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Written by Bonnie Azab Powell on January 23, 2013in Community, Farms, Farmworkers, Featured - 0 Comments
Bon Appétit believes that making a difference in the lives of others—one that pays dividends long past the holiday season — is the best gift we can give. Every year, we make a donation to a food-related nonprofit on behalf of our clients. Previous recipients have included Wholesome Wave, which helps bring healthful, locally grown fruits and vegetables to low-income families, and the Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC),which helps recent military veterans transition to becoming farmers.
This year’s beneficiary is the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), which borrows from the missions of both. Based in California’s Salinas Valley, the heart of America’s salad bowl, ALBA pioneered a “Farmworker to Farmer” program that provides educational and business opportunities for farmworkers and other would-be farmers to grow and sell their own organic crops. Through a nine-month, hands-on course followed by the possibility of business incubation, participants are taught farm management and organic crop production practices with an emphasis on business success. Continue…