Backyard Harvest connects the bounty of our region with those who need it most through gleaning, gathering, growing, and farmers market initiatives.
Backyard Harvest works throughout the counties of Whitman, Latah, Asotin and Nez Perce. Since our inception in 2006, we have distributed 250,000lbs of produce throughout the Palouse and Lewis/Clark Valley. We believe that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food. While our priority is to outgrow hunger by connecting community members with fresh food, we also work towards empowering families and individuals to grow their own food through education and support.
We have three main program areas:
1) Community Orchard & Harvest Share: The core program of Backyard Harvest, mobilizes volunteers to glean and gather over 30,000 pounds per year of fresh produce from local farmers and homeowners to distribute among food banks, schools, and senior meal programs. The program also assists with installation and maintenance of local community, food bank, and learning gardens.
2) Shop the Market: We process EBT/SNAP (Food Stamp) payment at local farmers markets.
For the 2022 season, we will be offering two incentive programs — Double Up Food Bucks and SNAP Market Match. Double Up Tokens will only be offered at the Moscow Farmers Market for Idaho residents, while SNAP Market Match will only be offered at the Pullman Farmers Market. For any amount of SNAP benefits spent, we will match the amount with the appropriate incentive currency. For example, if you use $5 of SNAP benefits, you will actually get $10 to spend at the market---- you double your money every time you Shop the Market! At this time, there is a $40 cap on incentive currency.
Shopping your local farmers market is easy, just come to the Backyard Harvest booth at any of the following markets:
STEP 1: WE WILL SWIPE YOUR QUEST/EBT CARD AND GIVE YOU WOODEN TOKENS IN THE AMOUNT YOU SPECIFY
- Tokens will be accepted by vendors to purchase: fruits & vegetables, seeds & plant starts for growing food, mushrooms, herbs, bread, eggs, cheese, milk, honey, meat, and bulk prepared food items to be eaten after market (Example: a pound of barbecue, a dozen cookies, or multiple tamales). You cannot use tokens to purchase single servings of prepared food items to be consumed during market or non-food items.
- Tokens do not expire. They can be used all season long and from year to year.
- Due to state lines, tokens can only be used at the market they are designated for; Moscow tokens at markets in Moscow and Pullman tokens at markets in Pullman.
STEP 2: RECEIVE $1 IN FREE INCENTIVE CURRENCY FOR EVERY $1 IN TOKENS TO DOUBLE THE MONEY YOU SPEND
- Incentive currency will be accepted by vendors to purchase: fruits & vegetables, seeds & plant starts for growing food, cut herbs, and mushrooms.
- Incentive currency can be used at any participating market regardless of location.
STEP 3: SHOP THE MARKET FOR FRUITS, VEGGIES, EGGS, BREAD, HONEY, AND MORE
- Vendors cannot give change but may round your purchase as close as they can with additional fruit, veggies, etc.
- Please do not use tokens, SNAP Match Market Dollars, or Double Up tokens on ineligible items—if there is a question about whether an item is eligible or not please come to the Backyard Harvest booth; do not rely on the market manager or vendors to make this decision.
- We have a produce guide available at the Backyard Harvest booth if you ever have questions about how to store/prepare various fruits or veggies you may encounter at the market—just ask us!
3) Education & Outreach: Long-term community development, works with local food banks, the YMCA, and other community partners to educate families, seniors, children, and university students on nutrition, healthy cooking, and gardening.