HERITAGE CREEK FARM CAMP
2016-2019 GRANT WINNER - S.H.A.R.E Sandy Hollow Arts and Recreation for the Environment has awarded our farm grants for the last three years. http://www.sharethetimes.org/ Over the years funding from this grant has allowed us to expand our sustainable farming practices, develop our farm-based curriculum, and complete projects such as play-based market stands, gaga pit and much more. Funding has also helped underwrite community outreach programs.
The Veggie Box Program was piloted during the fall of 2017, and offered for the summer and fall season during 2018. For the upcoming 2019 growing season, we will be expanding this program and will be offering weekly farm-fresh veggie boxes starting in mid-June.
Veggie boxes will distributed from mid- June to early November.
2014 GRANT WINNER - We feel blessed to have been one of fifteen farms/organizations awarded a $10,000 Seeds of Change® Grants in 2014.
In the grant announcement Seed of Change writes "We were truly impressed by Heritage Creek Farm Camp's submission which demonstrated how you’re teaching people about where their food comes from and building a connection from seed to plate! Seeds of Change® is committed to helping create a healthier, more sustainable community. To support our mission, we look for partners that we believe are working to enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers and communities."
Each year Seeds of Change® awards grants to organizations that support sustainable, community-based gardening & farming programs around the country. In 2015, they will be awarding a total of $200,000 in grants to 34 garden projects. Visit their website for more information about their products and grant program.
Excerpts from our winning grant entry to Seeds of Change written by Cindi Hughes:
Our farm is committed to offering farm-based education by encouraging a yearning for learning while working hand-in-hand on the land! Through teaching a broad approach to farming we hope people can see food production through a new set of eyes and understand the way food is grown has a direct correlation to food quality and nutritional value. Our intention is to sow the seeds of change that will reap a new generation of farmers and consumers that value the way food is grown; bringing further awareness to how farming practices affect the environment and impact the health of our society. The fruits of our labors will be evident in a bountiful harvest that creates a strong sense of community. Our success can be measured in teachable moments that connect people to the earth and provide opportunities for dirty hands and knees!
Excerpts from our winning grant entry to Lundgren Family Farm written by Cindi Hughes:
Organic farming dwells deep within my soul. My youthful memories are filled with walking barefoot in the warm soil, nurturing crops to ripeness, harvesting produce for our daily meals and preserving food for winter storage. I am a prodigy child of the organic movement that was locally inspired by the Rodale Institute and Gene Logsdon. From seedling to adulthood, I have been nourished by wholesome food and have been steeped in the love of caretaking the land. Someone once told me that your vocation should be your vacation and I have taken that to heart through my work as the co-founder of Heritage Creek Farm Camp and Education Center. This meaningful career intertwines my two loves – farming and education.
We live in the fast paced age of technology where a lifestyle rooted in the simplicity of farm life is like finding a pearl in an oyster. Our children are growing up without experiencing the wonders of nature or the joy of discovery. The art of producing your own food is becoming a lost tradition that is in need of revitalization. Heritage Creek’s Dirt to Dinner Farming Program provides an opportunity for people to participate in the growing of their own food while learning to become better stewards of the earth. Our farm’s mission is to plant the seeds of childhood memories and encourage a yearning for learning while working hand-in-hand on the land. Teaching sustainable agricultural provides the opportunity to spark meaningful conversations, light the fire for environmental awareness and model how individual actions can make a difference in our world. We hope to cultivate a new generation that values a healthy lifestyle and understands the local and global responsibilities of taking care of our environment. Our mission is two-fold in nature – raise wholesome food and also educate people to grow their own food!
2012 GRANT WINNER - We are grateful to Raising Organic Family Farms for the $2500.00 grant that we received from their organization. Their financial assistance helped us grow leaps and bounds in 2012!