When you’re starting a food recovery operation, it helps to have a catchy name. And if you can coin a verb to go with it–even better.
The Fayetteville, Arkansas-based founders of Seeds that Feed have accomplished both. CareCropping, their play on ‘sharecropping,’ is a way for gardeners and farmers to alleviate hunger by donating a portion of their harvest to the hungry. A CareCropper is anyone who donates food, money, or time towards helping to rescue, preserve and distribute fresh produce
Formed in 2011, Seeds that Feed focuses on farmers’ markets, accepting donations from farmers at the end of the market. But the group also encourages market patrons to buy extra food to donate, supporting farmers. They also accept food from individuals’ backyards.
A project associated with Feed Faytteville, Seeds That Feed has recovered 12,000 pounds thus far in 2012. Looks like CareCropping in Fayetteville is quite effective!