Youth Farmstands Promote Farm-to-Cafeteria, Food Security & Economic Development in At-Risk Communities The  Seeds to Succ...
First Things First…A Definition <ul><li>Farmstands: Throughout New Jersey, roadside stands pop up during spring, summer an...
Welcome to  Our  Farmstands… Youth  Farmstands!
RCE Youth Farmstand Program <ul><li>A multi-faceted program that’s designed to:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support local farme...
Why Farmstands? <ul><li>Rural-turning-suburban county of 329 square miles with 24 municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>Fastest...
Everyone Benefits <ul><li>Youth:   </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce readiness skills </li></ul><ul><li>“ Work ready” labor pool...
Program Benefits
Our Kids & Our Communities… <ul><li>Seeds to Success  targets 3 at-risk communities in Gloucester County, Southern New Jer...
Outreach, Outreach, Outreach! <ul><li>Seeds to Success  is the largest local youth farmstand initiative in the state, empl...
More Outreach… <ul><li>The agribusiness community benefits by the farmstand purchasing an average of $13,000 in locally pr...
How Farmstands “Work” for Youth? <ul><li>Youth experience owning business  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth as “partners” </li>...
School-Based Education <ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Produce preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Safe food handling  </li>...
Farmstand Training <ul><li>Customer service  </li></ul><ul><li>Cash register operation  </li></ul><ul><li>WIC/senior vouch...
Farmstand Operations <ul><li>Youth make operational decisions  </li></ul><ul><li>Learn-by-doing approach </li></ul><ul><ul...
Summer Enrichment <ul><li>Agriculture & food systems </li></ul><ul><li>Produce identification </li></ul><ul><li>Career pla...
Funding… <ul><li>Over the past 7 years,  Seeds to Success  has been funded  </li></ul><ul><li>through a variety of differe...
 
Need More Information? Luanne Hughes, MS, RD: hughes@njaes.rutgers.edu
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Power Point presentation used by Luanne Hughes of Rutgers Cooperative Extension during the Linking Classrooms and Cafeteria from Elementary to Elders workshop.

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Youth Farmstands Promote Farm-to-Cafeteria, Food Security & Economic Development in At-Risk Communities: The Seeds to Success - The Youth Farmstand Project

  1. 1. Youth Farmstands Promote Farm-to-Cafeteria, Food Security & Economic Development in At-Risk Communities The Seeds to Success Youth Farmstand Project Luanne J. Hughes, MS, RD Family & Community Health Sciences Educator Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County [email_address]
  2. 2. First Things First…A Definition <ul><li>Farmstands: Throughout New Jersey, roadside stands pop up during spring, summer and autumn. </li></ul><ul><li>Farmstands vary significantly…from more </li></ul><ul><li>“ sophisticated” stands </li></ul><ul><li>like this to mere tables </li></ul><ul><li>with umbrellas! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Welcome to Our Farmstands… Youth Farmstands!
  4. 4. RCE Youth Farmstand Program <ul><li>A multi-faceted program that’s designed to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support local farmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase work readiness & life skills in at-risk youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build food security and healthier, stronger communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We’re not just a youth employment program! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Farmstands? <ul><li>Rural-turning-suburban county of 329 square miles with 24 municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>Fastest growing county in NJ </li></ul><ul><li>Fastest growing municipality on the east coast </li></ul><ul><li>160+ farms totaling more than 11,500 acres in farmland preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture is an $850 million industry. </li></ul>The contrasts in our county afford great opportunity….
  6. 6. Everyone Benefits <ul><li>Youth: </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce readiness skills </li></ul><ul><li>“ Work ready” labor pool for entry level jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of agriculture & food systems </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition and food safety education </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of employment pathways in agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Communities: </li></ul><ul><li>• Affordable, quality produce in convenient locations </li></ul><ul><li>• Food stamps (SNAP) accepted </li></ul><ul><li>FMNP vouchers accepted (WIC & Seniors) </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Local Farmers: </li></ul><ul><li>• New markets </li></ul><ul><li>• Market research </li></ul><ul><li>• Pool of future employees </li></ul>
  7. 7. Program Benefits
  8. 8. Our Kids & Our Communities… <ul><li>Seeds to Success targets 3 at-risk communities in Gloucester County, Southern New Jersey </li></ul><ul><li>Glassboro, Paulsboro, Woodbury: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 3 communities where food stamp recipients reside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>≥ 50% residents at or below poverty level </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth partners are all special needs youth </li></ul>
  9. 9. Outreach, Outreach, Outreach! <ul><li>Seeds to Success is the largest local youth farmstand initiative in the state, employing up to 50 youth, 6 supervisors and 3 managers annually at 3 locations in Gloucester County, NJ. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants receive hourly salaries </li></ul><ul><li>(minimum wage+) and participate </li></ul><ul><li>in profit sharing at season’s end. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeds to Success is a collaborative effort between RCE and representatives from 70+ </li></ul><ul><li>community groups, agencies, </li></ul><ul><li>municipalities and school districts. </li></ul>
  10. 10. More Outreach… <ul><li>The agribusiness community benefits by the farmstand purchasing an average of $13,000 in locally produced goods each year, which are purchased by residents in 3 at-risk communities. </li></ul><ul><li>15-20% of annual sales are attributed to consumers who redeem FMNP produce vouchers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How Farmstands “Work” for Youth? <ul><li>Youth experience owning business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth as “partners” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervisors as “instructors” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth paid hourly wage & share profits </li></ul><ul><li>Educational components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School-based education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmstand training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmstand operations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer enrichment </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. School-Based Education <ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Produce preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Safe food handling </li></ul><ul><li>Produce identification </li></ul><ul><li>Business math </li></ul><ul><li>Banking procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Character education </li></ul>
  13. 13. Farmstand Training <ul><li>Customer service </li></ul><ul><li>Cash register operation </li></ul><ul><li>WIC/senior vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>Weights & measures </li></ul><ul><li>Banking procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Farmstand safety </li></ul><ul><li>Purchasing & inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Produce identification </li></ul><ul><li>Produce preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace expectations </li></ul>
  14. 14. Farmstand Operations <ul><li>Youth make operational decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Learn-by-doing approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchasing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pricing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer service </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Summer Enrichment <ul><li>Agriculture & food systems </li></ul><ul><li>Produce identification </li></ul><ul><li>Career planning </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Goal-setting </li></ul><ul><li>Decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Resume writing </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Field trips </li></ul>
  16. 16. Funding… <ul><li>Over the past 7 years, Seeds to Success has been funded </li></ul><ul><li>through a variety of different mechanisms: </li></ul><ul><li>USDA CYFAR (Children, Youth and Families At Risk) New Communities Project 5-year renewable grant </li></ul><ul><li>Valero Benefit for Children grant </li></ul><ul><li>NJDA “Jersey Fresh” grants </li></ul><ul><li>Glassboro Neighborhood Preservation Funding Program </li></ul><ul><li>Glassboro School District </li></ul><ul><li>County of Gloucester </li></ul>
  17. 18. Need More Information? Luanne Hughes, MS, RD: hughes@njaes.rutgers.edu

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