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I was wondering if anybody in the homegrown community works to help hungry people. Our country is FULL of people like you and me that go hungry on a daily basis. I would really enjoy talking with anybody that is involved with any of this type program. 

I am in the process of putting together a business plan for a non profit farm of sorts. We want to produce as much produce, meats, dairy, etc. as possible to give to the community. 

We also want to be able to set up some community sustainable farms that can feed and possibly produce extra income for people in need. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Also any ideas on funding sources would be great. 

I know there are probably grants out there but we dont want to take away from other helpful programs funding. We want to be self sustainable. We would like to get help from wealthy business and organizations maybe in the form of sponsorships or donations. 

If there is anybody that knows about this sort of thing that would like to possibly even help with our food ministry with ideas please message me. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.

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Comment by Jennifer on September 2, 2013 at 11:35am

Hi, Travis. Good to hear from you—and especially about such an important subject! To get the ball rolling, you might check out Ashlee's 101 on starting a food recovery program, but I hope you'll get lots more feedback from other HOMEGROWN members, too.

Comment by Marianne Smith on September 2, 2013 at 12:49pm

Great idea!!!

Comment by Kirsten Madaus on September 2, 2013 at 1:04pm

Travis, 

I've just spent the summer working with my local Foodbank administering the Hunger Study 2014 census of hunger in America for Feeding America.  We visited the member agencies (local food pantries, soup kitchens) for our region to survey their clients.  

I saw both churches with community gardens providing fresh produce to their church food pantry and city-run parks & rec departments with community gardens providing fresh produce to the Foodbank to share with the member agencies.  I know at the end of the growing season some farms invite volunteers to glean the fields and deliver the produce to the Foodbank.

I'd start with the umbrella organization for your region--even independent private food pantries in our region are aware of who the umbrella organization is here--and go from there.

That's a great idea you've got, good luck with it!

Comment by David Nuttle on September 3, 2013 at 1:53pm

To help grow foods for the hungry it often takes a combination of edible landscaping, community/ park gardens, home gardens, urban farming, cooperating farms/ ranches and effective food banks.  Indoor farming in large vacant buildings allows production of foods 24/7/365 using sunlight tubes/ grow-lights, grow-beds and micro-drip irrigation.  My charity, NPI, is starting an indoor farming project (for 84 refugee families) in Greensboro, NC.  We are seeking grant funding from WalMart under their new food security program.  USDA may provide some grant funding if you produce value-added food  products.  There are a few foundations and corporations with the ability to help, the problem is in finding one that will help.  Look for "B-type" corporations having a goal to create social & environmental good in the process of making profits.  Good luck!!

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N.B.  1) You may see one model of our indoor food production system on You Tube (http://youtu.be/cK71v-y15YY). 

           2) We make and use bioactivated biochar to double typical crop yields.

Comment by Anne Radcliffe on September 3, 2013 at 4:05pm

Have you seen some of the aquaponics concepts, Travis?   They're very interesting!  Ever since I've seen it, I've had a hankering to try it myself.  Much smaller scale... hehe.  It could reduce your land costs and open up year round (greenhouse) production.

The gentleman in this video I watched some time back produces for an affordable box food program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng&feature=youtu.be

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