SMITHFIELD, Virginia – Pure farmland™ recognized Summit Community Gardens in Park City, Utah for its positive impact in the region with a check donation of $ 10,000. The contribution is part of the Pure growth project, an initiative launched by Pure Farmland in 2020 to ensure community gardens and farms continue to thrive and help increase access to fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables across the country. Summit Community Gardens has been selected as a recipient of a 2021 grant to support its mission to enable the local community to come together and garden at high altitudes and to provide a neighborhood haven of plants, flowers and native trees.
After receiving 103 applications for community gardens and farms in 29 states, 55 organizations were carefully selected to receive grants ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 20,000, providing a total of $ 125,000 in financial support to maintain these spaces. unique neighborhood. In the spirit of continued growth, Pure Farmland has increased its financial commitment by 25% this year in the hope of positively supporting as many green spaces as possible.
Pure Farmland joined Summit Community Gardens to celebrate the accomplishments of the local green space and highlight the incredible impact of their hard work on the neighborhood. The event included the presentation of a check for $ 10,000 to help fund the garden’s free Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which provides fresh produce directly to families in need. By creating a weekly delivery option, the garden succeeded in breaking down barriers so that neighbors who lacked transportation or had busy work schedules could still have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In a particularly difficult time for families facing food insecurity, this grant will allow Summit Community Gardens to double the number of beneficiaries receiving food baskets.
“Pure Farmland is proud to offer this opportunity to Summit Community Gardens so that they can continue to uplift the community and act as a pillar of inspiration and strength,” said Michael Merritt, Senior Director of Marketing for Pure Farmland at Smithfield Foods. “Having access to fresh, healthy food shouldn’t be a privilege that only some Americans have. This is a long-standing battle in many urban and rural areas of our country where residents suffer from a lack of access to essential nutrients. Seeing the impact of the Pure Growth Project grants implemented in these amazing programs only encourages us to continue doing what we can to provide financial relief and shine a light on the work of these amazing organizations.
Each season, the garden donates over 1,000 pounds of organic produce as part of its programs to ensure food security for the community. The Park City Public Garden is applauded for its commitment to creating a safe space for community members to come together, learn and grow, as well as for its efforts to ensure that neighbors have access to freshly grown food during the season. current health and economic crisis.
“Together with Summit Land Conservancy and Bright Futures, we identified families in our community who were food insecure. Each week this season, our volunteers and staff have harvested fresh vegetables to create baskets that we have delivered to their doorstep. This program provides reliable access to nutritious products grown just minutes from home, ”said Sloane Johnson, Executive Director of Summit Community Gardens. “We are excited to be able to expand this program with the help of our community partners and Pure Farmland. “
For more information, please visit puregrowthproject.com. Pure Farmland is a brand of Smithfield Foods.
About Pure Farmland™
Pure farmland™ is a manufacturer of high quality plant based protein products, such as breakfast ties and patties, burger patties, meatballs, pre-seasoned protein starters and dinner ties and serves retail customers. Pure Farmland products are proudly made in the USA with soy protein, coconut oil, natural flavors, are gluten and dairy free, and a good source of protein. To learn more about Pure Farmland, please visit www.Pure-Farmland.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Pure Farmland is a brand of Smithfield Foods.
About Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Based in Smithfield, Virginia since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 63,000 team members are dedicated to producing “great food.” Responsibly.®And have made Smithfield one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We’ve been pioneering sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to go carbon negative in U.S.-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions by 30% in the industry. our entire US value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of servings of food to our communities. Smithfield has a portfolio of iconic, high-quality brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan is famous®, among many others. For more information visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
About Summit Community Gardens
In 2015, Summit Community Gardens, located in Park City, Utah, partnered with Summit County, The Summit Land Conservancy and Basin Recreation to create and operate a 1.5 acre garden located in the Snyderville Basin. This space now houses 88 community garden plots, perennial demonstration beds, vegetable demonstration beds, a beehive, a children’s garden and a composting center. Over 130 community members rent plots to grow their own food and over 100 volunteers grow food in demonstration gardens which are used for summer camps, adult education and food donations by through a free CSA program and a food stand. The garden is open to the public and hosts several events throughout the summer to bring the community together for concerts, dinners, art exhibitions and classes. The mission of Summit Community Gardens is to enable the community to come together and garden at high altitudes and to encourage the land to thrive as an open space, as a beautiful haven of plants, flowers and trees. native.