Sustainable Somerset

Program Summary

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.