ACF launched the food and nutrition program in the summer of 2014. The program focuses on the long-term health and sustainability of the region’s food system; including water and soil quality, farming techniques, food harvesting, food storage, and nutrition. A key component of the program is two community gardens in which local community gardeners work with ACF to test higher yield and higher nutrition crops.
The community gardens are a testing ground for growing fruits and vegetables without any pesticides, chemicals or man-made fertilizers. ACF is also experimenting with winter vegetable crops that can add nutrition to winter diet.
In 2016, ACF will begin to distribute the new knowledge and techniques from the gardens to local families and gardeners through a series of agriculture workshops.