Augusta Locally Grown

Eat Local, Cook Local, Grow Local

AUGUSTA, GA   |  http://www.augustalocallygrown.org

Mission

The mission of Augusta Locally Grown is to improve health and economic prosperity in our community by growing a stronger local food system throughout the Central Savannah River Area.

Ruling year info

2014

Exec Director

Kim Hines

Main address

309 Crawford Avenue c/o Augusta Locally Grown at St Luke UMC

AUGUSTA, GA 30904 USA

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EIN

45-3581329

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than two-third of all deaths in the nation are caused by diet-related diseases and cost $1 trillion annually. Studies show that accessibility to fresh foods at farmers markets may increase fruit and vegetable consumption and improve public health through positive community interactions. More studies show that gardening also increases vegetable consumption. Yet it is rare to hear a physician prescribe attendance at a farmers market to manage diabetes, or gardening to lower blood pressure. There is a disconnection between America’s healthcare and its local food systems, particularly in Augusta, GA. The rate of diabetes among Augusta’s adults measures double the national average; obesity is also higher than average. Augusta’s local farmers are significantly older than average, and 57% of the farms in Richmond County made less than $2500 in 2017. Augusta’s struggling local food system and alarming health statistics do not align with the city’s prominence as a health sciences campus.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Farmers Market Management

Augusta Locally Grown manages local farmers markets and implements good-food education programs at those markets. Our Farmers Market Management includes:
* new farmer market training & support
* new farmer recruitment & rural outreach
* cooking demos & nutrition education at markets
* EBT/SNAP doubling program at markets
* fruit & veggie prescription program at markets
* gardening education at markets
* featured farmer program at markets
* children's good-food activities at markets
* student internships

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Augusta Locally Grown aims to improve access to food grown locally and to improve the quality of the food consumed locally by people throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Goals include:
* increase the number of local farmers who are growing for the local community
* increase the economic prosperity of local farmers through sales at farmers markets, restaurants and institutions
* maintain programs that help make the freshest foods affordable for all income levels
* increase awareness of the benefits of farmers markets & community gardens
* increase volunteer involvement in all aspects of the local food system
* maintain a high quality of learning experiences for student interns from high school through post-grad
* maintain and build programs with partner organizations to teach gardening and cooking education to people of all ages and backgrounds

Augusta Locally Grown has always prided itself on its ability to partner with other, more established organizations. In this way, we are able to keep our own bricks-and-mortar costs down while also ensuring that the urgency of improving our local food system is a widely shared endeavor. Specifically Augusta Locally Grown seeks to:
* continue to manage and improve farmers markets in partnership with local farmers and neighborhood partners
* continue to manage and improve trainings and market accessibility for new farmers
* continue to manage and improve adult gardening & plant-based cooking programs
* continue to manage and improve youth gardening & plant-based cooking programs
* continue to engage people in workshops and tours on local farms
* continues to recruit volunteers & interns and provide them with high quality good-food learning experiences

Augusta Locally Grown is highly regarded for its unique community education efforts and willingness to work with many different kinds of groups to make things happen. We are a strong community of talented subject matter experts on topics ranging from agriculture and horticulture, to culinary expertise, nutrition accessibility and food justice. Thousands of local people have contributed to our volunteer efforts in the city and at farms throughout the region. We have the potential to build a strong data base from which to draw support. At this time, Augusta Locally Grown needs to build its administrative capacity in order to maximize the good will it has grown.

Since our founding in 2008, we have:
* started and maintained three local farmers markets and consulted on the start up of several more
* worked with and provided market access to more than 100 local farmers from within 100 miles of Augusta
* tracked local food income created by our farmers markets
* tracked local farm successes and challenges, including those that led to farm closings
* coupled more than 25 farmers with local restaurants and other institutions
* engaged more than 10,000 people at local farmers markets
* engaged more than 12,000 people on social media supportive of a local foods movement
* engaged more than 650 SNAP ED participants in gardening & healthy cooking education programs with the Department of Health
* engaged more than 160 local families in a Fruit & Veggie Prescription Program that showed overall increase in veggie consumption
* engage more than 3000 volunteers in community teaching gardens, farm work days, and other good-food education efforts
* engaged more than 1000 school-age children in gardening and good-food education programs
* maintained 7 teaching gardens throughout Richmond County year-round
* maintained partnerships with dozens of other community organizations throughout the CSRA to promote a better local food system

Financials

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Operations

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Augusta Locally Grown

Board of directors
as of 9/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Karen Phelps

Eisenhower Army Medical Center

Term: 2018 - 2020

Judith Anglin

Augusta University

Jennifer Bateman

Augusta University

Sarah Childers

Visit Augusta

LaDonna Doleman

Golden Harvest Food Bank

Dorothy Hanling

Self Employed

Elizabeth Jones

Shiloh Community Center

Tom Knuth

Stilt Pro Equipment

Rob Lambers

Dr Rob Lamberts, LLC

Sumner Markwalter

Helms College

Amanda Stevens

Westabou Montessori School

Keith Walton

Augusta Christian Schools

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes