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Core Values

Fun

We foster an enjoyable and fruitful environment for healthy living.

  • We devote the time and space to create a workplace that we enjoy.
  • We create experiences that inspire individuals and communities.
  • We engage communities in exploring creative and impactful activities.
  • We strive to incorporate passion, humor, spontaneity, and joy into our daily lives.
  • We maintain a healthy balance between our work and our personal lives.

Resourcefulness

We make the best use of resources to achieve the greatest possible outcomes.

  • We are creative problem solvers –striving for innovative solutions to systemic challenges.
  • We value and seek to strengthen existing community resources.
  • We seek knowledge of our complex food system in order to be a valuable resource to the community.
  • We challenge ourselves to exceed expectations in our daily work.

Integrity

We approach our work, the community, and each other with authenticity, honesty, and respect.

  • We provide credible and trustworthy community-based programs and resources.
  • We respect each other, our community, and our environment in all that we do.
  • We support open and honest dialogue, and assume the best intentions in others when dealing with conflict.
  • We are transparent and ethical in our stewardship of the organization and our resources.

Collaboration

We cultivate meaningful relationships with each other and the larger community.

  • We prioritize teamwork, shared responsibility, and group problem-solving as a means of effectively reaching goals and addressing challenges.
  • We embrace the idea of collective impact by actively seeking and responding to partnership opportunities.
  • We contribute fully to collaborative efforts, and value the same level of participation from our partners.
  • We embrace our diverse community and the connection we share within our food system.

Empowerment

We believe that the community’s inherent power and leadership is the foundation for a truly equitable and sustainable food system.

  • We learn alongside community members, through open exchange and sharing of skills, knowledge, resources, and tools.
  • We help build capacity for a return of power over the food system to the community.
  • We ensure that the community is involved in leadership and decision making of the organization.
  • We advocate for inclusive stakeholder involvement in decisions on food systems and policies.
  • We ensure that all of our programming supports food production, marketing, distribution and preparation as a means for individual, family and community self-sufficiency.