Inwood Community is a 501c3 Non Profit farm located in lower Shingletown.
Started by the Emmons Family, who are educators and farmers in their own right, the land they have provided for ICF is 3 acres +/-. The farm allows space for educational activities, bee hives, animal husbandry, garden area and room to grow.
Established in 2015 with 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.
Inwood Community Farm’s (ICF) mission is to develop a sustainable, environmentally responsible farm system, offering fresh, seasonal produce to our surrounding communities.
By offering produce to the general public as a primary fundraiser, it then allows us to also be able to achieve our greater passion and driving force behind the farm, which is to be able to provide the same nutrition rich, seasonal produce at low or no cost to elderly, handicapped and families & other individuals on fixed incomes. We also encourage groups and other individuals to utilize the farm as a community space for education and other various activities.
We strive to provide healthy food and offer educational opportunities for the public in our surrounding communities.
We greatly appreciate our wonderful community and the amazing encouragement we receive. Without your support, not of this would be possible.
Please contact us for info regarding volunteer opportunities, field trips, available produce and events.
* 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.
ICF offers opportunities for field trips, community service & youth organizations.
We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.
OUR 2020 ICF Board:
President - Peter Emmons
Secretary - Sarah Potter
Board Member - Nancy Emmons
Board Member - Cliff Richadson
Board Member - Carolyn Christian
Board Member - Mark Martinek
Farm Production - Sarah Potter
Farmer's Market -
Network/Marketing - OPEN POSITION
Grant writer - OPEN POSITION
West Garden Lead - OPEN POSITION
East Garden Lead - OPEN POSITION
Garden Volunteer Coordinator Lead - OPEN POSITION
Flower Garden Lead - OPEN POSITION
**VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!If you are interested in one of the positions currently open, PLEASE email us! We are very grateful for our amazing volunteer family!