Southeastern Arizona

Somos la Semilla

Somos La Semilla is a network of grassroots groups, organizations, funders, farmers, activists, educators, backyard gardeners, seed savers, and community health clinics in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands working together to grow our future though healthy “fooding” systems.

Community Impact: Grant Descriptions

Somos la Semilla- Community Grant Descriptions

Community Grant Report- Ajo CSA

Somos la Semilla- Network Impact_Mariposa CHC

Somos la Semilla determined that community-based capacity building is effectively done through a re-granting of the seed money received from WhyHunger’s Building Community Power for Food Justice Project.  Soliciting their member organizations for proposals, they identified 14 community-based projects with initiatives designed to build the supply, create demand and develop markets for healthy and nutritious foods in their communities.

Total funds awarded: $64,675

Somos la Semilla partners and grantees

Ajo Community Garden Consortium


Arevalos Farm

Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage

Baja Sustainable Development (BASA)

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Cuenca de los Ojos

Deep Dirt Farm Institute

Desert Senita Community Health Center

DouglaPrieta Works

Farm Education Resource Network (FERN)

Forever Young Farm

The Greenhouse

Mariposa Community Health Center

Native Seeds/SEARCH

Nogales Community Development Corp.

Tierra y Libertad

Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA)




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Mississippi Delta

Delta Fresh Foods Initiative

The Delta Fresh Foods Initiative (DFFI) is a diverse coalition of community stakeholders committed to establishing sustainable, equitable community food systems in the Mississippi Delta. Members of the group include growers, consumers, health and agriculture educators, food retailers (including farmers’ markets and other outlets), community-based organizations, funders, healthy food advocates and more.

Community Impact Narratives

DFFI -Community Impact 2012

DFFI – Community Impact 2013

Delta Fresh Food Initiative has taken a capacity building approach to the development of community projects. Building infrastructure for local farmers transitioning to sustainable methods, supporting trainings for new growers, developing farmers’ markets and the use of EBT to purchase local produce are all strategies deeply rooted in pre-existing community assets. DFFI used seed money from WhyHunger’s Building Community Power for Food Justice project to support local initiatives employing these strategies.

Following is the full evaluation of DFFI conducted in 2012 by an outside contractor through a series of surveys, interviews, one-on-one meetings, and group meetings:

DFFI 2012 evaluation report 


DFFI Network

MEGA (Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture)

Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production

My Brother’s Keeper

Delta Directions Consortium

Harvard Law School: Mississippi Delta Project

Delta Health Alliance

Growing Together garden network

Mississippi Food Policy Council

Coahoma County School District- school gardens

Bolivar Country School District- school gardens


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California- central coast

Central Coast School Food Alliance

The Central Coast School Food Alliance is a network of educators, government leaders, food service directors, emergency food providers, students, and school food advocates located in the central coast region of California, who are committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow up healthy and successful by giving them the education and nutrition needed.

Community Impact: Grant Descriptions

CCSFA- Community Grants- Part I

CCSFA- Community Grants- Part II 

Central Coast School Food Alliance determined that as a network of community-based individuals and organizations, they were uniquely well-suited to identify priority needs within the local farm to school movement. With their focus on food service directors as critical leaders in the transformation of school food, the CCSFA used seed money from WhyHunger’s Building Community Power for Food Justice project to grant over $27,500 to 12 communities working to bring healthy food into the school system.

Following are examples of the outcomes of the CCSFA’s support of the development of educational and training materials for healthy school food:

Community Alliance with Family Famers: Farm to School Field Guide for Parents & Community Members

Community Alliance with Family Farmers: Farm to School Field Guide for Food Service Directors

Furthering Healthy Food Systems in California: Farm to School Efforts- Innovations and Insights


CCSFA partners and grantees

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UC Santa Cruz

“Food, What?!”

Second Harvest Food Bank- Santa Cruz County

Office of Congressman Sam Farr

Office of State Senator Bill Monning

Go For Health! Collaborative

California Food Policy Advocates

Surf City Cafe/Santa Cruz School District

Oakland Unified School District

Live Oak School District

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District

Soquel Union Elementary School District

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Scotts Valley Unified School District


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