BSHC Violence Prevention Coordinator, Susan Young, assists two previously homeless clients to find healthy, affordable food.
After the recent shooting in Newtown, CT and The Boston Globe’s incredible series 68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope profiling the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, we at Food in the ‘Hood have been thinking about the interelationships between healthy food access, economic development, and violence prevention. Felicity Lawrence of the UK-based Guardian wrote recently about the correlations between nutrition and agressive behavior. ”The pandemic of violence in western societies may be related to what we eat or fail to eat. Junk food may not only be making us sick, but mad and bad too.”
Join us as we explore this issue and the broader context of food and violence in Bowdoin-Geneva.
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The 2012 season was a record-breaking success for the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market. Sales at the market tripled from around $5,000 in 2011 to almost $16,000. Likewise, on average 170 individuals visited the market each week, up from 120 last year. The market’s growth this year, alongside the successes in our other programs (including our Farm to Family subsidized farm share and our small-scale Farm to Store initiative) have led to an overall increase in the value of fresh, locally-produced food distributed in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood from $20,225 in 2011 to $34,195 in 2012, representing an increase of almost 70%. Read the complete end-of-season report here.
Thank you to everyone who came out and shopped this season, and especially to our amazing vendors: City Harvest – Trustees of Reservations, Heavens Harvest Organic Farm, and Cape Cod Fish Share. We couldn’t have done it without your help!
Please join us as we plan for next season and work together to bring affordable, healthy food to Bowdoin Geneva. The Food in the ‘Hood Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30pm at the Bowdoin Street Health Center. Our first meeting of the off-season will be held on November 14th. Hope to see you there!
In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy these wonderful photos of an incredible season at the farmers market. We look forward to seeing you again in June 2013!
Today is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement toward healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Across the country today (and throughout this week), communities are coming together to dedicate themselves to these principles. In Bowdoin Geneva, we’ll be celebrating tomorrow, October 25th with our End-of-Season Bonanza at the farmers market where you can join us in making a community-wide pledge to support good food in the heart of Dorchester. You can also make a personal pledge to “Eat Real”… Continue reading »