There are so many organizations that are doing good work here in Seattle--here are a few reasons why the Neighborhood Farmers Markets are a great place to GiveBIG on May 9th!
Give Big for Food Access
The Neighborhood Farmers Markets (NFM) are at the forefront of food access initiatives in Washington State. Our markets supported $500,000 towards food access in 2017, which included SNAP dollars, Fresh Bucks, WIC and Senior Checks, Helping Harvest vouchers, and food bank donations. And with the matching limit lifted in 2018, we have seen a dramatic and exciting rise in the Fresh Bucks redemption rates. These dollars go directly to our Washington state farmers and bring fresh produce into low-income Seattle households. When you give to NFM you are supporting feeding more families fresh, local, and healthy produce. Give Big for the continued growth of food access programs at the Neighborhood Farmers Markets.
Give Big for Farmland Preservation
NFM farmers grow food on over 10,000 acres of cultivated land in Washington State. From all corners of the state farmers have been able to continue farming due to their viable revenue streams at the Neighborhood Farmers Markets, thus keeping farmland as farmland instead of commercial development. And this means more farms can continue growing food for all of us and more farmers can have access to viable land. The future of farming depends on the land availability and accessibility, and each week at market, your support keeps the Washington state farms robust and thriving. When you give to NFM you are supporting keeping Washington farms on quality farmland for many years to come. Give Big for preserving Washington farmlands.
Give Big for small farms and sustainable agriculture
NFM markets serve as an incubator for small farms and businesses in Washington. Our markets provide an opportunity for businesses to enter into a low-risk, sustainable marketplace to get up and running and get their name into the community. Small Washington farms need a space where they can get a price for produce that allows them to make a living, and direct-market options are key to keeping small farms vibrant. When you buy food from a farmer at your Neighborhood Farmers Market, you are directly helping our local farms and families and you can be certain it is produced by that farmer, which keeps our local food systems strong and sustainable. When you give to NFM you are supporting sustainable farming methods that are better for the environment, the community, and human health. Give Big for sustainable growing practices and supporting family farms.