Question: What is your mission and objectives?
The BFF Vision is a world where all communities participate in creating local food ecosystems.
Our mission is framed around the permaculture ethics of “care for the earth, care for the people, fair share for all.”
We cultivate a community dedicated to building equitable food systems for all people, and stewarding our environment for the benefit of all species.
We believe in Caring for the Earth.
We steward our local ecosystem by building healthy soil and increasing the diversity of plants and habitat.
We believe in Caring for the People.
We bring people together to grow and share food, learn from each other, and know their neighbors.
We work to create a Fair Share for all.
We are on land stolen from the Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, and other peoples, stewards and co-creators of abundance with the land since time immemorial. We work to dismantle an unjust food system rooted in white supremacy and conquest by nurturing its replacement, already alive and ready to grow. Through open harvest and collaboration within and among communities, we work to create a fair share for all.
Question: Who do you serve and about how many people do you serve in a year? Please provide the demographics (including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, income level, etc.)?
Beacon Food Forest serves any neighbors in the Beacon Hill and greater South Seattle area, offering free open harvest of food on public land and green space for all. Signs encourage visitors to harvest ethically, taking only what they need and always leaving some for others. We see many families from the immediate neighborhood, predominantly Asian-American and Latinx, harvesting at BFF. The “open harvest” model is so successful that we have no left-over produce at the end of the season.
People from anywhere are welcomed to visit BFF, and have traveled from across the region, country, and even the world to visit and learn from the food forest. We estimate we serve 350 people directly and consistently, including volunteers, core organizers, neighbors who harvest, and families fed through the food bank.
Question: What is the size of your organization (number of paid staff and volunteers)?
Answer: We have one paid staff member. BFF has a few dozen core volunteers who lead work on site and in administration of the project, plus hundreds of volunteers in the community who attend work parties and do smaller projects.
Question: What is the budget summary for the current fiscal year?
Total budget: $75,000
Total income: $277,000
Total expenses: $201,000
Question: What is the breakdown of your income sources (percentage received from individuals, corporations, foundations, government, earned income, etc.)?
Question: How will you use our $10,000 donation?
This $10,000 donation will provide stipends for seasonal internships. Many people inquire about internships at Beacon Food Forest, and we currently do not have funding to offer local students and community members a paid internship. We aim to center equity and community needs in our work, and would like to be able to offer stipends for the work and ongoing commitment of an Intern.
One of these internships will be to coordinate watering stewards across the BFF site.
We will also use these funds to plan and install a more secure door for the lower tool shed at BFF, which is ADA accessible, and was built by volunteers in September 2020. This shed is used frequently by site volunteers at large, volunteers needing more accessible spaces, P-Patch gardeners, and BIPOC Community Garden volunteers. The lock has been broken a few times, and the resources the shed provides are invaluable to us.