank YOU 2014 Food to Bank On Sponsors:

14' FTBO Sponsors

 


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