To provide nutritious foods to almost 40,000 individuals and families living in poverty while also helping reduce Martin County’s high rates of diabetes and obesity, House of Hope is operating and expanding Growing Hope Farm, a production farm in Palm City. This supply of fresh produce eases the pain of hunger for those that are food insecure, aids in the fight against high rates of hypertension and diabetes, and ensures an ongoing source of fresh vegetables is being distributed among House of Hope Client Choice pantries, partnering soup kitchens, and local economically challenged communities. With 1,000 units per month from the NFT lettuce greenhouse, 5,000 units per month from the aeroponic greenhouse, and 150-200 units per month from the raised beds and tomato planters, a current total of 6,228 plants offer regular harvests at the farm. Not only do these harvests provide an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the future, but they will also assist individuals in obtaining agricultural job skills and gaining local employment through House of Hope’s vocational training program. The next addition, an onsite packing house, will streamline the harvesting, washing, and packaging process.
The focus of the Nutrition Gardens and Growing Hope Farm is to increase community awareness of the health benefits of good nutrition, increase client consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables, and provide knowledge about the basics of gardening while helping to reduce Martin County’s high rate of diabetes, childhood and adult obesity, and other chronic illnesses.
The land for our Growing Hope Farm has been generously provided to House of Hope by the Dawson family, owners of the adjacent Palm City Farms Produce & Market. This project is made possible by generous donors, foundations, and many volunteers whose support impacts thousands of lives in Martin County. If you'd like to get involved or schedule a tour of this exciting project, please contact us at (772) 286-4673.
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