Launched in Fall 2011
A community is stronger when joined together by growing and eating fresh, local food.
In our first year of Grow Your Own Way, we reached over 4,000 individuals with the tools and knowledge to grow their own fresh food!
Our Grow Your Own Way Program connects underserved segments of Santa Barbara County’s population to information and resources – such as seeds, plants, compost and growing materials – for growing their own food.
Foodbank staff, volunteers and collaborative partners distribute seeds and informational sheets for promoting home food production at family and health fairs, community health clinics, Foodbank direct programs, swap meets, and farmers’ markets. The program also conducts trainings with program participants around planting, weeding, composting, harvesting, soil and water management; and establishes seed banks that are open to the public.
Who is Served
underserved segments (4,000 individuals in the first year) of Santa Barbara County
Role in Continuum of Programs
Grow Your Own Way trains participants to grow some of their own food and gain a new perspective about their role in the food system. Currently operating at Foodbank Healthy School Pantry sites, participants are also invited to visit the Foodbank’s seed library at the Santa Barbara warehouse facility.
Currently operating at our Healthy School Pantry program locations; Coming soon to Brown Bag program so that our community’s seniors can also benefit
Opportunities to Get Involved
For more information, please contact Oscar Carmona [email protected]