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
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
California- central coast
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.