Since 2012, we have kept you abreast of the developing Farm Fresh Health Living Program, a partnership funded by Harmony Ridge and the Wake Forest Translational Science Institute. The vision of Farm Fresh is a local food system in which all families in the Piedmont Triad, regardless of their economic means, have equal access to healthy, locally-produced foods.
Many of you have asked how you can participate in this venture. We write you now to update you on recent progress in Farm Fresh that makes it possible for you to play an important role.
What is Farm Fresh?
A program for low income families with children served by local non-profit organizations (e.g., Boys and Girls Club, El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services)
Families receive a CSA box for 16 weeks, participate in 3 cooking classes designed to encourage healthy cooking, and take a tour of Harmony Ridge Farm
Does Farm Fresh really help families?
Yes! Rigorous evaluation shows that families in the Farm Fresh program have a greater variety of fruits and vegetables in their kitchens and consume more of these than comparable families who do not participate
Families offer testimonials, citing the freshness and quality of the food they receive and the excitement of their children in preparing and eating the fruits and vegetables
Who has paid for Farm Fresh?
- In 2012 and 2013, funds came from Wake Forest Translational Science Institute grants and contributions from Harmony Ridge.
What is new with Farm Fresh?
Farm Fresh is growing: from 25 families in 2012, to 75 families in 2013, to an anticipated 100 families in 2014
- Starting in 2014, families now “buy into” Farm Fresh, contributing $5/week for the program. Our evaluations over two years show this is an amount most families can afford and are willing to pay.
How can you play a role?
Make a tax deductible contribution to fund Farm Fresh.(see below)
A contribution of $370 will provide one family with access to the program (breakdown of program expenses), though contributions of any size will help.
How do you make a contribution?
The Farm Fresh Program receives tax-deductible contributions through the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Office of Development, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021. Please make checks payable to “Wake Forest School of Medicine” and indicate “Farm Fresh Healthy Living Program” on the memo line.
We hope you will consider joining us in expanding Farm Fresh. We’ll keep you informed about the program’s progress as we move to a new and larger Farm Fresh Program!