If you've been to a Community Foodworks farmers market... you know that they don't fit a typical mold. We strive to build diverse spaces, where all different races, ages, income-levels, and backgrounds are equally represented and excited about fresh, local food.
how we approach our work
Food, Community, and Public health represent three key issues related to our operations. We are intently focused on creating opportunities in these three key areas to advance our mission of inclusive healthy food.
Local food access
We operate farmers markets: we want to create market opportunities for local farmers and integrate region's amazing producers into urban centers. And with that idea of inclusivity in mind, help them reach a very interested consumer group that they might have otherwise missed-- low-income neighbors with limited access to fresh food.
Creating an inclusive farmers market at it's most basic means equal quality and service to all. Considering the alternative options in low-income areas, people visit our markets first and foremost because of the beautiful food and amazing customer experience.
We want to everyone who shops at our market to have a positive experience, regardless of what kind of currency they use-- cash, food stamps, WIC checks, Senior vouchers, Produce Plus, FVRx, etc...
In order to help make this high quality food more affordable, we offer Bonus Bucks, where we match food benefits up to $10 for every farmers market visit. After operating the program for 6 years, we know that there's a lot of appreciation and success using these health incentives, and are now trying to test new access models and new forms of incentivizing healthy food.
Creating personal relationships with individuals in the community has become an essential part of some our new programs, like the SNAP CSA. Most importantly, our relationships are what keep people coming back.
We also try to build working relationships with neighboring organizations, so that and we're starting to build a stronger network of the resources available in the neighborhood. This all contributes to making use of public space in a way where all feel welcome and safe.