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Wednesday, April 22 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Promoting Community Wellbeing through Locally Grown Organic Produce and Health Education

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The United States has an alarming increased rate of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. As a nation we spend 86% of our healthcare dollars on treating these chronic diseases and their symptoms. Instead we should start to shift our focus towards prevention through community engagement and health education. Flying Fish CSA is an organic, four season, vegetable farm located on the edge of North Asheville in Weaverville, NC.  This is a small family business that provides locally grown produce with the help of community volunteers. They believe whole-heartedly that as more Asheville residents eat locally, they will improve their health and strengthen the community a whole. This local farm was in dire need for new marketing and to be able to provide education on the importance of eating fresh organic produce as well as the health benefits of a primarily plant based diet. For this public service project I worked with Seth Salmon, the owner of Flying Fish CSA, to find ways to get connected in the community and provide educational resources which would benefit his farm as well as the community. We decided to create marketing materials that educate and inform the public on the health benefits of purchasing locally grown organic vegetables. We also wanted to create an opportunity for people in the community to get hands on experience working on the farm. I led a group of volunteers on a project to convert a shed into a tiny house for seasonal interns to get an insightful experience while living on the farm. This project taught me the skills necessary to better communicate health information to the public and to create a sustainable opportunity for future volunteers and interns to learn, grow, and thrive through community agriculture.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 8:30am - 10:30am PDT
Wilma Sherrill Center Concourse