VINES is the last non-profit organization to receive a $2,000 grant from Upstate Shredding in June. VINES brings together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces.
VINES makes it possible for people of all incomes and backgrounds to grow their own food or buy locally from area farms. We do this by transforming vacant lots into community gardens, providing weekly farm shares, employing youth each summer, and more.
VINES Farm Share is a weekly subscription to a box of local veggies. Members sign up ahead of time and pick up their share each week at the same time and location. We work with local farms to help people eat veggies that are being harvested within 60 miles, which makes them extremely fresh. We offer different size shares and flexible payment plans, proudly accept EBT/SNAP benefits, and provide member education for our members so that they know what it is in their share and how to store and cook what they’re getting.
In 2018, Farm Share provided 3,016 shares to 242 households (over 600 people). Through Farm Share sales nearly $69,000 was put directly back into the local agricultural economy.
The grant will help provide 400 Farm Shares at a discounted price to members living on limited incomes. For every $200 that is given to the farmshare project a family of limited means gets a wonderful beautiful bag of vegetables for 20- 22 weeks for half the price of a share. This program has allowed me and others to better health. Many northside families have been able to feed their families fresh vegetables.