Felicia’s Farm uses small plot of land to fight food insecurity | Giving
“I had the pleasure of knowing Félicia. If you were hungry, Felicia wouldn’t just bring you a sandwich; she would bring a whole loaf of bread. I have great respect for David and his family and all they do to help disadvantaged people, ”Kirchler said.
Family is at the root of David’s project, who remarried several years ago to board member Leah Michelson Cutler.
Kirchler said their generosity got the farm through the pandemic, when it became impossible to bring in volunteers to harvest and plant. He also thanks a group of supportive volunteers for their dedication to the effort.
“We have very, very committed board members that we have recruited and many committed people ready to do whatever we can to end hunger,” he said.
All eggs and produce harvested from the farm are donated to Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, which serves 300 people a day with soup and take-out meals, and Casa San Juan Family Resource Center, which serves 5,400 people on low. income per month. Felicia’s Farm also provides food for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s pantry and donates to the Lend-a-Hand Program for Homebound Seniors and Estes Garden, a residence for low-income seniors. In addition, the flowers from the farm are donated to local hospice programs.
“We grow seasonally, and there isn’t a week that we don’t deliver healthy foods that give a nutritional boost to those in need. We harvested tons of onions and melons and we just pulled the ends of the cabbage out, and now we are growing tomatoes, squash, peppers, zucchini and cucumbers. We try to grow culturally appropriate foods. … We want people to have top quality and feel the dignity and pride of having the best food so everyone knows they are valued, ”Lolwing said.