Kids & Family Outreach
Tabling by volunteers
We take our dual mission seriously, which calls for us to "Inspire at-risk children and families to make healthier food choices, increasing their access to fresh, local food and teaching them to live more sustainably."
We do that in a variety of ways including conducting outreach for children and their families. We will table at area community events, festivals, street fairs and the like. Our mascots, Farmer Andy & Andrea, is also a project that is growing and we project it to be a great resource to help meet our mission once funding is secured.
We also provide nutritional literature, fresh veggies (if possible) and a visit to our new Truck Farm Trailer.
The Truck Farm Trailer Project
The Truck Farm Trailer is a a traveling, edible garden-on-wheels that teaches young children the job of growing food. It gives them a hands-on look at the source of the food that fuels their growing bodies and minds.
Truck Farm is a national urban agriculture project started by Ian Cheney, the Peabody Award-winning co-creator of the 2007 film “King Corn.” (www.truckfarm.org) Truck Farm, which started as a single 1986 Dodge pickup with a mini-farm planted in the truck bed, has turned into a fleet of mobile gardens all across the United States. The Huffington Post called it “the coolest urban agriculture project around”
Gemma’s Angels Truck Farm Trailer can visit youth groups, camps, schools, etc. to deliver interactive and educational lessons about the benefits of nutritious produce. It's all designed to engage young people in healthy eating and to teach sustainability.
The Farmer Andy & Andrea 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 includes:
- Printing and distributing materials (pamphlets, flyers and handouts) for at-risk children and their families on the advantages of eating fresh fruits and vegetables
- Having kids sign a “Pledge” card that asks them to eat five fruits and vegetables a day
- 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
- We distribute “Andy the Farmer” stickers, bookmarks, pencils and other similar items to kids attending community events, health fairs and at school and class functions.
- Our hope is to seek funding for a Farmer Andy/Andrea mascot who 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.