Outgrowing Hunger has a three-pronged approach to improving community food systems:
- Youth Garden Education, conducted during class time in partnership with 11 public elementary schools in the Portland Metro Area serving approx. 5500 students each month. Our standards-aligned garden curriculum is designed to support classroom math, science, and social studies learning using hands-on engagement of soil, food, and environment. Students learn where their food comes from, how it is grown, and conduct taste tests of garden veggies.
- Refugee Farmer Development, connecting New Americans from agricultural backgrounds with land, tools, business and marketing assistance, and technical advice for becoming successful vegetable farmers in urban and suburban Portland. Currently 5 farmers are enrolled, producing on 1 acre, distributing through a small home-delivery service. Veggie Rx & SNAP programs are planned for 2017.
- Community Gardens, providing low-income, immigrant, and refugee families with the opportunity to grow fresh, culturally appropriate vegetables in their own neighborhoods. Currently 350 families are enrolled, growing on a total of approximately 5 acres at 9 sites.