Winter 2022

Northwest Farm Credit: Rural, Real Estate, Operating Loans; Farm Loans; Country Home Loans; Lot Loans; Equipment Financing; Young and Beginning Producers; Crop Insurance; Business Management Education; Property Appraisals

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21 Northwest FCS stewardship giving Spokane Edible Tree Project | Spokane Annually, volunteers with the Spokane Edible Tree Project glean more than 30,000 pounds of quality, locally grown fruit that would otherwise go to waste in Spokane and surrounding counties. The excess supply is shared with people who have limited access to fresh produce through strong partnerships with local charities and food banks. Teaming up with local producers to feed hungry families and reduce food waste. With support from Northwest Farm Credit Services, SETP has expanded their operations by purchasing equipment and strengthening their relationships with local food producers. "I love that we're truly making a difference in our community," says Annie Eberhardt, Gleaning Coordi- nator at SETP. "We're redirecting food waste, bringing attention to local foods and helping to get healthy, nutritious food into the hands of people who really need it. With amazing partners like Catholic Charities' Food for All program, the Northwest and 2nd Harvest food banks, we're able to meet people's needs where they are: low-income residential communities, home shelters, childcare centers, food pantries and meal programs far and wide in Spokane County." Strong support from local producers SETP has built strong relationships with local farmers who are committed to sharing with those in need. During good growing years, some will set aside trees early in the season for volunteers to glean before busy harvest begins. Through SETP's Farmers Market Glean program, started in 2017, local producers are now able to donate food they didn't sell at market. SETP volunteers collect the produce that would normally go

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