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“You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. – César Chávez

The Springfield Food Policy Council's initiatives focus on fighting hunger and nutrition inequity, expanding access to fresh, affordable and culturally appropriate foods, and developing urban agriculture in the City of Springfield. Explore the options below to learn how you or your community can get involved.

Las iniciativas del Consejo de Política Alimentaria de Springfield se centran en combatir el hambre y la desigualdad nutricional, ampliar el acceso a alimentos frescos, asequibles y culturalmente apropiados, y desarrollar la agricultura urbana en la ciudad de Springfield. Explore las opciones a continuación para saber cómo usted o su comunidad pueden participar.

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SFPC's 2021 Liberation Garden Program: Closed for the Season

Want to grow your own food at home? The Springfield Food Policy Council believes that everyone who wants to grow their own food should have the support they need to do so. To help make this possible, we install raised-bed and container gardens through our Liberation Garden initiative.

¿Quiere cultivar su propia comida en casa? El Consejo de Política Alimentaria de Springfield cree que todos los que quieran cultivar sus propios alimentos deben tener el apoyo que necesitan para hacerlo. Para ayudar a que esto sea posible, instalamos jardines de contenedores y camas elevadas a través de nuestra iniciativa Liberation Garden.

SFPC & UMass Extension Parent Nutrition Class!

Parents of Springfield are eligible to participate in a 6-week parent nutrition class for FREE! This class is hosted by UMass Extension and sponsored by the Springfield Food Policy Council. It is designed to bring you nutrition education and tools for healthy eating. To make this opportunity more accessible, all participating parents will receive a stipend.

¡Los padres de Springfield son elegibles para participar en una clase de nutrición para padres de 6 semanas GRATIS! Esta clase es organizada por UMass Extension y patrocinada por el Consejo de Política Alimentaria de Springfield. Está diseñado para brindarle educación nutricional y herramientas para una alimentación saludable. Para que esta oportunidad sea más accesible, todos los padres participantes recibirán un estipendio.

40 Acres Garden & Farm Projects

The SFPC encourages and supports the construction of school gardens and the integration of gardening into school curriculum. ​Gardening engages students by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. School gardens are living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons are drawn from real life experiences, encouraging students to become active participants in the learning process.

Why school gardening? 
Learning in a school garden teaches the fundamentals of three important issues: nutrition, agriculture, and outdoor activity. Research in support of school gardening shows that:

  • Gardening enriches every subject area from arts to social studies, including special education classes.

  • Children who learn to grow their own food make healthier decisions about what to eat.

  • Gardening  teaches cooperation, responsibility and patience, and increases self-esteem.

  • Gardens offer a unique way to incorporate the greater community into school activities.

  • Gardens beautify the school and instill pride in students and school staff. 

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