As we work towards increasing the amount of local food produced and consumed in Nevada County, we also work towards equitable access, so that everyone who wants to eat healthy, nutritious food can afford to. There are over 13,000 families in Nevada County that struggle to put nutritious food on the table, and we want healthy, local food to be an option for low-income families as well. Here’s how we are doing it.
The Sierra Gardens Program
The Sierra Gardens program provides families, organizations and agencies with gardens, starts, seeds, mentorship, and cooking and gardening classes to establish thriving food gardens. Participants are losing weight, planning their meals based on what they harvest from their gardens, feeling better, and getting outside together! You don’t have to be low-income to participate in this program – watch this short video to learn how this program changes lives. Read more about Sierra Gardens.
Through a partnership with Nevada County Social Services, Sierra Harvest helps connect low-income families to CalFresh, where they can get financial assistance to buy fresh local food, seeds and starts. Read more about CalFresh.
Sierra Harvest engages in local regional and national policies that support just, sustainable food systems. We are members of the California Food Policy Council, the Nevada County Food Policy Council, and the California Farm to School Network. Learn more about these organizations and Sierra Harvest’s food advocacy work.