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Nourish, Restoration Farms Announce Merger

An update from Founder Craig Harms

You’ve probably heard that we’ve had some exciting news recently. In October, we merged with Nourish, the organization that we’ve been providing our produce to for the last few years as they reach youth and families in need of healthy food from their local community.  This merger allows us as one entity, to expand farm-to-table programs and farming education across Sheboygan County.

Nourish is a farm-to-table philanthropy that began in 2009, just one year before Restoration Farms started as a non-profit focused on farm education. As a merged entity, this new organization is under the Nourish umbrella with the resulting name and mission remaining Nourish – which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Nourish is ready to expand its mission and service, and therefore hired its first Executive Director. Naomi Dvorachek came on board in December, ready to share her passion for local, fresh and nutrient-rich food with our community, and her programming and fundraising experience to help us reach a larger population.

“The Nourish mission will be further strengthened by joining forces. We remain steadfast and squarely focused on getting nutritious, local food and education to kids and families in need,” said Carol Christensen, Nourish founder and board president of Nourish Farms. “Even as economic situations improve slowly, nearly 50 percent of our kids face hard and hungry times.”

Coming together as one, stronger entity will help expand the nutrition and farm education programming sooner to more groups in need, and more economically, which ultimately benefits the entire community. Nourish is an advocate for connecting the community to local food and better nutrition, and also for sustainable farming practices.

Our farm on Willow Road off Count Road J will continue to produce fresh produce in a sustainable manner. While we will no longer provide CSA programs or fresh turkeys for order, our harvests will now serve local youth and families in need of better food and good food education.  We’ll share our harvests with them through a variety of ways: as after-school snacks and for summer lunch programs in schools that have more than half of their student population in poverty; at local shelters; at the Boys & Girls Club; in struggling neighborhoods via the new Culinary Art Car that Lakeshore Technical College and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center created; at the Sheboygan Farmer’s Market; and through farm-to-table tours by local businesses, families and other groups.

Nourish Programs & Service

  • Nourish serves schools that have more than 50 percent of their student population on free- or reduced-lunch programs. These students receive meals and snacks focused on local, fresh and nutritious produce, dairy and protein items, along with education on where food comes from, how to prepare it and why fresh produce is important to our health. Nourish  operates its after-school Snack Attack and Summer Lunch programs at the Boys & Girls Club and in several Sheboygan public elementary schools. Just recently, Nourish launched a Weekend Food Backpack program to ensure that at-risk kids and families have healthy food over the weekend – when school-based free and reduced lunch is not unavailable.
  • Nourish’s farm-to-table tours operate May-October, and after working with a volunteer chef, the produce harvested from these tours are then shared with families at the Salvation Army and Bridgeway & Beyond for a weekly dinner.  Nourish has partnered with Restoration Farms and four other farms that host these farm tours and allow the produce harvested on their properties to serve these schools, youth and families in need of fresh, nutritious food and education. Those farms include: Garden of Weedin’, Old Plank Road Farm, Springdale Farms and Glacial Hills Community Farms.
  • Restoration Farms has brought its sustainable agriculture and gardening programming to organizations such as RCS, where gardens have been planted for their clients to harvest and enjoy the produce they’ve grown. Restoration Farms also has garden-education programs in local schools.

Nourish Farms Leadership
Nourish Farms is led by a nine-member Board of Directors, with Nourish founder, Carol Christensen, serving as Board President. Board members include: Craig Harms, Brian Schwaller, Barb Dodge, Steve Heun, Judi Smith, Steve Mech, Tandra Sbrocco and Stephanie Dlugopolski.

Check Us Out
We hope you’ll engage with us in whatever way you can. We welcome volunteers to help deliver the school programs, host a farm tour, or assist at the Farmer’s Market. Or you can join in the conversation and keep up with the news on NourishFarms.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 


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