Message from the Directors

As we have heard too often in 2020, we are all living in “unprecedented times.” For those involved in transitioning our current food system to one rooted in racial and social justice, we know that 2020 has shed light on problems that have plagued the food system since its inception. This year revealed the systemic instabilities within our systems, institutions, and communities, and for Urban Growers Collective, it solidified the importance of our work and clarified our role in the food system and our communities. 

Through the year, Urban Growers Collective has adjusted our programming to meet the emerging needs of our communities. We held safe and nurturing spaces to support healing and spark creativity both on our farms and virtually. Our team provided culturally-affirming produce to those most vulnerable to food access challenges and Covid-19. We also supported beginning farmers to grow food and collectively advance food sovereignty.

Our important work would not be possible without your financial support. We have been amazed by how many of you came together through fundraisers managed on our behalf, new partnerships, and volunteering to further our mission to create a just food system. Urban Growers Collective will be releasing our finances and funders after our audit is completed at the end of the First Quarter of 2021. Whether you are just learning about our organization or are a long-time supporter of our work, we hope that this report inspires you to stay involved with our Collective. 

Click here to read our 2020 Program Report. Our full 2020 Annual Report will be available May 1st, 2021.

Sincerely,

Erika Allen, Co-Founder and CEO Operations
Laurell Sims, Co-Founder and CEO Finance