OUR GROWING HOME PROGRAM WILL BE TAKING A VACATION IN 2018

We are in the process of "regrowing" our program for 2019! 



OUR VISION

Beginning in 2016 we started a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that delivered weekly baskets of produce grown on our urban farm to twenty households in our neighborhood.

HALO is located adjacent a food desert.
 Our aim is to be one spoke in a wheel that turns this area around and allows residents access to fresh produce. Participants purchase a 15-20 week subscription of delivered produce costing $20/week.  All participants, as well as others wishing to make a contribution, can contribute an additional $5/week to make this more affordable for low-income households. We hope that 50% of our subscribers will come from low-income households and are taking steps to make this possible.


OUR STORY

HALO received a grant from the Sustainable Edible Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) to purchase a 20 by 48 foot Rimol hoop house. A hoop house is a free-standing green house covered with a clear, durable, polyethylene plastic instead of glass. HALO was the first to receive a building permit for a large-scale hoop house within Racine city limits. The hoop house is located on a vacant parking lot adjacent to the south side of HALO’s parking lot and was constructed by volunteers from Bukacek Construction.

In our first growing season (2015) we focused on small potted culinary herbs to be sold at Racine's Original Farmer's Market on State Street. We also planted a 16x16' raised bed of tomatoes. These were later processed into salsa and sold as a value-added product at the market.

In the fall of 2015, an informal CSA was developed where supporters of our program agreed to purchase the produce we continued to grow through the fall. We delivered weekly to seven families in a two-mile radius of HALO. This off-the-cuff idea worked so well, we felt inspired to transform our program into a real CSA and launch Racine's first urban farm CSA in the Spring of 2016.

Clients of HALO, as well as volunteer groups and community members have the opportunity to work in the urban farm. Participants receive hands-on training while learning about horticulture and cultivation, small business management, sustainable practices, environmental concerns, nutrition, teamwork, patience and more. This program also adds horticulture therapy to HALO’s list of supportive services available to help program participants succeed in becoming self-sufficient and achieving housing stability.

Growing Home is the only urban food growing program to directly support the homeless in Racine County. Growing Home increase the awareness of HALO’s mission while highlighting the importance of locally grown food for the City of Racine.