Outreach, Recruitment, Retention, and Appreciation with OCCAC

27.12.2023 in Volunteer Relations

Outreach The outreach efforts for this program were heavily focused on making a community presence during the off-season months of winter and into the beginning of the growing season. Attending monthly meetings for existing community organizations and coalitions, local farmers market informational booths and having an active…

Bringing Public Awareness to Food for All with OCCAC

27.12.2023 in Visibility

In a small community, such as Okanogan and the surrounding areas, visibility ranges from word-of-mouth, radio ads, newspaper coverage and general marketing approaches such as flyers and merchandising. A repeat visibility tactic is OCCAC’s annual “Food For All” T-shirt. This year an attempt was made…

History of Okanogan County Community Action Council (OCCAC)

27.12.2023 in History

The Okanogan County Community Action Council (OCCAC) is a community building organization which has served county residents since 1965. The agency’s gleaning project called “Food For All” started in a small-space demonstration garden and has blossomed into a three-tiered program based on nutrition education, gardening…

Demonstration Garden at Okanogan Food Bank

27.12.2023 in Farms/ Gardens

OCCAC started an on-site demonstration garden located at the Okanogan food bank and distribution center in 2009.  Successive gardens have been planted, maintained, and harvested through 2012, with plans for continual use of this educational tool and fresh produce source for the adjacent food bank….

Make a Process Map with WA State Gleaning Network

27.12.2023 in General/ Logistics

When tackling any project, it’s crucial to maintain a record of what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. This could be as simple as creating a process map. You can use many different platforms including a Google Doc, Word file, or a spreadsheet to…

How to Begin with WA State Gleaning Network

27.12.2023 in General/ Logistics

In the early stages of her assignment in year one of a three-year VISTA project, Sarah faced a project without clearly defined boundaries, granting her a unique opportunity for creative freedom. But this freedom came with the challenge of thinking innovatively and utilizing unfamiliar tools…

Learning What Doesn’t Work with WA State Gleaning Network

22.12.2023 in Development

In July of 2023, it became clear that the network needed a space to collaborate outside of the monthly meetings. Schedules did not always permit organizations to participate in monthly meetings and often did not provide enough time to really dig into deeper topics. The…