Friday, August 7, 2009

Introducing Produce to the People and its Founder & Director Lauren Anderson

Today, we'd like to introduce to you Produce to the People. Founder and Director, Lauren Anderson is a San Francisco Garden and Compost Educator and food justice activist that loves to feed people. Lauren is our Garden Manager and will oversee all our San Francisco garden sites from their initial phases of planning and implementation, through to their completion.

Produce to the People (PttP) is a backyard harvest project that collects excess produce from residential fruit trees and gardens in San Francisco. The produce is given out through local organizations that distribute free food to families and individuals in need, including The Free Farm Stand, The Julian Pantry, and Martin de Porres.

PttP is also in the first season of our youth employment and education program, which creates summer jobs for high school students- harvesting produce, working at food distribution sites, and learning about local food systems, environmental stewardship, and community organizing.

PttP serves the community on many levels, by offering a free service that utilizes fresh, healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, by aiding in our local food security through the distribution of produce to our neighbors and friends who may not always have access to it, and by creating youth employment and environmental education.

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