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Give Back Tahoe: Tahoe Food Hub building sustainable foodshed

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We are Tahoe Food Hub. We are building a sustainable foodshed for North Lake Tahoe. A foodshed is like a watershed. We want people to value how and where their food is grown the same way we value our healthy rivers, clean air and open space.

Through our programs and outreach, we are educating our community on the environmental, economic and social health benefits of a local food system.

Through our Farm to Market program, we increase access to local, sustainably grown food by creating a network of small farms within 150 miles of North Lake Tahoe.

To change the food system, we need to help small, local farms reach beyond farmers markets and diversify their distribution options. We provide them a regional marketplace where they can be represented fairly and connect them to restaurants, small grocers, schools and resorts.

Our Grow Local Program explores ways to grow food locally using 4-season growing techniques at our Sierra Agroecology Center. At the center, we teach our mountain community about growing food in an alpine ecosystem and lead school tours where kids can learn about science in a hands-on environment.

We started sourcing and moving local food in June 2013. Our grassroots effort to build our own local food system has created a groundswell within our community.

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We have demonstrated it's possible for a mountain town to source food year-round. But it does take a community to build a local food system.

You can show your support by joining as a member and becoming a Hubster. You can also volunteer at one of our outreach events. Or participate on our gleaning team which harvests surplus crops and donates it to at-risk, low-income and under-served community members.

Come stock your fridge at our Farm Shop located at 150 Alpine Meadows Road. Learn more at tahoefoodhub.org.