Just as organic farmers replenish the soil to nurture their crops, at Earthbound Farm we’ve made a tradition of giving back to our communities to help them prosper and grow.
- Future Environmental Stewardship: We support the next generation of environmental stewards by funding academic scholarships at Anzar High School and University of California Santa Cruz.
- Local Organic Outreach: Our outreach program delivers farm-fresh organic produce to local schools. The program has been so successful that we’ve expanded it to one of our local hospitals, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. We’ve helped students at Anzar High School start a student-managed organic garden, and through our Farm Stand we've also set up an organic school lunch program in cooperation with All Saints' Day School in Carmel Valley, CA.
- Community Support: Being good neighbors means taking an active role in community activities by supporting charitable organizations, school fundraising events, service clubs, and local food banks throughout the year with financial and product donations to their fundraising efforts.
- Earthbound Farm Scholarships: Every achievement at Earthbound Farm is made possible through the hard work and dedication of our employees — some have been with us since the earliest days of our company. To honor our employees, we award two renewable scholarships each year to children of employees headed to college or other post-secondary education. It’s a smart investment in the future for all of us.
- Employee Charities: Our employees are proud to support Earthbound Farm’s mission to share the benefits of organic food — and in turn, Earthbound Farm supports our employees’ passions for other causes. Each month we donate to a nonprofit organization nominated by our employees. Here are some of the charitable organizations we've supported over the last year:
The Avon Foundation for Women is working to end breast cancer and domestic violence. This year they're hosting an awareness walk to raise funds for research and to help women, especially those who are low-income and elderly, gain access to the care they need. Earthbound is supporting staffers who are participating in the walk in San Francisco.
Helping Hands of America assists families with everyday medical necessities, whether it's providing gas or transportation to appointments, finding accommodations for family members during out-of-town medical treatments, or even providing wheelchairs. No one is refused, whether the need is big or small.
The need for safe activities and community outlets for young people is critical. Our donation to the King City Recreation Department, serving King City, CA and the South County area, will go toward needed repairs to the pool facilities, where affordable, accessible recreation programs provide opportunities for youth to gain confidence, build self-esteem, increase physical activity and develop good decision-making skills. For many of the aquatic aides and lifeguards, the pool facility is their first job; it’s valuable work experience that teaches responsibility, discipline and good judgment.
Rancho Cielo partners with the Monterey County, CA, community to offer programs and services that inspire troubled and at-risk youth, offering them safe options for learning new skills and gaining self esteem. One of those options is the Drummond Culinary Academy, a charter vocational high school where students get academy-level culinary instruction while earning their high school diploma.
Millennium Charter High School is a new public high school in Salinas, CA based on the arts and technology, offering students in Monterey County an arts-based college prep curriculum, with rigorous academics and exciting new ways of project-based learning. MCHS students will become proficient in the dramatic, visual and digital media arts, while getting a first-class academic education.
Every child deserves to be warm and comfortable as the weather turns cold. The Small Steps program works to provide warm winter coats and shoes for children in San Benito County, California. Children are pre-selected by their teachers, and their siblings are automatically included. Often these gifts are the first new clothes the children have had in a very long time, and it's a joyful process for kids and volunteers alike.
Tatum's Garden is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully inclusive and accessible playground in Salinas, CA. It’s a place where all children can come together, interact and grow through the gift of play. When this playground is completed, children with disabilities will be able to join in and participate in the fun and learning that playgrounds provide.
The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for those affected by the disease; and to reduce the risk of dementia for everyone through the promotion of brain health. Our contribution supports the Northern California chapter's participation in the "Walk to End Alzheimer's," a national event in support of the battle against Alzheimer's disease.
The mission of Changing Gears is to supply affordable cars to people working their way out of poverty. Using a model similar to Habitat for Humanity, they take in donated cars and repair them. Then Changing Gears sells the renewed vehicles to qualified clients at a price well below the value of the car, even offering a no-interest loan. They aim to give a hand up, rather than a handout.
Be the Match works with patients from the start of their search for a life-saving bone marrow transplant, through the post-transplant process and beyond. They strive to ensure that every patient who needs a transplant has access to what they need to overcome their disease, including financial resources and a strong support network.
The King City Future Farmers of America Ag Mechanics Program inspires King City High School students to think about their future — potentially, a future in agriculture. King City is located in the Salinas Valley, and many students have parents who are part of the agricultural business here in the "Salad Bowl of the World." They might even come to work for Earthbound someday, so support for the Ag Mechanics program is an investment in the future of the Salinas Valley.