Farmer to Family Program
Connecting low-income families with local produce in Rice County
This summer Tori Ostenso, a student at Carleton College, will be working with Growing Up Healthy on a project to combat food access. Since coming to Carleton, Tori has learned how to grow food, made many connections with local producers, and experienced the bounty of harvest season in Rice County. She wanted to share these local food resources with low-income people and address food access issues from a nutrition education and community-building perspective. She was awarded the Phillips Scholarship to support her pursuit during the summer of 2014. She has been working with Growing Up Healthy, the Carleton Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Rice County Public Health, the Just-Food Co-op, and SEEDs farm to design the Farmer to Family Program. This program seeks to address 3 major barriers of food access — cost, transportation, and nutrition education — by providing local produce for low-income families at a reduced price and providing cooking and nutrition lessons to teach families simple ways to introduce local produce into their meals. Food is such an amazing tool for bringing communities together and connecting people with their surroundings. By connecting these families to their local food shed, this program will help them to foster a stronger sense of belonging in this community as well.
What? A project to overcome the main barriers of food access – cost, transportation, and nutrition education – and bring more fresh, local produce to low-income families in Northfield and Faribault this summer.
How? Weekly mobile market vegetable stands that sell produce from local farmers to low-income families at a reduced price and supplemental nutrition classes and cooking demos to demonstrate why and how to supplement your diet with fresh, local vegetables.
When? Harvest season 2014.
Support the Project! 100% of the money raised will be spent purchasing produce from local farmers and providing it to low-income families in Rice County.
Round up your dollar at the Just Food Co-op during the month of May!
Additional donations can be made out to Growing Up Healthy (1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, MN 55057) or online at http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Growinguphealthy, select “dedicate to” and fill-in “Farmer to Family Project.”