Healthy Sprouts Highlight #2: Local Farm Connections

Healthy Sprouts connects young children, their caregivers and families to local farms through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), field trips and outreach. CSA is a business arrangement between families and local farmers in which farmers drop off weekly vegetable subscriptions for families who subscribe during the growing season. Through our program, the vegetable shares are dropped at each family’s child care center. This arrangement makes it easy for families to access fresh, local food right where they pick up their child each day. It also generates new customers for our local farmers. Child care centers also benefit because the CSAs show that they support healthy eating and local foods. Our goal has always been to benefit everyone involved: the families, child care centers and farmers. We also build these relationships through field trips to local farms and the Farmers’ Market. Children and their caregivers have the opportunity to visit either a working farm or farm stand and get to know the farmer, harvest fruits or veggies to take home, go on a scavenger hunt, make crafts and/or interact with farm animals. We also use every possible opportunity to draw awareness to our local farms and the many ways families can access healthy foods from nearby. Most recently, we organized a scavenger hunt at the Downtown Farmers’ Market and 13 families attended. One family had never been to the market before and was excited to learn that they could use their SNAP benefits to purchase food there. Each day we hear stories that demonstrate that these efforts are making a difference in people’s lives. Join us tomorrow for more on family engagement!

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Digging potatoes at Maggie's Farm

Digging potatoes at Maggie's Farm by Healthy Sprouts

Farmer Jess

Farmer Jess by Healthy Sprouts

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