Traci Barkley & Clay Yapp
“It was always something that was just so neat, such a vision: to take farmland, build a community building effort like a CSA farm, with the support of a congregation and with the mission of helping those that need good food the most.” TRaci Barkely
Started by St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Sola Gratia Farm was established in 2012 to continue the church’s tradition of giving help to those suffering from hunger, particularly in its own community. Clay Yapp was the farm’s production manager for 2014-2015 and was responsible for implementing sustainable systems that have allowed for increased harvests and donations. During the same time period, Barkley was the Program Coordinator and in addition to helping Yapp with the farming, was responsible for the fundraising, marketing, outreach and education as well as community relations.
Between 20 and 40% of the farm’s produce is donated each year to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank as well as the TIMES men's homeless shelter, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and Courage Connection's women shelters. Shares of the produce are also available for the public through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Sola Gratia Farm also sells produce at Urbana’s Market at the Square, The Land Connection's Champaign Market, and Common Ground Food Co-op.
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