Our truck visited 13 stops every week, serving thousands of community members in two counties. We continued our SNAP match program and redeemed almost 500 senior vouchers. All of the produce came from local farms within 55 miles!
Lincoln Meadow farm expanded as we put the lower bench into production. Our urban apple orchard received its first 430 trees this spring and Farm 18 continued to thrive. Combined, our sites produced over 30,000 pounds of food.
CSA & Farmacy
Our CSA program grew by 40% to 106 members in 2017. In October, we launched our first ever Harvest CSA. We also expanded the Farmacy program with Wheeling Health Right, filling fresh food “prescriptions” for 45 patients suffering from diet-related diseases.
This is an exciting collaboration between Northwood Health Systems and Grow Ohio Valley. Over the course of 26 weeks, clients learned new skill sets and built community relationships while operating a small-scale composting worm farm.
This fall, we hosted a Harvest Festival in partnership with Sandscrest. Over 2,000 community members came out to explore the farm, pick pumpkins, and enjoy other fall activities. We hope to make this family-friendly festival into an annual event.
Sprout Ohio Valley
This new program provided free educational activities at the East Wheeling Market and every participating child received $2 in tokens to buy produce. The Sprout team and Mobile Market truck also traveled to 8 local elementary schools for "reverse" field trips!
Garden in Every School
Throughout the year, Steenrod ES students enjoyed workdays with our education team. We also installed a learning garden at Bridge Street MS. We look forward to building Triadelphia MS's learning garden and Madison ES's sensory garden and expanding into Brooke County next spring.
And Lots More
A few other highlights from this year include the launch of our Public Market project, a record 7 Food Justice Immersion Trips from colleges around the country, and the reprisal of our free cooking classes at WV Northern Community College.
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