The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis (UUFC) in Oregon joined with nine other Corvallis faith communities in a farm market coupon program called “That’s MY Farmer.” This program, coordinated by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, offers coupon booklets for sale to be used at several local farms and farmers markets. Ten percent of the purchase price is a donation to generate coupons for needy families in the community. The donated coupons are distributed to low-income families/individuals through local gleaner programs and food pantries. The purchased and donated coupons are used in lieu of cash for the purchase of fresh, local (often organic) offerings at local farms and farmers markets – about a dozen local small-scale farms participate in this project.
This program links local farmers offering fresh, healthy (often organic) produce, fruit, meat, cheese and some baked goods with low-income families and individuals who would likely not be able to purchase these offerings due to somewhat higher costs associated with products offered by small-scale farmers and vendors. Low-income families and individuals connecting directly with small-scale, local farmers are receiving the ripest, most nutrient-rich products available rather than industrial-scale or picked-green, pre-packaged, well-travelled products that are likely the only products offered at most grocery stories.
UUFC was accredited as a Green Sanctuary on July 28, 2010. Check out the full list of accredited Green Sanctuaries at the UUA website