My most important work. Ever heard of a food desert? Food deserts are defined as: regions of the country that feature large proportions of households with low incomes, inadequate access to transportation, and a limited number of food retailers providing fresh produce and healthy groceries for affordable prices. Gideon, Missouri was identified as one of these regions and began offering fresh food to residents through food give-aways. What Gideon discovered was that even though they were originally a farming community, family farms disappeared several generations ago and left them with a population who didn't know how to prepare or enjoy fresh food. Gifts of produce simply weren't being used. My collaboration with the Garden Shed was born. Since 2020, I began offering education so that folks would begin to use and ENJOY fresh foods.
Additionally, the project offered quarterly projects featuring topics like, preserving foods, beekeeping, chicken keeping and garden buckets. These skills not only allowed residents to provide healthy, fresh food for their families, but also offered an economic boost. Selling honey, veggies and eggs in a farmer's market within the community allowed those interested to increase their income.
This project continues to grow and will be replicated throughout the country.
If you have an organisation interested in a similar outreach program, please contact me and let's get fresh food into your community.
Some of the Pantry to Table Videos can be seen here:
Anyone can grow a little fresh food for their household.
Promote pollination, enjoy honey and make a profit!