Farm-to-Families ensures that hundreds of Philadelphia families get fresh, local food into their kitchens every other week. Our goal is simple: Every child eating fresh healthy foods at every meal. Through Farm to Families, hundreds of households now have access to fresh food from local farmers, and parents are increasing their understanding of how to use new and familiar ingredients in healthy meals for their families.
Farm to Families is a highly structured, proactive grantmaking portfolio focused on food access in Philadelphia. Our strategies include:
- Production and distribution via CSA: An innovative, market-based solution to increase food access
- Nutrition education: Informing the CSA membership about how and why to eat fresh, healthy foods
- Policy change: Increasing access by making food more affordable and available
Seasonal guide to vegetables in Pennsylvania
List of Farm to Families farms
CSA (community supported agriculture) is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.
Members of the Girard College family have been benefitting from fresh food baskets since fall 2010. Read more about Girard's connection to Farm to Families here.
HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER
ORDER FORM FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11
Employees, families and friends of Girard College can order a box of fresh, locally grown food every other week. The $10 (medium) box or $15 (larger) box is valued at roughly twice what you pay. The $10 or $15 charge pays for vegetables. A La Carte items (additional but low cost) will be available every week, such as eggs and meat.
To place an order for a Farm-to-Families box, please review the following steps.
1. Please fill out and drop the Farm to Families Registration Form in the mail slot in the President's Office door, located in the Upper School building (Monday through Friday) on Girard's campus. This is a one-time form, which is used to enroll you into the program.
2. EVERY OTHER FRIDAY: Fill out form and submit with payment.
Please fill out the bi-weekly Farm-to-Families order form and submit payment* the week prior to the scheduled pick-up date.
Monday – Friday: Please drop your completed form and (cash) payment in the drop box of the President's Office door, located in the Upper School building. Orders should be dropped off by 4:00 p.m. on order dates (alternate Fridays).
3. EVERY OTHER FRIDAY: Pick up your box(es) of fresh food.
NEW LOCATION: Your box(es) will be ready to be picked up between 2:30 and 5:00 pm in the Upper School Library on the Fridays that are pick-up dates. A volunteer will locate and hand you your box(es).
ORDER DATES: Friday September 30 and every other Friday after that.
PICK-UP DATES: Friday October 7 and every other Friday after that.
Nov 4 – Delivery
Nov 11 – Order
Nov 22 – Delivery of Special Thanksgiving box
Dec 2 – Delivery
Dec 9 – Order
Dec 16 – Delivery (for the holiday break)
* If you wish to use a credit card, you must e-mail Ken Tayor and provide the card number, expiration date and 3-digit security code. This method of payment is on a trial basis. If you do not pick up your order the following week, you will still be responsible for the credit card payment.
General questions should be directed to Mr. Taylor as well.