FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy.
Their mission states that “through the hands and minds of emerging leaders, FoodCorps strives to give all youth an enduring relationship with healthy food.” When we heard about FoodCorps and their mission, we knew we wanted to host a FoodCorps Service Member. Our missions align, and they couldn’t have said it better.
FoodCorps envisions a nation of well-nourished children — children who know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. These children, immersed in a healthy food environment at a young age, will learn better, live longer, and liberate their generation from diet-related disease.
Placed in limited-resource communties for a year of public service, FoodCorps service members conduct hands-on education, build and tend school gardens, and facilitate getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. FoodCorps hopes and expects they will have a significant impact on some of the most pressing issues of our time — childhood obesity, food insecurity, environmental sustainability, and the way we farm, eat, and educate. What’s not to like?
We have joined forces with AeroFarms to bring alternative growing systems into an educational environment. AeroFarms® is a mission-driven company; leading the way to address our global food crisis by building, owning, and operating farms that grow locally flavorful, safe, healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way. They’re setting a new standard for totally controlled agriculture.
National Wildlife Federation
Seeing the need to provide urban wildlife with a food source, shelter, and a place to raise their young, EcoSpaces encourages the building of gardens to become a certified habitat for urban wildlife.
With the addition of bird feeders, trees for shelter, and a water source, gardens can attract wildlife from pigeons to peregrine falcons, slugs to monarch butterflies. These habits teach the community that everything we do as a human race has an effect on the natural world around us.
FarmScout is an interactive search tool and resource that better connects consumers with farmers markets and local food sources.
They’re a community dedicated to simplifying food and helping people discover, engage and grow the local food movement. They aim to make information more transparent and resources more accessible so that everyone is able to better act upon this knowledge.