Harvest Share Pilot Program Launching for SNAP Users
- posted on: July 13, 2014
- posted by: 21 Acres
We’re excited to announce a small pilot project to offer a harvest share to low income families using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). A harvest share is a weekly box of fresh, Certified Organic produce from the farm each week during the month of August and through September 10.
Similar in concept to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, a harvest share is enough fresh produce from the farm to add healthy, Organic, local food into a family’s diet each week. In Washington State, low-income people with SNAP use an Electronic Benefits Transfer card to purchase groceries, called a Quest Card. Quest Cards can be used to pay for the harvest share each week at the 21 Acres Farm Market. Harvest shares cost $17 per week.
Many of our followers know Meghan Tenhoff from our Farm Market. Meghan is the manager of the new Harvest Share program and she recently told me, “We’ve been meeting with community members and exploring ways that 21 Acres could help make local, pesticide-free food more affordable. We’re trying this new harvest share program this year with the hopes that we’ll receive feedback from low-income families about what they like about the program and then be able to expand it in future years.”
I was lucky enough to be able to spend time on the farm this week with Meghan and her two young children taking pictures to help visually tell the story about the Harvest Share.
This is a pilot project with between five and ten harvest shares available. In addition to receiving an abundant box of Organic produce, participants will be able to take advantage of weekly cooking demonstrations to learn easy and tasty ways to prepare the food. They will also receive family-friendly recipes and fun tips to get children involved in the kitchen.
The harvest share will be available the first week of August and available for pickup in the Farm Market on six consecutive Wednesdays, from August 6 through September 10, from 6-8 pm. Cooking demonstration classes will be at 7 pm.
Our farmers, John, Pepe and Mary, are really looking forward to this program and will gladly welcome people to walk the farm and to learn more about how the food is grown.
For anyone interested, there is a simple application to complete and families using SNAP are encouraged to contact 21 Acres as soon as possible for more information: Meghan Tenhoff, (425)481-1500 or market@21Acres.org