Seed to Table hits fundraising goals

 

Last updated 1/11/2022 at Noon



Finishing up their final fundraising efforts for 2021, the Seed to Table Oregon (S2T) team is extending a heartfelt “thank you” for all the generous donations received by the nonprofit.

Board member Barb Schulz reflected on the future for the nonprofit as community members and partnerships help expand Seed to Table’s impact in Central Oregon.

“I’m thrilled by the broad community support that helped us reach our goals. Community members can look forward to amazing produce. Our education programs will also benefit from the funding, along with the Sisters Farmers Market. There will be new produce in our greenhouses and fertile ground ready to produce more food to feed even more families. With a wonderful staff and effective board, we’re going strong,” said Schulz.

Audrey Tehan, founder and executive director of S2T, is feeling gratitude and optimism for the coming growing season. The board and staff ramped up fundraising goals because of increased demand for produce and a 30 percent rise in K-12 farm-based education.

“We are grateful to have so many generous contributors, on all levels, who make these programs happen. It allows us to feed and educate more people,” said Tehan.

She is celebrating and welcoming a growing network of supporters, including 20 percent more new donors.

Programming and farm yields last year were robust. Farm-based classes provided by S2T served 1,200 youth through the Sisters School District and summer programs. Students attended field trips to the farm where they learned how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious meals. In addition, S2T provided learning opportunities in the high school greenhouse and during the seasonal Sisters Farmers Market, which is managed by S2T.

In 2022, S2T staff and board members are continuing the theme “Digging Deeper.” For Tehan and her team, it’s not about getting bigger but getting better at providing produce and educational opportunities that benefit the entire Sisters community and beyond. Tehan will be focusing in key areas like community programming, food distribution, the Sisters Farmers Market, collaborative partnerships, and farm production. The shared vision will make the nonprofit more nimble, efficient, and an even more valuable community asset.

Seed to Table is a 501(c)(3)

nonprofit organization (tax ID number 82-3795618), with a mission to increase health and wellness of the Central Oregon community through providing equitable access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce and offering opportunities in farm-based education.

For more information about Seed to Table visit http://www.seedtotableoregon.org.

 

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