A new initiative began to take root early last spring at the Vermont Farmers Food Center. Inspired by an existing program in Richmond, Vermont and conversations at weekly market with farmers, activists and passionate people swapping stories about innovative farming and food ventures, a new project found footing in our community. The program is called the Health Care Share. It is a Farm-to-Patient collaborative initiative working with farmers, doctors, community health teams and local non-profits, to provide access to healthy foods for families and individuals who struggle with food insecurity and chronic health issues affected by diet.
Doctors refer patients and the Health Care Share provides free farm shares of local produce for twelve weeks of the growing season. Participants are supported in creating healthy eating habits through cooking and nutrition classes offered by VFFC, RAFFL and Hunger Free Vermont. Recipes, storage tips and shopping strategies are also provided in weekly newsletters.
Food for the shares is aggregated through a Farmers Network cooperative comprised of local, small scale and beginning farmers; Alchemy Gardens, Breezy Meadows, Homegrown Garden and Yoder Farm. The Health Care Share creates a wholesale market for local farmers and inspires lasting health and lifestyle changes. The Vermont Farmers Food Center in alliance with local and state partners, is thrilled to bring the Health Care Share to Rutland.
For more information about Health Care Shares and volunteer opportunities contact, Heidi Lynch, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 802-342-4219
Thank you for your support! We look forward to growing this initiative together.
Check out the model program run by our partners at The Farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps: http://www.farmatvycc.org/#!health-care-share/cr43