With the objective of enhancing the knowledge, skills, and nourishment of its participants, the Bloom Community Farm strives to engage a thoughtful community from diverse social and economic backgrounds.
Bloom Community Farm cultivates connections: our connection to the land, to one another, and the connection between plant and plate. This common ground is a space where everyone in the community is invited to contribute.
If you would like to contribute – volunteer on the Farm (hours below) or donate a helpful item from our Farm and Garden WISH LIST
Bloom Farm will help kids better understand the roots of their food and form deeper connections to their neighbors. It will advance food production programs and unite organizations to further grow the local quality of life. It will have important impacts on local food affordability and availability.
Modeled on successful programs across the country, such as Volunteering for Veggies, Discount Mobile Markets for seniors, and sliding scale Community Supported Agriculture, Bloom Community Farm is helping The Hunger Coalition develop new programs to meet the changing needs of individuals and families in Blaine County.
“These types of programs provide multiple avenues for community members to access the healthy food they deserve,” said Lynea Petty, Food Production Manager at The Hunger Coalition.
Bloom is located in Quigley Canyon, east of Hailey. The Farm kicked off as a half-acre pilot program and will increase to 1 ½ acres in subsequent years thanks to Quigley Farm, who is leasing the land for $1 per year to The Hunger Coalition. Everyone is encouraged to grab a shovel or a camera, a friend or a pitchfork and get out to experience Bloom in your own way.
Introducing Bloom Youth Project
Bloom Youth Project is about coming together around food, hard work and fun. From April through October, interns will learn how to grow fruits and vegetables at Bloom Community Farm and at The Hope Garden. Interns and farm staff will work alongside each other planting, harvesting, weeding and tending to the land to keep the farm producing food for those in need. With garden classes and work days under their belts, interns will become the experts as the season unfolds and will lead farm tours to people who visit the farm. Interns will also be in charge of designing and operating a mobile market in partnership with the Bloom trailer to provide lunches to children and sell farm produce to seniors and community members. Interns will be in charge of planning and cooking a daily meal for the Bloom Community Farm team to feast on together, and will join in on team building and enrichment activities.
From the Community Food Assessment, The Hunger Coalition learned that inability to afford food due to a suite of high living expenses, coupled with overwhelming stigma about accessing food assistance, is preventing families from getting the healthy foods they need to thrive. We researched models from around the country that help address these issues and are excited to start a community farm to provide multiple avenues for community members to access the healthy food they deserve.
We broke ground and built a half-acre pilot program with the potential to expand into a critical core program for The Hunger Coalition in the coming years.
What – Bloom Community Farm initiatives:
1. Youth Development: working with partner organizations to provide vulnerable kids an avenue to build life skills while participating in food production. Youth-focused growing programs will help to develop resiliency, foster life skills, and teach coping mechanisms to help our local youth blossom into healthy, contributing community members. We are dedicated to supporting local youth, recognizing that children have the potential to break the cycle of poverty.
2. Community Farm: food production supporting the health and well-being of community members and their families through a variety of proven distribution models such as Volunteering for Veggies, discount Mobile Markets for seniors, and sliding scale Community Supported Agriculture. These types of programs provide multiple avenues for struggling community members to access the healthy food they deserve.
“The Bloom Community Farm hopes to nurture our community by bringing people together in a family-friendly environment and to connect with the land. It’s a ‘good for you place’, providing a gathering place for community members to meet around food, get their hands dirty, and get back to the basics of growing food.”
–Naomi Spence, Associate Director.
Get Involved and Join Us!
Bloom Community Farm VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – We have multiple opportunities for you to get your hands in the dirt and make a difference! Contact Rachel Shinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 788-0121
Bloom Community Farm WISH LIST – Don’t have time but still want to support our efforts? Help us outfit the farm!
We are seeking Bloom Community Farm “Friends of the Farm” Business Sponsorships. Are you a business that could offer a cash donation or in-kind donation to help Bloom Community Farm? We need your help for this community farm to thrive!