Inwood Community Farm was started by the Emmons Family who are educators and farmers. The land they have provided for ICF is 3 acres +/-, in the Shingletown area. The farm allows space for educational activities, bee hives, almost an acre of planted garden area and room to grow.
While established in 2015, and our pilot garden going in 2016, 2017 marked our first year actively planting, networking and marketing as a 501c3 non-profit. Our goal is to continue to provide food to people in need through various food banks and other community outreach programs as well as hosting educational space for programs to schools, home-school groups and community members. In order to continue doing this, we must become self-sustaining. We hope to accomplish this primarily by offering fresh seasonal produce for sale, to the public in our surrounding communities - as our main source of fundraising.
2017 was an exciting year for us as we were able to build a garden at a school for kids with behavioral hardships with the help of Tractor Supply Company's 'Dig It' Garden Grant. We were able to donate over 2000 lbs of fresh produce to our local communities in a 6 month period, and host educational space for various home-schools and other educational groups. We have since, partnered with other local schools to encourage and mentor school gardens and provide seeds and plant starts to schools, families and individuals as able, as a way of encouraging and educating others to try growing their own food and experience the benefits of eating fresh!
The growing interest we have seen in ICF has been an encouragement and we continue to work to improve production and offer more educational and outreach opportunities.
2018 was a growth year. We brainstormed ways to expand our growing season (greenhouse, low tunnels, frost cloth etc...) and worked on ways to reach out to our community. We added pigs to the farm (well, late 2017, but our first babies and grow outs were 2018)
2019 started out a little rocky, with strange weather patterns bringing crazy snow and hail late into our 'typical' planting season. Our farm manager was then taken ill and following an emergency brain surgery, our production for the year was kept to a minimum. We have been working on adding a reliable source of FARM FRESH EGGS to our regular line up!
2020 is off to a good start! Volunteers starting off the season are few, and with the Corvid -19 scare keeping everyone in 'social isolation', it may be a while before volunteers are willing to venture out again, but hope is to see ICF continue to expand this year and be able to help an even larger number of families and individuals as we move forward! As of March 31st, our greenhouse is packed with seedlings and the garden is on schedule for planting - even with limited hands to help.