Pioneered by female-led organizations, local communities are adapting to food scarcity challenges and future shortages through a commitment to local, sustainable farming and indoor hydroponic technology.
Impact Fairfield County held its second Impactful Conversation of the 2022-2023 grant year on the topic of “The Future of Food,” addressing what it means to have access to local organic farming and how investments in indoor hydroponic farming from nOURish BRIDGEPORT are producing healthy, sustainable food for food insecure residents of Fairfield County. The animated panel discussion at the Anderson Youth and Community Center at the St. Luke’s Parish in Darien featured Impact FFC Grantee nOURish BRIDGEPORT and the state’s leading farmers' market, Westport Farmers’ Market.
Members of Impact FFC participated in a dynamic conversation with Reverend Sara D. Smith, President, CEO and Founder of nOURish BRIDGEPORT and Lori Cochran-Dougall, Executive Director of the Westport Farmers’ Market, moderated by Maryellen Frank, Co-Chair of Events for Impact FFC.
One of Impact FFC’s $100,000 Grant winners last year, nOURish BRIDGEPORT addressed how, with the support of Impact FFC, nOURish BRIDGEPORT opened Connecticut’s first nonprofit indoor hydroponic farm in mid-2022. In the past six months, nOURish has produced and distributed 2.5 tons of fresh, nutritionally-dense produce.
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