On a sunny spring Saturday in 2015 in Zebulon, NC, its Community Center became the town’s very first open air market connecting local farmers and residents. The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market operates each Saturday thanks to the persistence and collective efforts of town officials, recreation staffers, farmers, and community members. John Rex Endowment provided crucial […]
Each year when the weather warms up, I think back to an afternoon when my family picked blackberries by a road’s edge. I remember thorn pricks, bee stings and the pinging sound the berries made in our metal bowls as we plucked them from the brambles. Later, we turned the berries into jam that we […]
Advocates across many disciplines and with differing viewpoints agree that our food system is broken. But with pervasive problems in every link of that system, there is less agreement about how to fix it, or even what the biggest problem is. Here are just a few of the most common complaints: “Farming is not profitable […]
In Oakland, CA, pilot testing and scaling (to 22) of weekly, school-based produce markets in food desert neighborhoods helped to inform and support a larger systems change both within the public schools and the community.
The HKHC partnership in Cuba, New Mexico addressed social and cultural factors as they adjusted their approach to developing a mobile farmers’ market for the Navajo community.
This document offers a range of insights that challenge business as usual, and explores lessons learned about investing in healthy community change to help funders of all sizes leverage their investments, achieve their goals and sustain their results.
Kane County, IL branded its integrated suite of health-oriented long range plans “Quality of Kane”, and used terms such as “promise”, “prosperity”, “quality of life” and “for everyone”.
These case studies summarize the Fit Community initiative, an innovative program that helped generate changes in policies and environments in municipalities and counties across North Carolina between 2006 and 2012.