HARBOR ROOTS: TRACTOR FUNDRAISER!

HARBOR ROOTS: TRACTOR FUNDRAISER!

From Aaron Scott

Harbor Roots Farm is fundraising for new equipment for our growing program—help us buy a tractor and then some! We create decent jobs for struggling millennials in Grays Harbor County selling naturally-grown vegetables.

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HARBOR ROOTS 2019

The second season of Harbor Roots Farm is upon us! We are so excited to announce that we're expanding our operations this year: a new farm site, new hires, more acreage, more food to grow! Last year we successfully supplied weekly CSA shares to twenty-two paying members, and donated several additional shares to low-income people in our community. We employed four incredible apprentice farmers who, in addition to running Harbor Roots, took the lead educating, organizing, and mobilizing others on issues of poverty, addiction, and homeless people's human rights-- from right here in Grays Harbor County, to the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia, all the way to the US Senate with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

To keep up with our growth in 2019, we're fundraising for more farm equipment! This year we need to purchase a tractor, a tow-behind tiller, a new greenhouse, plastic for weed-blocking our beds, pots and seeds. 

Harbor Roots Farm is a supportive employment project of Chaplains on the Harbor. We provide paid apprenticeships for young adults getting released from drug treatment, out of jail, and off the streets. In addition to creating decent jobs in a county with limited employment, Harbor Roots apprentices receive case management support as they work through legal, medical, and recovery-related issues.

Please donate if you're able, share this fundraising page, and tell your friends, families, faith communities, and organizations about us! 

OUR STORY

A rural logging and fishing community, with industry in decline, Grays Harbor County can feel isolated and forgotten by the rest of the world. When the timber economy collapsed, the region was left with very few jobs and little hope. But many of the people didn’t leave. We stayed. In a place where 46% of us are on public assistance and 1 out of 25 are homeless, we have weathered every storm since, and have taken care of each other when no one else would.No one knows better how to revive this county than the people who have struggled most in Grays Harbor. We are people living on the streets, people who gave our lives to the timber industry, people who are dealing with addiction, people who have seen time in jail. We are the lifeblood of this community.We are building a new story for Grays Harbor County. We are reclaiming our right to fresh food, to sustainable use of the land, and to an economy that benefits all of us, not just the few at the top.We are doing this by:

· Providing good living wage jobs with dignity for people in poverty· Supplying fresh produce to food banks

· Providing wrap-around support from counselors to case workers for our employees and community

· Training our employees and community members to make broader change in the community

· Showing that vibrant and sustainable economic solutions to poverty are possible

· Building a broader vision for a thriving Grays Harbor – this is just the beginning

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