Science and Health Communication Research Group Partner Creates Guide for Implementing Farmers’ Markets at Community Health Centers
Science and Health Communication Research Group (SHCRG) partner Dr. Darcy Freedman has created a free resource for implementing farmers’ markets at health centers, titled, “Building Farmacies: A Guide for Implementing a Farmers’ Market at a Community Health Center.”
Freedman, an assistant professor in USC’s College of Social Work, works with Family Health Centers (FHC), Inc., a federally qualified health center in Orangeburg, SC, on the Right Choice, Fresh Start (RCFS) Farmers’ Market - a multi-vendor, produce-only farmers’ market that operates at FHC.
The RCFS Farmers’ Market opened in 2011. A documentary highlighting the impact of the market during its first summer of operation was produced through funding from the Science and Health Communication Research Group.
Lessons learned from the RCFS Farmers’ Market are the focus of the manual.
“We describe an approach for developing a health center-based farmers’ market,” said Freedman. “The purpose of the manual is to share our experiences in using a community-engaged approach to develop the RCFS farmers’ market, starting with initial conceptualization and taking you through the process of sustaining a health center-based market.”
Tips for future practice are also included in the manual.
“It is our hope that the manual is useful for community leaders, practitioners, and researchers alike as you develop farmers’ markets,” said Freedman.
If you are interested in obtaining a free copy of the manual, please complete a brief survey at the following link: http://cosw.sc.edu/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=17
The survey will help Family Health Centers, Inc. understand broader interest in farmers’ market as an approach to community, economic, and health development. Once the survey is completed, a copy of the manual (PDF version) will be emailed to you from the following email address: COSWFARM@SC.EDU. If you don’t receive the email within 24 hours, please check your spam folder.
If you are interested in collaborating on future efforts to establish or expand “farmacies” in your community, or would like a DVD of the documentary, please email Dr. Darcy Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.