Slow Food Lake Tahoe

A nonprofit organization

$28,164 raised by 74 donors

80% complete

$35,000 Goal

Slow Food Lake Tahoe's mission is to connect our community to the enjoyment of good, clean and fair food by inspiring a self-reliant food culture. We educate the community about growing, preparing, and accessing local and sustainable food. Good, clean and fair food for all.


We host a variety of community projects and events to bring our mission to fruition including Truckee's Food Bank Garden, Community Garden, Grow Your Own classes, Skill Share Classes, Compost Collection, Salmon Buying Club, the Edible Garden Tour, and Community Soup Night.  We also help to support Don't Drop the Top Collection and the Truckee Saturday Farmer's Market. 

Our fundraising primarily goes to support the Food Bank Garden in the Truckee River Regional Park where we support food security and nutrition equality by growing organic and healthy food for our local hunger relief organization, Sierra Community House. In addition, we also encourage self-reliance by providing free high elevation gardening and sustainability education for our volunteers, visiting children's groups, business retreat teams, and the general public with our volunteer days and annual gardening classes.


As our garden and community education programs grow, so do our funding needs. We are hoping to raise enough money for the 2022 season so that we can continue this valuable work. Our yearly budget is around $35,000, and we are look to our community to raise those funds and to ensure that the garden is able to move forward and continue to provide food and education for those in need during the 2022 season.


Your Donation Makes a Difference

Gardening can be an extremely affordable way to feed people. Gardens also help educate both adults and children about how to grow organic food and why it's important. We have the ardent hope that this garden will continue to be a place of community spirit and collaboration but, we can't do it without your support.  We appreciate you making a valuable difference in our community by donating to such an impactful cause!  Here are just some of the things your donation will fund:

  • Growing & Giving from the Food Bank Garden
  • Free Grow-Your-Own Classes
  • Free & Low-Cost Skill-Share Workshops
  • Scholarship & Low-Income Community Garden Beds
  • Collection & Education on Community Compost
  • Donations from the Salmon Buying Club
  • Support of the Shane McConkey Foundation's Don't Drop the Top Program
  • Funding for the Truckee Saturday Farmer's Market

More About Our Recent Growth

In the 2019 season, we expanded our composting program with the town of Truckee and provided an educational public place for the composting of fruit and vegetable scraps donated by the community and used in the garden beds once composted.  In 2020, after many inquires from the community, we built a Community garden next door with 30+ garden beds (including senior, disabled, and scholarship beds) for people to grow their own food.  We also partnered with The Shane McConkey Foundation through their Don't Drop the Top program to save plastic lids from the landfills and instead turn them into benches for community and garden spaces.  And, we partnered with Pride of Bristol Bay to educate our community about good, clean, fair seafood choices through our new Salmon Buying Club.  Lastly, we partnered with Little Roots Farm who took over the management of the Truckee Saturday Community Farmer's Market.


The History Behind the Food Bank Garden

Slow Food Lake Tahoe became the stewards of the garden in 2013, having inherited the space from Project MANA (currently the Sierra Community House), who maintained the garden for over 20 years. Over time, the garden had fallen into disrepair and upon taking it over we set the goal to revitalize and improve the garden and make it a place of education, food production for an under-served population, and a community-minded gathering space. 

As a key component to the Food Bank Garden project, in 2016 we began to donate all harvests from the garden to feed those in need.  In recent years, largely due to the generosity of our volunteers and donors, we have been able to increase our food donations!  We continue to make improvements and grow the garden every year, to expand our yield, feed more families, and educate more people.

Organically Grown Produce - Harvested and Donated Locally

2018 - 268 lbs

2019 - 311 lbs

2020 - 396 lbs

2021 - 388 lbs

Get Involved

View our current participation opportunities.

In-Person Volunteering


Leadership Team / Board of Directors

Truckee

Ongoing opportunity

In-Person Volunteering


Fundraising

Tahoe-Truckee

Ongoing opportunity

In-Person Volunteering


Marketing Coordinator

Truckee-Tahoe

Ongoing opportunity

In-Person Volunteering


Photographer

Truckee-Tahoe

Ongoing opportunity

Online Volunteering


Social Media Manager

Zoom Call or In-Person

Ongoing opportunity

Online Volunteering


Legal/Employment/HR Specialist

Zoom Call or In-Person

Ongoing opportunity

In-Person Volunteering


Skill-share Workshop Teachers

Truckee-Tahoe

Ongoing opportunity

Online Volunteering


Grant Research & Writing

Zoom Call or In-Person

Ongoing opportunity

In-Person Volunteering


Workday Wednesdays in the Food Bank Garden

Slow Food Lake Tahoe Gardens

May 6, 2022 - October 15, 2022

In-Person Volunteering


Harvest Mondays in the Food Bank Garden

Slow Food Lake Tahoe Gardens

May 2, 2022 - September 26, 2022

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Slow Food Lake Tahoe

Tax id (EIN)

26-0384026

Category

Health & Human Services, Community Improvement

Address

PO Box 1351
TRUCKEE, CA 96160

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