Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Catholic Charities ‘Food for All’ launches greenhouse operation; prepares for ‘Buy-1-Supply-1’ spring plant sale

Story and photo from Catholic Charities Spokane

(From the February 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Pictured are members of the FFA team: back row, from left, are Brian Estes, Elizabeth Murphy, and Lee Taylor. In the front row, from left, are Whitney Jacques, Carolyn Connelly, and Jesse Hansen. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)

Catholic Charities Food for All (CCFFA) works to support the health, equity and prosperity of the region’s food system through a variety of efforts.

• The Food for All Farm provides fresh produce to Catholic Charities clients and low-income households throughout the community.
• We support Spokane-area farmers markets by serving as an anchor produce vendor and managing programs to maximize the accessibility of farmers markets.
• We also provide support for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and administer Fresh Bucks (a matching program to incentivize food stamp sales at farmers markets), and provide cooking education, including community kitchens emphasizing nutritious recipes and meals and a kids snack program, “After School Brain-Fuel.”

This spring, we are very excited to launch a new greenhouse operation at Catholic Charities’ Summit View Apartments. Operation of the Summit View Greenhouse in Spokane will supply healthy plant starts for our own farm, to area gardeners, and by donation to community gardens. And, because we want to ensure community gardens and “plant-a-row” food bank gardens have the highest quality plant starts, CCFFA will operate a plant sale. Every plant purchased will result in one plant being donated to a community garden or food bank initiative. This “Buy-1-Supply-1” model will also include gardening education that we will make available to participating community gardens and food bank growers.

You can support this effort and fill your garden by ordering from the “Buy-1-Supply-1” plant sale via our website or by mail order. A carefully selected variety of vegetables and flowers will be available for purchase beginning in early March and available to for pick-up in May. The sale will also include a special “Give your Mother a Flower Garden” mix available for pick-up Mother’s Day weekend. 

A generous grant from the City of Spokane Community Development Block Grant and work through an Eagle Scout Project supported construction of the Summit View Greenhouse in the fall of 2015. Plant sale customers and community garden recipients can expect a lovely assortment of vegetable starts and flowers for feeding our precious pollinators.

Food For All Farm, established in 2002, is an urban community farm located on the banks of Latah Creek. Food For All Farm is a place where everyone can gather to grow produce to sustain the community. It is a place for volunteers to be outside, work collaboratively, and make a difference.

The 12,000-square-foot garden, located on heritage farmland five minutes from downtown Spokane, serves not only as the grounding force for the community outreach initiatives of the program, but as a tool for food production and a teaching implement encouraging food security and social empowerment in the community. Local community members contribute hundreds of hours on the farm every year, while charitable community members donate the land. The farm space allows for interactions and shared labor for community members of all social and economic backgrounds.

For more information about Food for All, for plant sale orders, or to sign up for our newsletter, please visit www.catholiccharitiesfoodforall.org. We also invite you to save the date of Saturday, Aug. 6, when we will once again host The Big Picnic – a celebration of summer, community and fresh food down at The Farm.


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