Awarded every two years by the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council (CCHRC), the Climate for Freedom Award is presented to a local group or organization that works to foster a climate of freedom in its work and mission. Gaining Ground’s mission is simple: “We grow food and give it away to people who need it. For free.” This straightforward approach allows Gaining Ground to focus its energies on what matters most to them: providing high-quality, organic produce to those who cannot otherwise afford it. And they give away everything they grow, with essentially no waste, making them a model for the environment and for a modern day farm working for hunger relief.

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