Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and the Center for Land-Based Learning have partnered on the groundbreaking of the Food for Families Urban Farm. This unique partnership offers new pathways to developing urban farms in West Sacramento, California, thereby increasing access to fresh local produce, promoting community sustainability, encouraging volunteerism and stimulating educational opportunities. Twenty-five percent of the produce grown will benefit Food for Families and create a built-in market for beginning farmers to sell their crops.
“For individuals facing food insecurity, access to fresh, healthy food can be a daily challenge,” said Jennie Teal-Wolter, Food For Families development officer. “Partnering with the Center For Land-Based Learning to grow fruits and vegetables for our partner food banks is another important and innovative way that Food For Families is working to bring nutritious produce to those who need it most.”
The new urban farm speaks to Raley’s vision of infusing life with health and happiness.
“At Raley’s, we are proud to partner with the Center for Land-Based Learning,” said Meg Burritt, Raley’s director of wellness and sustainability. “By training young farmers, this organization is helping to create a more sustainable food system—not only for today, but also for the future. We are happy to help them work toward this mutual goal.”
The project also supports Land-Based Learning’s mission to inspire and motivate people of all ages, especially youth, to promote a healthy interplay between agriculture, nature and society through their own actions and as leaders in their communities.
“Partnerships are an essential foundation for building successful and sustainable programs in our community,” said Mary Kimball, Land-Based Learning’s executive director. “A partnership with the Raley’s Food For Families program is an excellent example of how we will be able to accomplish more by working together. In this case, supporting beginning farmers, while at the same time providing fresh food for families in need.”
The new urban farm is located at Yolo High School, in partnership with the Washington Unified School District.
“This is a great educational opportunity, not only for our students and district but the community as well,” said Alicia Cruz, Washington Unified School District Trustee. “The partnerships that are being created with the West Sacramento Schools to provide educational pathways, fresh produce and opportunities for the community to get involved are nothing less than spectacular. I want to thank all the organizations that make this happen.”