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give arcadia farms a boost

Posted: September 26 2011

Arcadia Farms, a program under the DC non-profit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, has entered to win a $65,000 grant through Nature's Path Organic "Gardens for Good" contest.
Three winning farms will be selected from the top ten finalists, so please vote for us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arcadiacenter
A "Gardens for Good" grant would allow us to:
1) Expand our farm to grow food exclusively for the Arcadia Mobile Market, a retrofitted school bus that distributes produce to low-income, Washington DC-area residents who lack access to healthy, affordable food options. Funding will specifically help us staff and develop this farm expansion, as well as support our ”matching dollar” programs and the acceptance of federal food assistance (such at SNAP, WIC, and SFMNP), thereby increasing the purchasing power of our underserved neighbors.
2) Expand our interactive farm field trip programming for urban youth. Arcadia’s D.C. Farm to School Network serves Washington, DC students by coordinating educational field trips to Arcadia Farm and interactive school visits by the Mobile Market. These activities help to connect D.C. schoolchildren with the food system, thereby expanding their understanding of where food comes from and healthy eating choices. Funding will specifically help us staff our educational outreach programs, and bus students to Arcadia Farm from schools who otherwise lack transportation funds.
Our entry is listed under my name, Benjamin Bartley, the Mobile Market Manager for Arcadia.
Thanks for voting for a more equitable and sustainable food system in our nation’s capital!

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