GROW North Texas is a 501c3 nonprofit that connects North Texans to food, farms, and community to create a sustainable, secure regional food system that enriches the land, encourages economic opportunity through food and agriculture, and provides equitable access to healthy, nutritious food for all residents. GROW North Texas grew out of The Gleaning Network of Texas in 2012 to provide a systems approach to food issues in the North Texas area.
Market Provisions Co is a new kind of general store offering locally raised produce, meats, and eggs as well as Texas artisan foods. At the Dallas Farmers Market in the Market Building. Wea???re open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm, until 9pm on Fridays. Open since December 2015, Market Provisions Co is a revenue generating program that provides local farmers and food artisans a weekday sales outlet. We provide nearly $200,000 in revenues annually to over 40 farmers and food producers.
Cocina Latina betters health and changes lives through peer-facilitated, culturally appropriate cooking and nutrition classes as part of the Adult Academy at Wesley-Rankin Community center in West Dallas. This program has operated since 2013 since the Adult Academy started and has created a safe place for 15-20 ladies to talk about the struggles of balancing health, family, and budget in their historically Latino neighborhoods.
Owenwood Farm is a 3 acre urban farm in East Dallas that is leading the way for equitable produce and farmer education. When fully built out, the farm will provide an estimated 120,000 pounds of produce each year that will fresh fruits and vegetables for our WIC Farm Stands, the local community, and other programs that increase access to areas with low access to fresh produce.
NTX Agriculture Success is the umbrella for providing workshops, training, and technical assistance for local farmers and community gardeners. Typically funded through USDA programs and workshop fees, this program provides needed education for those producing food using sustainable and organic farming methods. Providing technical assistance to farmers are our Farm Allies who have been trained in USDA programs, resource and referral for farmers in crisis, business management tools and resources, and resources for production and marketing.
WIC Farm Stands support healthy food access by facilitating SNAP acceptance and the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). We operate farm stands at two alternating WIC clinics, serving around 1500 families between April and October each year. By collaborating with WIC clinics, we take the same local produce we sell at Market Provisions to the families with young children who dona???t have good access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We also facilitate the FMNP for three other market entities in Dallas, Waco, and Denton as the TDA contracted entity.
GROW North Texas cultivates healthy food communities through organic gardening, relationships with food producers, and encouraging consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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