An Ideal Model for Nonprofit Community-Based Agriculture: Growing Food Security in Low-Income Communities
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<i>Purpose</i> The purpose of this research is to develop an ideal model for nonprofits to provide community food security in low-income neighborhoods through community-based agriculture programs (CBA). <i>Methods</i> A preliminary model for nonprofit CBA was developed from a review of the literature and research on nonprofit organizations and community-based agriculture. Surveys were sent to 49 experts in the field of CBA and nonprofit CBA; 19 participants returned the survey. With the exception of four sub-issues, the preliminary model was supported by the survey results. <i>Results</i> The preliminary model was amended to exclude a recommendation of including detailed fundraising plans in the bylaws, operating farmers markets, backyard garden installation programs and granting organizations the power of eminent domain over tax delinquent vacant lot owners. <i>Conclusion</i> A model for nonprofit CBA should included the following eight categories: nonprofit legal requirements, volunteer integration and management, marketing, program development, funding, effective collaboration, obstacles to CBA and production and delivery systems.