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Real Food Rising

Real Food Rising is a small youth farming project that serves the Salt Lake valley in the state of Utah.  Through our work we educate the community about sustainable organic agriculture, food access, and health.  In the summer, youth are hired on as “crew workers” as part of a job-training program where they learn how to grow food, and about farming and hunger in our community. RFR youth also perform community service on other local farms and serve the food they donate at food pantries and soup kitchens. Our programming directly benefits the youth in our programs and the hungry in our community.  In 2013, we grew 4,200 lbs. of produce, 75% of which was donated to local hunger relief organizations.

Our goal is to train youth in job and life skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives. We aim to bring youth together from different backgrounds to work together to make a difference in their community and to teach them hands-on leadership and public speaking skills. We hope that their community service experience and involvement will empower them to be leaders, seek change, and to continue growing food.  We believe that youth benefit directly from learning about organic food, farming, healthy cooking, and nutrition in interactive and accessible ways because it lends to independent decision-making and often to choosing healthier lifestyles.  It is especially important to us that our programming provides hunger relief to a state where 1 in 6 people experience food insecurity.  The sustained access to fresh produce is something we will continue to work toward and is at the core of our programming.  We also aim to educate others by facilitating volunteer days and field trips that allow community members to give back in a meaningful way and understand our work.

Where it's at:

1050 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
United States

Garden type:

job training garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

at-risk youth and food insecure people

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes
fruit trees
gardening books
watering hose

Project leaders:

Sara Crowder
Mike Evans

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606