Amber Waves of Food
Food Waves is one of our growers. They brought the best romaine to PSU this week, it was small green and worthy of the salmon it shared a salad with. I’d do it again. Food Waves is also a non-profit, working as a very small type of future famers of america. Last week they sent us a letter we wanted to share with a wider audience. Thanks to Matt and Nathan for putting it together.
As you may know, Food|Waves is an educational, 501(c)3 non-profit. Working with our partner farm, Converging Creeks Farm (Colton, OR), we provide the technical and financial support to train the next generation of sustainable farmers and gardeners.
This season, we have two part-time, stipend apprentices that participated in six, one-day training sessions and worked on the farm from February-October 2012- with consistent 30 hour weeks from late May through mid-September.
Food|Waves apprentices were trained in greenhouse management, field planning, irrigation, transplanting, harvesting, marketing, animal husbandry, and proper use of farm equipment. From the beginning of the season, working alongside our master farmer, Nathan, the apprentices have been part of all aspects of managing a small business farm.
Through funds received from a CLIF Bar grant and the sale our produce, Food|Waves was able to pay for these two apprenticeship positions. We are ambitious, and we want to expand to two full-time positions ($5,000 each) and three part-time positions ($3,000 each) for the 2013 growing season! Please help us with a tax-deductible donation by:
1) Sending a check to Food|Waves at 2870 SE Roswell Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222.
2) Using Paypal through our web site at www.foodwaves.org
Your donation will pay for the apprentices’ stipends and materials needed for training such as: seeds, organic fertilizer, farm implements (i.e. greenhouse, tractor, irrigation, animals, etc.), young pigs, goats, turkeys, and chickens to raise, animal feed, training sessions, and the lease of the farm land. Food|Waves also provides funds for the training of our apprentices, interns, students, and volunteers through the sale of our produce, eggs, and livestock, but your help enables us to reach our goals!
Income earned from selling our produce to restaurants, small grocery stores, and at Farmer’s Markets purchases materials for raised bed and/or small container gardens (i.e. wood, soil, organic fertilizer, screws, hoses, nozzles, etc) for schools, small businesses, churches, individuals/families, and other non-profits in the Portland Metro area and Clackamas County. We donate the plants from our greenhouse and use these gardens to train community members how to grow their own fresh, healthy organic veggies! In summary:
Funds from donations/grants/sales > Pays for seeds/manure/farm implements > Educates apprentices/interns/students/volunteers > Produce is grown/sold through the training process > That money builds raised beds and/or small container gardens for schools, families, etc. > Community members learn how to grow their own food /build more beds > REPEAT!
We are able to train an apprentice with one $5,000 grant or one-hundred $50 dollar donations. We want one full-time apprentice from a grant- the other from donations like yours!
Thanks for your time and support!
Matthew E. Brown, Chief Operating Officer Nathan C. McFall, Director of Technical Services