St. Joseph Farm is a living example of a diversified sustainable agriculture enterprise that provides education, community outreach, and hunger relief.
We educate. Through the nonprofit entity known as the Farm and Food Innovation Center, St. Joseph Farm provides education opportunities for socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers through a living learning laboratory and mentor-support network for marketing and production. We also have programs for youth to teach them where their food comes from and to teach them how to grow and prepare healthy foods. The general public will have opportunities to see and interact with a small-scale sustainable farm.
We build community. St. Joseph Farm gives at-risk youth and adults an opportunity for a wholesome, healing environment by allowing them opportunities to engage in both production and marketing of products they’ve grown and made themselves (farmers market stands, for example). We hold frequent events to both educate the public about the importance of a vibrant local food system and the value of sustainable agriculture. Events bring people from the community together to increase neighborhood ties, and they will also raise funds for the operations and programming of SJF and St. Joseph Center of Arkansas (SJCA).
SJF is also a site for extension agents, nonprofit organizations, and other entities looking for locations to teach sustainable agriculture and other mission-related subjects.
We feed our neighbors. Volunteers from all walks of life have the opportunity to contribute to producing food that will not only be sold to sustain SJF and SJCA through agricultural sales, but also help to grow healthy foods that are provided to diverse local food banks to help feed the hungry in our own community.
SJF is a tenant partner of St. Joseph Center of Arkansas.