Friday, September 20, 2013

Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture


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Kathleen Barsotti

Our parents started our farm in 1976 with a vision and passion for organic and sustainable agriculture that led them to become early pioneers in this movement. In 1992, our mother, Kathleen Barsotti, founded Farm Fresh To You, our Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) service, delivering farm-fresh, local, organic produce to homes and offices in California. It was her belief that an important part of sustainable agriculture is connecting people to the land that grows their food.

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After a courageous nine-year battle with breast cancer, our mother passed away in 2000. As a way to honor her memory, the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP) was created in 2009. The goal of the non-profit is to promote the method of agriculture that Kathleen supported, a method that preserves the land for future generations, protects the people who work on the farm and contributes to the local economy.

CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITY 

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College Scholarship Awards
In 2009, the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit began its activities by awarding a $500 scholarship to a young student planning to study agriculture and promote sustainable practices after graduation. This scholarship has been awarded to a new student every year since.

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As it was always very important to Kathleen to give back to the farm-worker community, one of the goals of KBNP is to increase the resources that are available to farm workers and their families.

Our additional programs include providing backpacks filled with school supplies to children of farm workers, providing a yearly college scholarship to a young-adult with ambitions of working in sustainable agriculture, supporting English-as-a-second-language classes for farm workers, and educating the public on the importance of sustainable farms.

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School Supplies and Backpack Program

BECAUSE OF YOU!

Each year, the farm in Capay has three special events that bring our various communities together at the Capay Organic/Farm Fresh To You farm to enjoy live music, fantastic local food and an opportunity to meet their farmer and connect with the land that grows their food. Our events are another way that we raise awareness and support for KBNP.

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Silent Auction at our Capay Tomato event.
This year, we added Seasonal Farm-to-Fork Dinners to our line up of special events. These dinners have provided a unique experience to sit down with farmer and chef, enjoy a meal together and share about the mutual passion for sustainable and organic practices.

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Seasonal Farm-to-Fork Dinner at Mulvaney's B&L Restaurant.

These events have allowed us to provide more education and support than ever before!  But there's something else that happened this year that stole our hearts and show us that our mother's life work and dreams are taking root and growing!

This year we promoted our annual backpack/school supplies drive in our newsletter and on our Farm Fresh To You Facebook page and you, our community reached back with an outpouring of over $3,800 from these efforts alone!

Together, this year we were able to receive and fill over 600 backpack requests from farm workers both at our farm and local partner farms in northern and southern California!


We are so honored by the outpouring of generosity from our CSA community.  Whether it's being part of our family farm, a CSA member or by attending our events, thank you - thank you for supporting our non-profit and a better way of farming!