A Sincere Thank You to all our amazing Partners
We couldn’t do it without you!
Civic and Philanthropic Organizations:
- The City of Fort Bragg: The City of Fort Bragg is a premier community partner. In 2011, NFF was the City’s contracted consultant to perform a comprehensive Fort Bragg Vermicompost Feasibility Study, which was paid for by a State of California Community Development Block Grant. To facilitate this specialized analysis, Noyo Food Forest contracted Transition Ventures. The result has been vigorous and enthusiastic community meetings with the North Coast Brewing Company and the City to implement the next phase: developing a model pilot vermiculture facility.
- Fort Bragg Unified School District: Fort Bragg Unified School District, a rural district on the northern coast of California with 1800 K-12 students on six campuses, is dedicated to school gardens and nutrition education. FBUSD, in its partnership with NFF, is now recognized as a model of a successful farm-to-school program for other districts. Fort Bragg’s Nutrition Director, Pilar Gray, is the Northern California ambassador for the California Department of Education Team Nutrition “Stepping Up to the Challenge, Creating a Healthy School Environment” training program.
Community Foundation of Mendocino County: Community Foundation of Mendocino County is a nonprofit organization serving all of Mendocino County and its service areas. The Foundation helps people give back in ways that matter to them and in ways that strengthen local communities. They have granted NFF funding for our van and our irrigation system.
Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund: The Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund provides children essentials and necessities, hopes and dreams, opportunities and activities. They fund our Summer Youth Intern program and support the Nature Day Camp.
- Mendocino County Office of Education: Since 2005, the Mendocino County Office of Education has been a close and honored partner in our mission. They provide the actual structures that we have rehabilitated and maintain as our office, greenhouse, shade house and our original hoop house. Their support has been crucial to development of the Learning Garden and our educational mission.
- Rose Foundation: The Rose Foundation believes in the power of informed community involvement. They support grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health. They have funded NFF to develop this website, make signs for our gardens, and translate our materials into Spanish.
- The Foundation for Youth Investment: The Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI) develops and transforms underserved youth by investing in effective programs and creating strategic initiatives that connect kids to the great outdoors.
- Noyo Food Forest donates food to the Fort Bragg Food Bank: Founded in 1979, the Mendocino Food & Nutrition Program (the Fort Bragg Food Bank) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose objective is to distribute emergency food to and improve the nutrition of needy residents of Mendocino County.
- Fort Bragg Unified School District Nutrition Services, which manages and operates all the school meals programs. We deliver fresh organic produce weekly to Redwood Elementary School, Dana Gray Elementary School, Fort Bragg Middle School and Fort Bragg High School.
- The North Coast Brewing Company is a major donor and a leader in supporting our Farm to School program. This local microbrewery is a pioneer in the craft beer movement and dedicated to sustainable practices. Highly conscious of environmental impact, they are committed to recycling. A portion of their spent grain and hops are brought to the Learning Garden and become compost for our organic produce. In turn, we sell them beautiful specialty greens for their restaurant, and thus keep a tiny carbon footprint in a healthy ecocycle.
- Harvest Market – Fort Bragg store buys produce from NFF weekly. Look for it in the “Local” section of their produce department. From kale to chard, herbs and cabbage, you can find NFF produce at Harvest Market Fort Bragg! Mendocino Coast’s first choice for local, organic and traditional products and services. With over 25 years of experience, now with two stores to best serve our community.
- Cafe Del Mar buys from NFF Learning Garden weekly. They are an organic cafe juice and smoothie bar. They feature comfort food, with local fish and NFF produce, grass fed beef burgers, internatio
nal specialtie s. beer and wine bar, espresso. desserts and a weekend brunch!
- Fort Bragg Farmers Market: Every Wednesday afternoon from May to October, from 3 to 6pm, right in front of Fort Bragg City Hall, you can purchase Noyo Food Forest’s fresh, seasonal organic produce, harvested that day from the Learning Garden.
- Mendocino Coast Films is an independent production company that produces documentaries, educational and promotional films for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California. They created the beautiful video for our Kickstarter project.
- Kristy Tanguay, KT Consulting 707-969-7111– Kristy’s IT support has been a valuable resource for Noyo Food Forest. She created a produce tracking and inventory spreadsheet that saves us time and keeps our sales records organized and accessible.
- Bruce Broderick, Being Water– Enthusiastic supporters of good water preservation and conservation, Being Water sees the world as a place where dreams can be fulfilled in a positive and responsible manner and be inclusive of as many people as possible while caring for our planet. Being Water installed our irrigation system and offers workshops at the Learning Garden on topics as varied as water catchment and hoop house ventilation.
- Susan Kelley, Sagecraft- Susan Kelley is the President/CEO of Sagecraft Company, a full-service marketing, fund development, and management agency serving not-for profit organizations in Northern California. In addition to serving as the marketing and development department for many grassroots and mid-size organizations, Sagecraft Company provides project management support that serves to bring coalitions of community groups together to reach a common goal. Susan has generously assisted Noyo Food Forest with her expertise in fundraising and grant writing.
- Loreto Rojas- An instructor for College of the Redwoods, Loreto has translated materials for this website and our Summer Youth Intern program from English to Spanish, enabling us to reach out to a greater portion of our community.
- Anna Kvinsland– Located in Mendocino, CA, Kvinsland Consulting Services offers expertise in nonprofit administration, project and event coordination, facilitation and grant-writing services. Anna has assisted NFF with writing successful grant proposals.
- Michelle Noe brings her love of science and the natural environment into her visual design, illustrations, and infographics. She is the designer of the Noyo Food Forest logo, website and many of our printed materials.
- Janet Self/FLOCKworks – a nonprofit that makes creative things happen, that brings our community together, and that engages talents, time and interest in meaningful efforts. Janet led the community art projects that created beautiful outdoor murals at the Learning Garden during our Earth Day Festivals.
Local Food Movement
The Noyo Food Forest is proud to be part of a movement that is changing the way we eat for the better. We are partnered with several organizations that seek to cultivate a healthy local food system.
- Gardens Project: The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities Community Action Agency is the coordinating agency for The Gardens Network and facilitates the development of community-supported gardens throughout Mendocino County. Additionally, they support various projects from After School Nutrition Programs, Farm-to-Cafeteria, Food Stamp Outreach, and our Food Policy Council. The Gardens Project relieves hunger and inadequate nutrition in low-income neighborhoods, senior communities, schools, and youth enterprise programs.
- Farm2Fork: Farm2Fork is a new initiative of North Coast Opportunities/Community Action aiming to ramp up institutional purchasing of local food in Mendocino County. Funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), this 2-year Specialty Crops Grant aims to increase the capacity of both local farmers and Food Service professionals to get fresh, healthy food from the field to the plate.
- North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council: The NCRC&DC supports economic growth through sustainable use and conservation of natural and agricultural resources in the 4-county North Coast region. They are a grassroots non-profit organization that brings together people, needs, concerns, opportunities, and solutions.