One of our core values as a farm is to make sure everyone in our community is enjoying our abundant local harvests. We make it a point each and every year to share our fruit forward with schools, non profits, churches, the christmas project, food banks, day centers and homeless shelters. As farmers we care deeply about growing food for our community and region and it is our pleasure to ensure everyone in our valley is eating fresh, local and nutritious fruit.
Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Hunger and poverty often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. While hunger has no boundaries - African Americans are more than twice as likely to suffer from food insecurity as their white, non-Hispanic counterparts. Seniors face a number of unique medical and mobility challenges that amplify the effects of hunger and put them at a greater risk of food insecurity. The Latino population has nearly doubled in the past decade and Latino communities are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity, poverty and unemployment. The irony is that many food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers. It is our honor to bring bins of fruit down to our local food banks because again we want everyone in our community to eat well and not be hungry.
A huge heart filled thank you to everyone who purchased fruit farm direct from our stand this year or participated in our All Fruit CSA. Your continued support and loyalty makes it possible for us to remain in farming year after year and to be able to share forward generously with every member of our community. We still have fruit for sale at our farm stand at the bargain rate of 50cents a pound and we invite you to buy your fruit locally-farm direct this Winter and Spring at Mt. View Orchards. We are sharing forward with the Oregon food bank but we are saving enough for the friends of our farm that come get apples each week for their lunches. An apple a day really is good for your health and for prevention of illnesses so come on by and load up for our health, friends. We also have Sugar pumpkins and squash as well. xoxo Your Grateful farmer, Trina
PS. I personally invite you all to come to the Hood River Library this thursday night, November 10th at 630pm to watch The Film Premiere, Harvesting Our Stories by David Hanson with gourmet popcorn. We were honored to participate in this production as the fruit orchard.