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Sharing the Harvest

Goal: Sharing the Harvest helps relationships grow between those with & without intellectual disabilities.

Total Project Value: $1,800

Project End Date: 5/1/2017

Status: Amount Given: $750 | Goal Amount: $1,800


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Project Description

The goal of this project is for three of the main family-style houses at L'Arche to have shares of community supported agriculture (CSA) through the 2016/2017 growing season. The entire community would benefit as the three houses host community events as well as visitors from outside of L'Arche.

L'Arche Jacksonville transforms the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities by creating home, building a holistic community and inviting everyone to share life. Those with intellectual disabilities, known as core members, form the heart of shared life. Those who accept an invitation to share life with core members, known as assistants, come from all over the world to give a year or more to this unique service.

Over the years, assistants in relationship with core members have put their imprint on the community. One of those imprints was the beginning of a garden, which has expanded and flourished. All community members have come to deeply appreciate the value of a harvest. This has led to a relationship with Down to Earth Farms, a small family farm that began in late 2007. L’Arche and Down to Earth both believe that what we choose to eat affects our health.

Where we get it from affects the health of the local communities and the health of the environment.
In this vein, with your support L’Arche will be able to expand its community to include Down to Earth Farms. Not only will food be exchanged but so will education and skills on developing a garden. Down to Earth co-owner Brian Lapinski has already visited L’Arche to help us them learn more about growing food. This is a fruitful partnership that will ensure that your dollars reach many people.

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