Lil' Free Farmstand

This past year the Consumer Price Index showed a year over year rise of 11% in the "food at home" category and electricity has doubled.  Our low income neighbors are feeling this squeeze the most as they are already spending a disproportionate amount of their income on basic needs and unfortunately, fresh food is often the first to cut when grocery shopping. 

The good news is that Grow Nashua has built a solution that can help!

How it works

Grow some extras in your home garden

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Or shop at the grocery store or your local farm

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Then leave your veggies at one of our 10 drop spots throughout the city

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And we will share your delicious veggies with families in need

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Too busy?  Click here to donate $5 a week and we'll buy from local farms for you!

What families are saying...

"I love seeing my children pick veggies they love or have never tried and then preparing/eating them with our family."

"I grew up on a farm, yet as an adult I am living in the middle of a city where I can barely afford my rent, let alone fresh produce. The farmstand reminds me of the happier days growing up."

Tengo una niña diabética y estamos tratando de comer más saludables todos para que no se sienta sola en esto.

 

"I have a diabetic girl and we are trying to all eat healthier, so that she does not feel alone in this.".

"The Lil' Free Farmstand matters for us a lot. I changed my life my connection with trash food because I saw the opportunity to have healthy fresh food on table. I lost my job and I decided for me and all my little kids I’m not give up ever love you guys"

"I love that it is close and a wide assortment. The grocery store is expensive and I have an EBT card but not a lot of money on it so now I can use it for the other necessary items like rice, pasta, and meat."

"Thank you for everything. I like going because the volunteers are very nice & happy people serving the community and making a difference."

"It makes a big difference because we are on fixed income and can supplement our groceries which we have to put on a credit card.  Since visiting the stand I have learned to prepare meals that I never imagined making. I Google recipe ideas , add protein & I'm all set. Since visiting the farm stand I have been inspired to educate myself on seasonal produce, how it is grown & ways to incorporate different kinds of produce into our meals . We are truly grateful. TY!"

"Vida mais saudável"

"It is good knowing I can get fresh veggies when I don't always have the money to buy them."

Partners committed to bringing this to our neighborhoods

We are grateful for our Presenting Sponsor, Service Credit Union, for their support and dedication in helping this program thrive in our community, as well as to all our growers/shoppers that give making this possible!    

We couldn't do it without everyone working together and for Dartmouth Hitchcock and the UU Church of Nashua in believing in this program back in 2020 when they helped us launch a pilot version during the pandemic in 2020 that has now become a community staple!

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Neighborhood Participating Partners

Unitarian Universalist Church

NH Gleaners

United Way of Greater Nashua

Presbytarian Church Nashua

Dartmouth Hitchcock

Hundreds of Lil' Veggie Givers

Crossway Christian Church

Lavoie's Farm

Lull Farm

Arlington Street Community Center

The First Church Nashua

Hillsborough County Conservation Immaculate Conception

Fresh Start Farms 

ORIS: Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

Kimball Fruit Farm

Greater Nashua Food Council

Nashua Garden Club

Congregational Church of Amherst

Too busy?  Click here to donate $5 a week and we'll buy from local farms for you!