The VIGA Farm Bucks Program
The Food Access Partnership distributes nearly all of its funding into the Vashon Community in the form of VIGA Farm Bucks.
What are VIGA Farm Bucks? Money to spend on fresh local food.
The Food Access Partnership distributes VIGA Farm Bucks to the Vashon community. VIGA Farm Bucks come in $2 increments and can be used exactly like cash to pay for fresh food. They’re redeemable at the Vashon Farmers Market and at participating farm stands.
What are “eligible foods”? Fresh fruit and vegetables, plant starts, honey, mushrooms, eggs, dairy, seafood & meat. Prepared, ready-to-eat foods (cookies, hot tamales, sandwiches, etc.) are not eligible.
How to Get Started
VIGA Farm Bucks are redeemable at both the Vashon Farmers Market and participating VIGA farm stands! You use them exactly like cash. When you’re ready to pay after selecting your produce, simply hand the VIGA Farm Bucks to the farmer you are supporting. If shopping at one of the “honor system” or unattended farm stands, simply put them in the cash box. VIGA Farm Bucks can be used in combination with all other forms of payment. No change given for VIGA Farm Bucks.
Vashon Farmers are prepared and excited to receive VIGA Farm Bucks.
What can I purchase with VIGA Farm Bucks?
In addition to the items listed below, Farm Bucks can be used to buy plant starts and mushrooms.
How do I receive VIGA Farm Bucks?
The best way to receive VIGA Farm Bucks is through any of our nine local non-profit partners. If you are receiving services from one of these organizations, talk with your case worker or staff member to get started today.
If you are not receiving services from one of these organizations, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help.
The Senior Center
The Community Dinners program
The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH)
Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS)
The DOVE Project
Vashon Community Care Center
The Vashon Maury Community Food Bank
Everyone is welcome to utilize VIGA Farm Bucks to subsidize their food costs. Our mission is to improve food access for all — we encourage you to try VIGA Farm Bucks today!
If you want to learn about your eligibility, feel free to contact us!