Sustainable Somerset is an initiative designed to reduce the impact of childhood hunger in the community. This is achieved through a series of evidence based smart cooking, child nutrition, and sustainable small agriculture projects.
The Sustainable Somerset program provides:
· Weekly healthy cooking classes for a child and parent duo at locations in Princess Anne and Crisfield
· Support a community garden project in conjunction with the federally funded program Local Foods, Local Places initiatives
· Creation of a harvest market, youth summit community supported fishery, and an agriculture based business incubator facility.
· Support for fishing instruction and sustainability information for youth
· Vegetable gardening and nutrition information in after school programs
· Anti hunger and community outreach event designed to increase awareness of child nutrition programs.
Sustainable Somerset will be rated by the following performance measures:
· Number of participants in the cooking classes and community gardening
· Number of cooking class participants reporting an improved understanding of healthy eating and meal preparation
· Number of community garden participants reporting an improved understanding of vegetable gardening
· Percent of cooking class participants reporting that they plan to cook healthy meals at home
· Percentage of community garden participants reporting that they want to try vegetable gardening at home.