What we do:
At Snipes Farm, we believe giving back to the community is a core responsibility of our farm. It is for this reason that we work hard to ensure that we do our part in eliminating hunger within our community. This year, we expect 50% of our produce to go to our hunger relief partners! Currently, we partner with many local organizations so that we can help the community as much as possible.
Friends Rehabilitation Program: FRP imagines a future of racial and economic justice, equity and ownership, and trauma-informed care. By hosting affordable and mixed-income housing, healthy green space, and businesses that support marginalized communities and the environment in the Greater Philadelphia Region. FRP envisions a robust city ecosystem that fosters social cohesion, stewardship, and resilience through housing, training, food access, community programs, social services, and sustainable business incubation.
Snipes Farm and Education Center's partnership with Friends Rehabilitation Project in Philadelphia brings fresh, organic food to families in need, low-income Senior Citizens, and returning citizens (persons leaving incarceration). Weekly deliveries of produce direct from Snipes Farm brings healthy produce to the people who need it the most.
Trenton Health Team: Trenton Health Team is dedicated to improving the well-being of greater Trenton by partnering with the community to expand access to high-quality, coordinated, cost-effective healthcare and addressing housing quality, food security, neighborhood safety, education and social inequities inextricably linked to poor health outcomes.
Many urban areas are "food deserts" where fresh produce is unavailable. Snipes Farm and Education Center is partnering with the Trenton Health Team to bring fresh, healthy produce to Battle Monument Park, in Trenton, NJ. Grants help keep prices affordable for low-income residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. Doctors from Capital Heath write prescriptions for fresh produce that can be used at the market. Snipes Farm participates in the Trenton Food Access Stakeholder Group, which is seeking support for a "Neighborhood Heath Hub," non-profit or co-op grocery store in Trenton.
Senior Center "Pop-up" Market: In 2018, Snipes Farm and Education Center participated to help relieve hunger for seniors in the Bucks County area. Through weekly Farmers Markets, Snipes Farm and Education Center provided fresh and nutritious produce weekly during the growing season, including tomatoes, corn, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, radishes, scallions, spinach, squash, fresh herbs, blueberries and blackberries. Seniors were able to use Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers to receive this produce at four senior centers in lower bucks county.
Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, The Makers Place (Methodist Ministry), and Westminster Presbyterian Church: The importance of fresh produce is something that Snipes Farm and Education Center works to share. It is for that reason that we deliver fifteen weekly CSA Shares to families in need in Trenton, New Jersey through a grant from Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health. By working with Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, The Makers Place (Methodist Ministry), and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Snipes Farm and Education Center works to build relationships with families with young children, and assess changes in knowledge and behavior related to healthy eating and living.
Donate: Donations help ensure that our important community partnerships run smoothly. Please consider donating to ensure that this important work continues to be done! Donate here!
Volunteer Farmer Hours: Help us with early spring tasks on the farm as we prepare the fields for planting. Help the apple orchard produce fruit, and enjoy the comradery and the great outdoors together! When volunteering, we recommend dressing for outdoor weather (and dirt) with warm boots and work gloves.