Our Community Shares!
Help us share the joy, nutrition, education, advocacy, and community of receiving farm-fresh veggies through our SHARE it Forward project. Please consider donating what you can here, and we will direct 100% of your donation to neighbours in need.
Our goal for 2020 is $4,500 of veggies donated through CSA shares and Sweet Digz Market Bucks.
Last year’s donations totaling $4,076 were incredibly appreciated by many Richmond folks who don’t have the means or opportunity to buy fresh local produce. Recipients included the Poverty Response Committee’s “Richmond Advocacy Support Committee” (RASC), participants of RASC community kitchen workshops, and numerous other people in the community. Read more below, and more about our partnership with RASC here.
Program History & Details:
For several years, we’d wanted to formalize a way of donating CSA shares or Sweet Digz Market Bucks to people in the community who otherwise can’t access fresh, organically grown veggies. It began with a few donations for a CSA share and a Sweet Digz Bucks card…
But a farmer’s pockets are only so deep and we knew that together, our huge supportive community of customers might want to pitch in to help share the love. And you did!
In 2018, we did a callout for donations, and were thrilled to find a partnership to help us expand this into a real project. The Richmond’s Poverty Response Committee (PRC)’s “Richmond Advocacy & Support Committee” (RASC) is a self-advocacy and support group for people experiencing poverty. They meet two Fridays per month to engage in training and skill-building that has resulted in two public forums, presentations to City Council, and other “creative literacy” projects.
The Sweet Digz Farm community’s donation of weekly veggies gets divided among the RASC members at their meetings, and is also used in their community kitchen workshops. In 2018, these cooking workshops supported RASC in learning about health and nutrition, and creating a cookbook full of their favourite recipes, stories, and tips on healthy eating and food shopping.
Some SHARE it Forward funds are also allocated in the form of Sweet Digz Bucks to be used at our market, and CSA shares to other folks who are not part of RASC.
We transform 100% of your donations into veggies for these folks, and donate as much as your donations allow. Thank you so much for helping us spread the veggie love!