Last week, we pointed out some of the key benefits of eating locally-sourced seasonal produce. In our list we showed you how it can serve as an opportunity to interact positively with our community. Grocery Getter Organic has a community-minded approach that is integral to every aspect of our business, and we work to ensure our company supports the important work being done by organizations throughout our region. This ensures that, by using our grocery delivery service to procure fresh produce, are customers are having a meaningful impact on our small farmers and local businesses. Here are a few ways your patronage has allowed our organization to support our community:
Through donations of our products, Grocery Getter Organic has worked to promote growth and visibility for small businesses and local organizations. A key example are our on-going contributions to Oregon Public Radio’s (OPB) membership drive. For the past several years, we’ve organized the donation of organic produce to support the efforts of their seasonal fundraising initiatives. For the duration of their membership drive, OPB staff and volunteers will enjoy complimentary produce from our partner farms.
We have orchestrated similar donations to other local organizations, including KBOO, Portland’s volunteer-run community radio station, and numerous local schools where our produce packages contributed to their fundraising efforts. We have also donated our produce packages and supplied the produce for Taking Care Cancer, a non-profit cancer organization, at their annual fundraising event.
Grocery Getter Organic’s founder, Mike Freeston, has also been an instrumental part of Outgrowing Hunger, an agricultural community outreach organization. Established in 2011, Outgrowing Hunger is a non-profit working to reduce hunger by building neighborhood gardens on unused urban plots in the city of Portland. Their initiatives include educating volunteers on farming practices, donating harvest surpluses to marginalized communities, and creating income for refugee populations. Mike became involved with the organization during the 2016 growing season, when he was instrumental in educating refugee farmers on post-harvest handling techniques. He also contributed to the improvement their growing practices, by adopting a market-focused approach in their harvest strategy. These efforts will result in lower food waste, greater farm profitability, and improved sustainability.
The relationship with Outgrowing Hunger is ongoing, as we are implementing crop planting initiatives for the upcoming season. Crop planting, a process that operates similarly to a pre-order, eliminates speculation for farmers. This tailored approach is the most environmentally-conscious way to support our local Oregon farm, as it reduces food waste and lessens the environmental impact of our produce.
If you’re feeling inspired to engage with these organizations, there are ample opportunities to get involved. Starting this week, OPB will be holding their Spring membership drive. Grocery Getter Organic will be providing free snacks to all volunteers, so it’s a prime time to start volunteering! Outgrowing Hunger offers community gardening plots, free workshops, and school garden education programs. To learn more about their programs and volunteer opportunities, visit their website or Facebook page.
Community involvement is at the heart of our organization, and it’s something we aim to extend to our customers. Your continued support of our mission helps expand our network to include more small business owners, community organizations, and farmers.