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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Nutrition, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: Our mission’s simple, providing free food and educational workshops to our at risk, food insecure populations teaching nutrition, food security and improved health in homeless shelters, disabled and mental illness housing, juvenile probation and low income daycare’s. Access to food is increased in every neighborhood. We work in our poorest neighborhoods, like Chapman Town and Concow, with all ethnicities building bridges. We’re giving these folks ownership of their health again. Our programs include free produce delivered to food programs/pantries already feeding them. We also provide educational workshops teaching anything from gardening, harvesting, cooking, physical activity and nutrition. Our professionals have years of experience. Our programs are unique though because we tailor them to the group. We take the lessons where the need is. It doesn’t make sense to expect them to come to us. We understand they can’t learn or improve their health if they can’t receive or understand the lessons.

Results: Our professionals implement training curriculum on the importance of physical activity, and nutrition through lessons, activities, and food demonstrations. We customize all of our lessons to the intended population we are working with. Mentally ill, homeless, young and old alike will receive the lessons a little differently, so we teach them a little differently. We understand that teaching a toddler in daycare about a green bean or a strawberry is very different than walking into a homeless shelter serving over 100 people per night and teaching nutrition. Or maybe even a hard working low income family trying to make ends meet? Then these lessons differ greatly from a mental illness housing program. We continue to plant new gardens around Chico at Residential Facilities that house and/or feed our highest risk populations with the poorest health. We will continue to work with local children and parents at our Kid's Garden project. We teach basic gardening, nutrition, and even exercise and games in the garden. There are nonstop craft projects all designed around the garden. We continue to work with our community in raising awareness of food insecurity, poor health, mental illness, homelessness and the "Differently Abled". Awareness is the first step to help. We also will continue to raise awareness and engage our community by offering sustainable solutions and encouraging volunteerism. We have an informational booth at every public event that our schedules allow. We have volunteers, brochures, handouts, pictures and lots of information about our programs to offer. We will also continue to work with other local programs and community agencies to encourage working together rather than separately. We can do more together than apart. We even loan out our gardens for other programs to do their own workshops in if they don't have their own garden.

Target demographics: to provide healthy organic food at no cost and educate our community in nutrition

Direct beneficiaries per year: Dozens of families with free healthy food, but also Food Programs and Pantries received free food to offer. Best part of all we are in a position to teach our community how to improve their own lives.

Geographic areas served: Chico, California

Programs: educational workshops teaching gardening from installation through harvest, preserving, cooking, composting and even marketing.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the Ground Up does an amazing job growing for and feeding the Chico community. This group is an inspiration for everyone. Thank you for all that you do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Perfectly-named, and one of my favorite organizations in Chico. Their mission is so simple, so effective, and so needed in the community right now. You can tell because they have projects everywhere, and they're still growing! Volunteer days are always a blast. Their gardens seem to bring so many people together, and everyone I've ever met who has come in contact with this organization (including myself) has come away happier, healthier, and motivated to do more in the community. I especially like that their projects are designed to be self-sustaining, need-based, and are totally accessible to all members of the community. Thank you FTGU!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group of people at From the Ground Up Farms. They are extremely active in our community and it is great to see hard working and caring staff.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are the landowners for the property this group farms in central Chico. I have worked directly with nonprofits for 20 years and this group has been more dedicated and hard-working than many I have dealt with. We are very happy with the efforts they have taken to connect this garden with the Chico at-risk community and the care and treatment they have dedicated to this piece of land as well as the respect they have shown for the neighborhood in which it sits.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the Ground Up Farms have worked with us at Chico Community Children's Center for two years. They have installed two gardens, one at each of our centers. As well as weeding and preparing the garden spaces, they have put in irrigation systems. They have helped us to get our families involved in planting and eating healthy produce. We believe that if children and families are involved in planting and harvesting that they will be more likely to try and like fruits and vegetables. As well as gardening, From the Ground Up Farms has put on fun and useful nutrition workshops for our families. It has been such a positive experience to work with these dedicated volunteers for all of the staff, children and families at our centers. Thanks From the Ground Up Farms!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

From the Ground Up are a shining example of how a community can come together and solve an issue. The team is passionate, dedicated and resourceful, and they are changing lives through the provision of fresh and healthy food.

5 Jasuka N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place has helped me grow, from a child into a woman citizen of the world. I cannot expect to change the world without a change and perception in myself and my own life. Acting Locally will raise hope for us to see actual proof around the world. With these community gardens I have watched them cultivate and bring people to purpose and growth within. Suddenly our people are working together, getting together and playing together. I now get to bring my Kids that I teach to a place where they learn the importance of a food made by your own work and efforts. I see people talking of alternative ways to have organic foods in there life without having to spend their whole paycheck on veggies. I see people teaching people listening to each other, helping one another help themselves. Let's get together from the ground up, keep it up !

3 Lois D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in the start up of From the Ground Up and I can tell you that I have never met a more dedicated group that totally believes in what they are accomplishing. Getting together with new and old friends to put in a veggie garden that will help people feed themselves is totally rewarding. To spread the news about organic foods and what they can do for you is what this country needs and we also need to understand that any of us could be homeless next week. With caring people out there you can get through anything. FEEL THE LOVE

3 Siana S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FTGU Farms is a brilliantly designed non profit. The simple and refined model allows the FTGU team to bring nutritious and healthy food to our most underserved community members fast. A garden can be put up in a matter of hours. Their projects not only feed those in poverty, the FTGU team provides education to the new gardeners/harvesters in preserving food, healthy meals, etc. Five Stars to this incredible non profit!!