Community Food Networks

CFN's are the latest food resource effort to begin with the goal  to bring persons across communities together to produce, harvest and share in food resources.  Our Backyard Gardens and Community Food Network (CFN) is a GO Green Initiative to provide direct food resources to families. 

 What is a CFN?

  • Community Food Network, or CFN, is a farming model that directly links small backyard producers with other small backyard producers and small community supported producers.
  • Members support each other by communicating about what they are growing and making their access available to members.  No money is exchanged, each member simply barters food resources in exchange for food resources.

What Can Be Produced?

Spring (Week of May 11- Week of June 1) provides samples of early greens as well as some of the heartier perennial herbs, asparagus, garlic greens, baby lettuces, and spinach, as well as early herb, including sage, chives, and peppermint.  Strawberries, blueberries.

Summer (Week of June 8- Week of October 5) provides warm-weather classics such as tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, onions, cabbage, swiss chard, cucumbers, eggplant, green and purple beans, snap and snow peas, winter squash, okra, bell peppers, and a full range of herbs, including several large ?pesto bunches? of basil throughout the season.  Watermelons, cantaloupe and fruit trees also make appearances.

Fall (Week of October 12- Week of November 2) provides late season peppers, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, rutabaga, and onions, and cold-weather favorites such as hard-shelled squashes like acorn and butternut. With the return of cooler weather, arugula and spinach will become available again.


Become A Volunteer Contributor!

Community Food Networks (CFN)
Volunteer Contributor and 
Editor Positions

"Imagine traveling and knowing where to find local grown foods and products.  That is just one of the things we hope to provide through CFN."

Q1. What is a volunteer contributor and/or editor?

A1.  A volunteer contributor and/or editor is someone who locates persons in their community that offer local grown food products or services and shares this information with CFN by posting it on CFN's blog website.  These are non-paid positions, no salary, no benefits, no wages.

However, you are providing a community service to food growers/producers and consumers, locally and nationally, about fresh food resources in your area and beyond.   

Q2.  Why is this necessary?

A2. Because we want to connect producers, growers and resources as well as consumers, supporters and volunteers with healthy food resources.  We hope that this can connect all of us (throughout the United States) to fresh food opportunities and products no matter where we travel or live!

Q3.  Is there a residency requirement?

A3.  No.  However, we are seeking volunteer contributors and/or editors for the following locations: 

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • California
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • OR  You tell us!!!

Q4.  How/Where do I sign up?

A4.  Email us at: [email protected]

Disclaimer: These are volunteer (none-paid) positions.  Volunteer contributors and/or editors participate at there own risk(s).  CFN or VES is not responsible for any injury or loss related or associated with these positions.  Volunteer contributors and/or editors are under no obligation to participate for any length of time.  All submitted materials (electronic/web postings) become the property of CFN & Vanguard Educational Services (VES).  CFN nor VES does not guarantee any benefit to volunteer contributors or editors nor to persons, entities, organizations or businesses featured on this site or any social networks affiliated with these sites.  All questions or concerns should be forwarded to: Community Food Networks c/o Vanguard Educational Services P.O. Box 52002 Lafayette, LA 70505.