What they do: Harvest Home Farmer’s Market is a New York City-based, 501(c)3, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to local, farm-fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 1993, our markets create community gathering places that educate the public about health and nutrition, supports regional agriculture and provides job opportunities. Our farmer’s markets are open six days a week during the farmer’s market season.
How they do it: Through farmers’ markets, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition education.
Mission: To provide low-income communities with access to farm fresh local produce and the education to achieve healthier lifestyles.
Latest project/campaign: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) – Healthy Seniors Healthy Shoppers (H2S2). The goal of Healthy Senior Healthy Shoppers is to improve the nutrition of seniors that are underserved by nutrition incentives. Eligible seniors who are $60+, have an active SNAP account and receive no more than $200/mo. in SNAP benefits can receive 2 Health Bucks (equivalent to $4) to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables EXCLUSIVELY at Harvest Home markets.
Major Funding: USDA Food and Nutrition Service and Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive programs, NYC Council Discretionary grants, EmblemHealth, The Hyde & Watson Foundation, Laurie Tisch Illumination Fund, Morgan Stanley, Morrison & Foerster Foundation, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Annual budget: $730,000
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: We are the second largest nonprofit operating farmers’ markets in in low income communities in the city and possibly the state operating.
Core Programs: Fresh food, farmers’ markets, Eating for Good Health cooking demonstrations and workshops, Play streets programs for children physical activity
Number of staff: 7
Number of volunteers: 10
Markets throughout New York City:
Date started: 1993
Director: Maritza Owens (Chief Executive Officer)
Contact information: (212) 828-3361; [email protected]