Years in operation: 3
Annual revenue: < 10k
(Average over last three years)
Bill Zimmer's Food Bank Farm is a 3 acre operation located 15 minutes outside of Penn State University's campus. What started with one mans post-retirement garden, revolutionized our communities food systems by involving Penn State student volunteers and community members to produce the fresh fruits and veggies that were so desperately needed by the food banks of Centre County.
Inside the Farm
How is your approach to farming different than other farms in the same category?
Here at the Food Bank Farm, we aren't growing to make a profit, were simply growing wholesome food to enrich our community:) Farm owner Bill Zimmer enjoys describing the operation as "Growing for a purpose."
How does your different approach contribute to a long-term profitable growth strategy for your farm and other small farms like yours?
The Food Bank Farm started as Bill's personal garden. One harvest he brought some extra potatoes in to the local food bank and saw the need for fresh food. Since that encounter, we have expanded to provide thousands of pounds of produce to multiple food banks in our area. This operation has created connections within the community that had never before been foraged. By doing so the Centre County region has made great strides in addressing food insecurity issues.
How would you specifically use a Mortgage Lifter Lift or Mini Lift?
The Mortgage Lifter Lift or Mini Lift would be used to expand production and enhance distribution processes amongst the food banks in Centre County. Distribution has been an issue for smaller townships and due to their smaller population sizes they often do not receive the funding or donations to serve their participants with the quality nutrition they need.
Please share why you are so passionate about your farm and/or farming in general.
This farm is my heart and soul. Every hour spent picking weeds, pruning tomatoes or hulling compost means so much more than just growing food. It means that a young child may have the accessibility to eat some of the nutrients needed to grow up healthy. It gives the community a place to collaborate and do good to help everyone around them. There is not a day that goes by where I am not astounded by the generosity and drive of Bill Zimmer. I would love to be able to assure him that these operations will continue to flourish-- thanks for taking the time to read this!!
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