VFFC's Farmacy Project has reached over 1,006 unique individuals in Rutland County since beginning in 2015!
VFFC’s Farmacy Project emphasizes 2 core elements – fresh produce prescriptions for individuals as “medicine” for food related illnesses and that the fresh produce provided to clients be grown exclusively by new and emerging Rutland farmers.
The name Farmacy Project captures the work being done in Rutland by the Vermont Farmers Food Center to address chronic disease. The program successfully links the underserved to the rich, robust healthy world of good food, community programming and education. Program elements grow the concept of FOOD AS MEDICINE:
- Working with medical providers to reach at risk families with health issues impacted by diet;
- Doctors and health care partners providing food prescription;
- Prescription Members receiving 10-12 pounds of fresh produce for 15 deliveries, and monthly throughout the year;
- Clients and their families receiving nutrition and cooking classes supported by community involvement and;
- Having the produce being distributed to Members is grown by local Rutland small and emerging farmers.
Farmacy Project has created and established systems and working relations making the link between farm viability, and public health - weaving together the educational and cultural experiences that community, people centered, place-based programming can provide.
TO SIGN UP FOR THE FIRST TIME OR TO COME BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR FOR YOUR FOOD PRESCRIPTION OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Heidi Lynch, Program Director
Or call 802 342-4219
Also, if you are available to volunteer call too!
VFFC’s Farmacy Project is an innovative collaboration working at the intersection of agriculture, public health, and economic development. The Farmacy Project partners with economically challenged new and emerging local farms, primary health care providers, and educators. VFFC offers an actionable preventative health initiative while involving local youth through summer engagement opportunities connecting community volunteers, farmers, and Farm Share Members as part of the regional food network.
VFFC's Farmacy Members benefit from 10-12lbs of local, nutrient diverse, fresh produce, for 15 weeks during the growing season and monthly for the rest of the year. Farm Shares are supplemented with nutrition and cooking education, community dinners, workshops, and cultural events.