Our farmers markets are outposts for healthy food distribution brought to you right out of the local food shed. This high quality food is grown within 150 miles of Nashville. Farmers and customers alike enjoy fair prices and the knowledge where the food came from and where it went. Families on both sides of the transaction benefit and the impact made in the health of the people and the economy are measurable and dramatic.
When done right, a farmers market is an event worthy of loyal patronage. These events are real-time social networks and (as we said in the day) they are happenings. Good Food for Good People approaches each of our markets with these high expectations and a signature intensity.
Necessity has taught us that there has to be as many models for farmers market as there are places and people to host them. We have evolved from being “Market Masters” (an outdated idea) into Edible Event organizers who thrive on the challenges that diverse situations bring to us. The solutions we are coming up with are practical, sustainable and imbued with a compassionate wisdom that comes with having both failed and succeeded in the past.
As a facilitator of this delicious revolution, Good Food for Good People is both an honored and devoted servant to the vision of a cleaner, fairer and healthier food system. Please enjoy your review of this work and we hope to see you at a market soon.
Healthy Wealthy Wise New Not-For-Profit Partner in SNAP Campaign
Teaching kids to cook local food, making sure senior citizens have access to local produce and helping food stamp customers use their resources to secure healthy food for their families are just a few of the initiatives of a new non-profit organization recently launched by Good Food for Good People.
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise is the new stand-alone, non-profit organization that will take over several programs created by GFGP with the intent to facilitate healthy eating through both access and education.
Launching the non-profit made sense from an accounting stand point as they hope to raise money to fund some of their initiatives, said President Adam Curtis.
But, the bigger mission of the organization will be to get good food into the hands of the most food insecure people in Nashville, including senior citizens, children and low-income families.
Healthy Wealthy and Wise will house at least four programs to start:
The Good Food Institute: This program allows area youth groups to do food-related service projects in the community.
The Carrot Academy: A weekly gardening and cooking class for school-age children.
Double Snap Program: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise is building funding for a program that will match food stamp dollars. The idea is that donors will give money that will be a dollar for dollar match for EBT customers, meaning they will get twice the local, fresh food for their food stamp benefits.
Samaritan Markets: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise will operate two markets at senior citizen facilities, making local, fresh food affordable for seniors on fixed incomes.
“These are the essential parts of a more just and secure food mentality in Middle Tennessee,” Curtis said. “We want to affect the culture and change the way we view food. This is about creating community.”
Raising money for the double snap program is first on Curtis’ agenda. He is looking for donors who would like to make a gift that would allow customers paying with food stamps to get twice the food with their EBT.
To learn more about any of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise programming or to make a donation contact Adam Curtis