Our mission is to end food insecurity in rural East Tennessee and we address this issue in two ways! By partnering with Century Harvest Farms, an organic, sustainable farm in Greenback, Tennessee, we offer opportunities to nurture yourself and nurture your community.
During the week, we host a workforce development program called From the Ground Up. This program offers low-income and limited resource individuals the opportunity to build soft employment skills and hard agricultural, animal husbandry, and commercial food processing skills in a supportive, inclusive environment. At the end of each day of programming, participants take home fresh organic groceries grown right on the farm. While in the program, From the Ground Participants are offered classes in nutrition, cooking, and financial literacy, and, through the many wonderful partnerships we have made, are connected to free and reduced healthcare and other services they need to change their lives from the ground up.
On the weekends, volunteers come from all over the area to plant and harvest vegetables and fruits that are then distributed to local foodbanks throughout our 18 county region. This is primarily accomplished through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.