Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

GLOBAL GROWERS NETWORK INC

Global Growers supports the people who grow healthy food for our community.

Avondale Est, GA

Mission

Global Growers supports the people who grow healthy food for our community. By providing farmers and community growers with an ecosystem of support, we are strengthening the local economy while making local, healthy produce abundant and accessible to communities throughout metro-Atlanta.
The mission of Global Growers is to increase the number of food producers who create access to healthy, sustainably-grown food and also to prepare farmers to be competitive in their local marketplace. As a result of our work, there is significantly more fresh food in metro-Atlanta, particularly in food insecure neighborhoods. There is also more farmable land, more growers, and more opportunities for growers to sell their produce.

Ruling Year

2013

Executive Director

Robin Chanin

Main Address

Po Box 276

Avondale Est, GA 30002 USA

Keywords

Sustainable Agriculture, Refugees, Social Justice, Equity, Food Systems, Social Disadvantage

EIN

46-2247454

 Number

4354043939

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Global Growers’ helps overcome limited access to local production resources for community growers and farmers, and helps overcome barriers to market access. Global Growers provides solutions to these problems by connecting talent and opportunity through community empowerment, advocacy for equitable practices, collaborative production and marketing systems, and access to land, resources, and sales.

Our programs

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

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Land Acquisition and Management

Education and Technical Assistance

Sales and Marketing

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

By providing farmers and community growers with an ecosystem of support, we are strengthening the local economy while making local, healthy produce abundant and accessible to communities throughout metro-Atlanta. As a result of our work, there is significantly more fresh food in Metro Atlanta, particularly in food insecure neighborhoods. There is also more farmable land, more growers, and more opportunities for growers to sell their produce.

First, we use a combination of land acquisition and management, education, advocacy, and market access to break down barriers and to offer pipelines for expanding production capacity for both community growers and commercial farmers, particularly for those who are new Americans and people of color. Second, our work is largely place-based, seeking to stitch communities back together by providing collaborative growing spaces that address problems at a local level in ways that are safe, inclusive and mindful of cultural differences. Third, our work is heavily informed by an understanding of the ways in which racial, ethnic, and cultural practices significantly shape how stakeholders experience the food system as consumers, household growers, and commercial actors. Last, we address the needs of both community growers and commercial farmers, many of who, despite their agricultural expertise, are food insecure due to their economic status.

Global Growers employs 9 full-time staff, 3 part-time staff to deliver our programs. Our staff bring strong cultural competency skills to their work that reject the prescriptive methods offered by so many other organizations, and instead focus on understanding the unique combination of social, economic, and cultural factors that can constrain or promote an ecosystem of success. We recognize the ways in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in ways that can perpetuate inequities. As a result, Global Growers operates under a system of community-directed decision making that uniquely elevates the voices of our growers and farmers, so that they have leading input into decisions about systems of food production and ownership. Approaching our work in this way deepens and diversifies our impact, especially with new Americans and people of color.

Global Growers uses several different strategies to track and measure programs and activities. Our strategic plan identifies key performance indicators related to each goal and objective. In addition, we invested in a custom configuration of Salesforce, a CRM software, to improve program management and evaluations. Each GG staff member has an annual set of metrics assigned to them and is in the routine of reporting them on a monthly basis to the Director of Programs who compiles the information.

GG manages more than 22 acres in DeKalb County across 8 farm and garden locations. Since 2010, GG’s farm and gardens have collectively produced more than 500,000lbs of produce. More than 90% of this food was consumed or distributed at low or no cost by the growers, the majority of whom are considered food insecure based on their socioeconomic status. In 2017, GG distributed more than $150,000 worth of fresh produce to 140 members of our Farm Share program, farm-to-table restaurants, wholesale buyers, and local farmers markets in which 75% of the sales revenues went directly to the farmers. Global Growers continues our trajectory of growth and capacity-building including investments in dedicated office space, operational systems, compensation packages, and board development. We are also establishing a more sophisticated donor database, program evaluation tools, and financial reporting systems.

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Financials

GLOBAL GROWERS NETWORK INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We thrive to hire people from the refugee community we serve whenever possible.