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 this mission to fruition including Truckee's Food Bank Garden, Community Garden, Grow Your Own classes, Don't Drop the Top Collection, Skill Share Classes, Compost Collection, Salmon Buying Club, the Edible Garden Tour, and Community Soup Night.
Our fundraising primarily goes to support the Food Bank Garden in the Truckee River Regional Park where we grow organic and healthy food for our local hunger relief organization, Sierra Community House. In the past 4-years, we've donated over 1,333 pounds of fresh organic produce. In addition, we also provide gardening and sustainability education for our volunteers, visiting school groups, business retreat teams, and the general public with our volunteer days and annual gardening classes.
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. Every year we have been able to increase our donation. In recent years, largely due to improvements in infrastructure and the generosity of our volunteers and donors, we have been able to increase our food donation every year!
Organic & Locally Grown Produce - Harvested and Donated
2018 - 268 lbs
2019 - 311 lbs
2020 - 396 lbs
2021 - 358 lbs+ (still harvesting)
Further, in the 2019 season, we expanded our composting program with the town of Truckee and provided a 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 for people to grow their own food. We also partnered with Don't Drop the Top to save plastic lids from the landfills and instead turn them into benches for community and garden spaces.
As our garden grows, so do our funding needs. We are hoping to raise enough money for the 2021 season so that we can continue this valuable work. Our yearly budget is around $25,000, and we are looking to raise a decent portion of that during the Give Back Tahoe program to ensure that the garden is able to move forward and continue to provide food for those in need during the 2021 season.
Your Donation Makes a Difference
Gardening can be an extremely affordable way to feed people, as we have seen in the Food Bank Garden. 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!
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 known as 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. We continue to make improvements and grow the garden every year, to expand our yield, feed more families, and educate more people.
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