The goal of the programme is to give people in difficulty the chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables to put food on their family’s table. Under the auspices of this programme, the support is given to the efforts of industrious non-profit organisations to involve and help people in difficulty, who are nevertheless enterprising and active members of their community, to help themselves by doing work that improves their quality of life.
Project competition 2021 is finished, and organizations started to implement the activities.
In 2021, 20 non-profit organizations received the support of the program. These will involve local people in gardening works. 7 projects were supported in Kurzeme, 5 - in Vidzeme, 2 - in Zemgale, 5 - in Latgale, and 1 project that will cover the whole of Latvia. The Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation has awarded grants for these works in the amount of more than 35'000 euros.
Organizations provide seeds, plants, and gardening supplies for both the gardens of families in need and the gardens managed by societies. The planned activities will give both material support and an opportunity to learn new skills - participants will receive advice from specialists and gardening enthusiasts to grow the best possible harvest.
The organizations acknowledge that the projects also have a unifying role, as the children of the participants and their fellow people also involve themselves in the work. In addition, many people plan to donate a part of what is grown to social centers, soup kitchens, or people who cannot take care of themselves. This will allow participants also to give rather than only receive.
In 2020, 12 non-profit organizations received support. They implemented projects in their regions, involving active people in 17 municipalities in Vidzeme, Latgale, Kurzeme, and Zemgale.
Although in the spring the organizations planned to involve 250 households (800 people) in agricultural work, the results have turned out to be more excellent - more than 350 households, covering more than 1250 people, participated in the projects; majority - large families.
5 projects in Kurzeme, 4 projects in Vidzeme, 1 project in Zemgale, and 2 projects in Latgale were supported. Read more about the results in the INFOGRAPHIC "Harvest in 2020".
Also, in the 2019 project competition 12 non-profit organizations received the support. 3 projects in Latgale, 2 projects in Vidzeme, 3 projects in Zemgale and 4 projects in Kurzeme received the support.
Although at the beginning of the year the organizations planned to involve 206 households (800 people) in farming, the results were more impressive. In 2019, 287 households participated in the projects, covering 1 101 persons, including 467 children.
Read more about what has been achieved in 2019 in the "Harvest in 2019" INFOGRAPHIC.
Previously, in 2017, the support was provided to 15 organisations, which distributed seeds, plants and gardening accessories to families in 21 districts that find themselves in difficulty to enable them to do horticultural work to provide food for their family table. 436 families were involved in the gardening work, comprised of 1,581 people, of whom 778 were children.
Under the auspices of the programme, in 2017, on average, each family was responsible for tending 400 square meters of land. Most frequently, families chose to grow potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, onions, beetroot, and cucumbers. In total, in these 21 districts, families grew vegetables weighing a total of 86,000 kilograms.
More detailed information - in the "Harvest in 2017" INFOGRAPHIC.
This programme continues the work done under the “Support for Participating” activity that was part of the “A Piece of Bread” programme (2013-2016). Under the auspices of this activity, a total of 2`500 people took part in a total of 28 projects, growing fruit and vegetables to put on their family’s table or earning additional income to meet their family’s needs. Learn more about examples of successfully implemented projects in the following video stories: