Inter-connectedness is a founding principle of Sleepy Root Farm and a guiding light of Brandon and Heather’s personal life. We know we all depend on each other to get through this beautiful, hard, crazy, challenging and inspirational life. It is important to us that we give back, as individuals and as a farm. It is important to us that fresh, organic produce be made available to as many people as possible.
Here are ways that we give back to our communities, and ways you can help:
Northwoods Homeless Shelters
A shelter for people experiencing homelessness, Northwoods Homeless Shelters has family housing in Luck and Amery, Wisconsin. Sleepy Root Farm and sponsoring members provide several full-season CSA shares to the shelter every year. The weekly boxes of produce are divided up among the families staying in the shelters. The fresh, healthy food has been very well received. If you’d like to contribute towards additional shares going to Northwoods, please select an amount in the drop-down box on your CSA sign-up. You can also choose to donate any week’s box that you are unable to pick-up. Simply let us know the day before delivery and we will re-route the share to Northwoods.
Sabathani Community Center
We are so excited to begin a partnership with Sabathani Community Center. As former long-time residents of south Minneapolis, and with a market that is largely in the Twin Cities, we have been searching for a “city” community to be a part of giving back to. Sabathani Community Center’s mission is “to provide people of all ages and cultures with essential resources that inspire them to improve their lives and build a thriving community.” Sleepy Root Farm will begin donating quality extra produce and member’s vacation boxes to their food shelf in the 2016 growing season. The food shelf at Sabathani served 31,000 people last year, and if you’d like to help their great programming you can choose to donate any CSA share that you are unable to pick up. Additionally, you can choose to donate money towards full season shares dedicated to the food shelf. We are also anticipating youth field trips to the farm beginning this season, and could use volunteers for those events. Please contact us for more details if interested.
The Giving Gardens at Ecolab
Sleepy Root Farm donates the plants and seeds for Ecolab corporation’s Giving Gardens. The Giving Gardens are planted and tended by Ecolab employees with the produce going to their community partner, the Neighborhood House food shelf. In the past 4 years, the Giving Gardens have produced over 1400 pounds of fresh produce for people in need!