The Farmer Andy Project
The Farmer Andy Project is an educational program for at-risk children to generate enthusiasm for eating fresh fruits and vegetables and to teach agricultural sustainability. This would include:
- Develop materials and/or locating sources for materials (pamphlets, flyers and handouts) for at-risk children and their families on the advantages of eating fresh fruits and vegetables
- Develop a “Pledge” card that kids could sign that asks them to eat five fruits and vegetables a day
- Design a booth (or work with a professional designer/manufacturer) to be used at various health fairs and family events. The booth would be colorful, fanciful, appealing to children and would include photos of fruits and vegetables
- Work with a costumed character manufacture for the purchase and development of a “Andy the Farmer” character to encourage children to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and develop a market program surrounding said character
- Develop a merchandising/marketing program involving “Andy the Farmer” to include plush, stickers, coloring books, bookmarks, pencils and other similar items that are to be given to children attending community events, health fairs and at school and class functions. We also intend to work with area food banks to have our volunteers and “Farmer Andy” during times when families have their children at those facilities.
- The Farmer Andy mascot will visit/attend community events, summer day camps, health fairs and at school events, etc. and will also escort, when available, our Truck Farm Trailer visits.
- Develop a program for several levels for children (pre-K, K-3 and 4 and up) on nutrition/sustainability/food education curriculum for our future Truck Farm program following the guidelines as set forth at www.TruckFarm.org
If you or your organization/agency or business is interested in becoming involved with this project, please let us know!