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GARDEN RAISED BOUNTY

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aka GRuB   |   Olympia, WA   |  http://www.goodgrub.org

Mission

GRuB grows healthy food, people, and community. With roots in the land, we create opportunities for people to learn, lead, and thrive.

Notes from the nonprofit

GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working at the intersection of food, education, and health systems to grow healthy food, people, and communities. GRuB's Mission GRuB grows healthy food, people, and community. With roots in the land, we create opportunities for people to learn, lead, and thrive. GRuB's Vision We envision an equitable world where we are all nourished by healthy relationships, resilient community, and good food.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. Deb Crockett

Main address

2016 Elliott Ave NW

Olympia, WA 98502 USA

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Formerly known as

Kitchen Garden Project

Sister Holly Youth Garden Project

EIN

91-1594312

NTEE code info

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Program

By providing a safe learning and work environment rooted in sustainable agriculture, youth find meaning and inspiration to grow themselves, the community, and healthy food. Through job training, and team building, youth ages 16-24 experience a loving community where they can grow their own skills, resilience, and leadership. Youth work on the land and provide leadership for field trips and farm-based experiences for volunteers, younger children, families, farm customers and more!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB)s Garden Project (GGP) is on the ground, bringing joy and resiliency to people with low incomes through the gift of gardens! Each year, GGP brings homegardens, training, and resources to anywhere between 50-150 low-income households (funding dependent). Each garden is filled with weed-free, high organic-content soil, and distribute seeds, vegetable starts, gardening guides and provide one-on-one monthly gardening mentorship. Throughout the year, we will also provide free workshops on topics such as sustainable gardening practices, garden planning, weeding, harvesting, and cooking.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

The GRuB Veterans Program offers opportunities for veterans to transform their mission to one that cultivates life, while nourishing our families, our peers, and those in need.

Our Veteran Programming supports military veterans throughout their lifelong transition back into civilian life. We empower veterans, active duty service members, and their families to establish strong roots in the community through continued service, peer-to-peer support, and a deeper connection with the natural world. While transitioning to civilian life, veterans face a multitude of barriers. We strive to support military veterans throughout Washington state by connecting them with the GRuB community and our nationwide resource network. With projects supporting entrepreneurial endeavors in agriculture; beekeeping; volunteer gardening activities; and our monthly Veteran Councila meeting space for Veterans to connect with other Veterans; we're empowering veterans, active duty service members and their fami

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people

GRuB’s Wild Food and Medicine program offers educational resources, teacher trainings, and community classes to help people safely and sustainably harvest and prepare wild edible and medicinal plants.
We partner with Native educators, Elders, cultural experts, and plant specialists in developing educational tools that are place-based, promote respect for the land, and increase understanding of tribal history, traditions, and food sovereignty. Honoring cultural property rights and protected knowledge is an important part of this work. We respect and honor Native communities’ right to keep sacred knowledge within their communities, and strive to share knowledge that is appropriate for a broader audience.

Population(s) Served

GRuBs Growing Home Collective uplifts the leadership and voices of Black people, many of whom are still experiencing the impacts of the legacy of American oppression and slavery. Our goal is to amplify sacred space for black people to rest, relax, and build resilient community together.

Our collective is open to Black and ADOS individuals of all ages to experience wellness, culture, and ancestral wisdom in the kitchen and on the land. African or Black immigrants, members of the Black Diaspora and Black people who are of mixed racial/ethnic backgrounds are welcome.

Our collective is REcalling and REvering Black community knowledge around food and its interconnected cultural traditions. We are REclaiming our brilliance, genius and the truth that our hearts, bodies, hands and minds have shaped this countrythey are this countrythis is not history, it is Ourstory.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We orient GRuBs diverse programs towards meeting three interconnected outcomes: growing healthy food, people, and community. Here's a baseline idea of the sorts of outcomes we may attempt to achieve by the end of our Fiscal Year:

Outcome 1: Increase Access to Healthy, Local, and Sustainable food
40+ home gardens will be built for low-income households, reaching more than 100 individuals
10,000+lbs of produce will be grown by youth for themselves and the community
6+ workshops will be taught on Wild Foods and Medicine and 6+ on cooking and gardening
40+ garden recipients and 40+ youth will increase their ability to grow their own food

Outcome 2: Improve Individual Skills, Resilience, and Empowerment
40+ youth will increase their job, leadership, social-emotional, and public speaking skills
100% of Youth in the GroundED program will progress towards or earn their GED
30+ veterans will gain skills & connections in farming and beekeeping
18 tribal educators will teach the Tend, Gather, and Grow curriculum in their own community
90% of educators in our tribal cohorts will report that Wild Foods and Medicines helped support them in their careers

Outcome 3: Increased Sense of Connection to Community
30+ veterans will connect on the land and share their stories through the veteran talk circle, Victory Farm work parties, and/or garden builds
40+ youth will increase their community connection with each other and the wider community
10-20+ community members will engage with Wild Foods & Medicines Classes and workshops regularly
70+ volunteers will offer 2000+ hours of time to support GRuBs mission
20+ tribes or Native-led organizations will partner with Wild Foods and Medicines
30+ schools or organizations will use Wild Foods and Medicines curricula

Food insecurity is a major issue for communities served by GRuB. According to a recent study conducted in 2021 by Washington State University, 8% of Washington residents are food insecure. In Thurston County, that number jumps to 11%. Additionally, emergency federal funding for SNAP food stamp benefits ended in March 2023, which means we can expect more people to experience food insecurity. Increasing food security is critical during this time, and at GRuB:

- Youth grow 10,000+lb of fresh produce for themselves, the food bank and the community each year on GRuBs farm.
- Families with low incomes who have children under 5 learn to grow and prepare delicious and healthy snacks and bring home weekly produce shares in our Families on the Farm program.
- The GRuB Garden Project equips families with limited income with a free backyard garden and the knowledge and support to successfully grow food.
- Our Wild Foods and Medicines program partners with local tribes to bring culturally appropriate food into schools.

GRuB also works with Opportunity Youth, who have extraordinary untapped potential. Barriers they face include high Adverse Childhood Experiences, low income, homelessness, marginalized identities, and experience in the foster care system and/or the juvenile justice system. Under COVID-19, virtual education makes participation even more difficult for opportunity youth. Not finishing high school is correlated with higher risks of substance abuse, mental health challenges, and incarceration. At GRuB:
- Wild Foods and Medicines Tend curriculum is crafted for Opportunity Youth, and promotes time in nature, which reduces stress and builds self-esteem. It also connects children with the land, the seasons, Native culture, and the broader community of life.
- GRuBs Youth Program provides Opportunity Youth job readiness training and a brave space to build social-emotional and hard skills. Youth learn and lead all GRuB farm production tasks. At GRuB, youth break down barriers and reach their goals!

Thurston County has the second-largest veteran and active-duty military population in our state because of its proximity to one of the five largest military bases in the world -- Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). While transitioning to civilian life, veterans face a multitude of barriers, including a feeling of purposelessness and/or lack of control, homelessness, high-risk behavior, increased risk of mental health challenges, disabilities, food insecurity, financial vulnerability, social isolation, and death by suicide. This can begin to be mitigated with veteran-specific support services. Our Veteran programs serve military veterans and their family members; individual vulnerability varies dramatically based on circumstances.

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Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judy Witt

Higher Education Leadership & Adult Learning

Steven Byers

Helping Human Systems

Michelle Harvey

Association of Washington Cities

Gail Gosney-Wrede

Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (retired)

Jessie Turner

Cascadia Law Group

Becca Kenna-Schenk

Western Washington University

Anne Hansen

WA Dept of Social & Health Services, Developmental Disabilities Administration

Nicole Boucher

Tumwater School District

Rick Bernsten

U.S. Army Veteran, Victory Farmer

Roxanne Lieb

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (retired)

Sonny Davis

Native Harvest

Sean Hawkins

GRuB Youth Program Alum

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data