The goal of the program 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 program, support is given to the efforts of industrious non-profit organizations 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.
The project competition for 2023 is planned to be announced in the year's first quarter.
Project competitions of the previous years
In 2022, support was provided to 23 non-profit organizations, that want to involve people in difficulty in gardening work, so they can provide food for themselves and their families.
In 2022, 23 Latvian non-profit organizations received support. Active people in their neighborhood were involved in gardening work - 814 households in 22 counties and 4 cities. 7 organizations in Kurzeme, 7 in Vidzeme, 3 in Zemgale, and 5 in Latgale participated in the program. People from the regions of the respective organizations participated in their projects. On the other hand, the Ziedot.lv project covered the whole of Latvia. The Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation awarded grants in the amount of 42,500 euros to these works.
Organizations provided seeds, plants, and gardening supplies for both the gardens of families in need and the gardens managed by societies. The activities gave both material support and an opportunity to learn new skills - participants received advice from specialists and gardening enthusiasts to grow the best possible harvest.
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.
The organizations acknowledge that the projects also have a unifying role, as the children and relatives of the participants also involve themselves in the work. In addition, many donate part of what is grown to social centers, soup kitchens, or people who cannot take care of themselves. Thus, participants have the opportunity to also give rather than receive.
Read more about the results in the INFOGRAPHIC "Harvest in 2022".
In 2021, 20 non-profit organizations received the support of the program. These involved local people in gardening works. 7 projects were supported in Kurzeme, 5 - in Vidzeme, 2 - in Zemgale, 5 - in Latgale, and 1 project that covered 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.
Read more about the results in the INFOGRAPHIC "Harvest in 2021".
In 2020, 12 non-profit organizations received support. They implemented projects in their regions, involving active people in 17 municipalities. 5 projects in Kurzeme, 4 projects in Vidzeme, 1 project in Zemgale, and 2 projects in Latgale were supported. 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; the majority - large families.
Read more about the results in the INFOGRAPHIC "Harvest in 2020".
Also, in the 2019 project competition, 12 non-profit organizations received support. 3 projects in Latgale, 2 projects in Vidzeme, 3 projects in Zemgale, and 4 projects in Kurzeme received 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, support was provided to 15 organizations, 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.
More detailed information - is in the "Harvest in 2017" INFOGRAPHIC.
This program continues the work done under the “Support for Participating” activity that was part of the “A Piece of Bread” program (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: