Local 20/20 is a volunteer coalition that aims to promote sustainability, self-reliance, and community well-being in eastern Jefferson County, Washington. Since 2006, the organization, which describes itself as an adhocracy, identifies community needs and existing assets, and organizes into action groups accordingly. The Food Resiliency Action Group has created 15 community gardens and encourages the donation of produce from home gardens to community food banks.
Additionally, in the Local 20/20’s Food Resiliency Action Group’s gleaning project, the Quimper Community Harvest, volunteers and owners of gardens and fruit trees work together to pick extra fruits and vegetables from trees and gardens; in the last four years, the group has delivered over 27,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables. The group has also planted a fruit tree orchard at a local middle school.
Local 20/20 is a transition initiative, which means that it works to improve community resilience through economic self-reliance and environmental stewardship. The group provides information, but it also provides a concrete way for people to become and stay involved, providing another example of food production and community effort going hand-in-hand.