MY FED FARM
My FED Farm is back for the 2021 season!
Starting in May, we will be providing approximately 500 gardens kits to Greater Victoria residents facing barriers to healthy, affordable food for whatever reason— those living in low-income housing, senior centers, immunocompromised households, laid off workers, frontline workers, individuals with disabilities, single parent households, First Nation communities, etc.
This year, we will continue to offer individual gardens and will ramp up our efforts to provide more community gardens that will serve and foster neighbourhood connections. In a time of continuing isolation and mental health challenges, we are aiming to address the urgent need for connection alongside the ongoing need for food security.
There are many ways to get involved with My FED Farm! Whether it be partnering with us, volunteering your time, or applying for a garden kit! Find additional information below. If you don’t see what your looking for please reach out to us at email@example.com
MY FED FARM CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
Help us reach our goal of providing 500 garden kits to Greater Victoria residents that face barriers to affordable, healthy food by contributing to our crowdfunding campaign!
SELF-WATERING PLANTER SALES
This spring we are selling self-watering planters that are perfect for starting your own edible garden! All proceeds raised from the sale of these planters will go towards our gardening projects including the Urban Learning Garden, My FED Farms, and our Urban Farmer Workshops!
These planters are easy to setup, low maintenance, and require less fertilizer and water than a conventional garden.
VOLUNTEER With Us
My FED Farm would not be possible without an awesome team of volunteers! If you are keen to assist us in achieving our goal to get 500 garden kits out to residents in Greater Victoria, then we want to hear from you!
We are currently in need of volunteers who can help us transport and set up the My FED Farm garden kits around Greater Victoria. If you have a vehicle and are available on Thursdays and/or Fridays during the day please fill out our garden volunteer survey.
We are also seeking volunteers that can help us with the oddball tasks that arise such as distributing seeds into packets or answering garden questions in our Facebook group. If this sounds like a better fit, please complete the survey below. We would also be happy to hear about any additional skills that you have that you think could benefit this project!
The health and safety our community members and volunteers is extremely important to us. All volunteers will be working individually or with someone from their own household and we will go over COVID safety protocols prior to starting.
Greater Victoria residents who face barriers to healthy, affordable food are encouraged to apply for a My FED Farm garden kit. We will provide all the materials to get your edible garden started and will even deliver it to your home. We understand the affordability of starting a garden can sometimes be a barrier, thanks to our generous sponsors, partners, and community members we are able to provide these gardens on a sliding price scale. My FED Farm garden recipients will be able to donate what they can for their garden kit, if finances are tight, a recipient can receive their garden at no cost to them.
If you would like to be considered for a My FED Farm garden kit, please fill out the application form. Garden deliveries will take place during the day on Thursdays and Fridays during the months of May and June. Please note, due to high demand we may be unable to fulfill all garden requests. As the My FED Farm team, we will do our best to ensure those with the greatest need receive gardens.
Unfortunately, with a limited supply of materials and the high volume of applications, recipients who received a My FED Farm garden in 2020 will not be eligible to receive one this year.
Community gardens can provide our local neighbourhoods with so many benefits, including:
Providing residents with greater access to nutritious foods
Improving food security
Putting underutilized space to use
Improving mental health
Increasing green spaces in cities
This year we are expanding our community garden efforts and look to support more communities and neighbourhoods as they increase their green space. If you are part of a First Nations community, a seniors community, or any other type of community and are in need of materials to get your community garden started, we want to hear from you! Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us more about your vision and the underutilized space you have to work with.
We are thrilled to be working with so many great organizations through this project. My FED Farm would not be possible without support from the following:
TOPSOIL Innovative Agriculture converts under-utilized urban into productive food growing areas. They supply fresh premium direct to restaurants and the local community in Victoria. Acting as our headquarters for My FED Farm, we couldn't be happier about collaborating with them on this project!
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We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Victoria's 'Get Growing, Victoria' campaign!
Converting space at the Beacon Hill Park nursery, they will be growing over 75,000 edible plants to support those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Victoria and donated over 3,300 plants to our initiative in 2020.
They have also provided funding to support the educational materials developed in partnership through the Growing Together Campaign.
We are so proud to work in a City with leaders like ours.
Growing Together is a collaborative initiative that aims to support residents across the region to grow their own food. A number of food-focused organizations and individuals are working together towards one shared, enthusiastic goal: to motivate and enable people across the CRD to plant, harvest and distribute as much fresh food as possible over the next six months. We can do this!
The Good Food Network, who is hosting this campaign, is a network of organizations from across the Victoria capital region (Coast Salish territories) working to create a robust local food system.