The Prescott Farmers Market is privileged to host a FoodCorps service member for a fourth year. Elena Greenberg began her year of service with PFM in September 2015 and serves children in local public schools and the community in general.
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps places these leaders in communities for a year of public service where they deliver programs in high-need schools, focusing on hands-on lessons, healthy school meals, and a school-wide culture of health.
Elena partners with Katie Kirkwood, Health Educator with Yavapai County Community Health Services to organize and teach weekly after-school garden classes at Lincoln Elementary and Taylor Hicks Elementary as well as a garden club at Granite Mountain. In after-school garden club, students have the opportunity to plant seeds, maintain garden beds and harvest and eat garden vegetables. Garden club students prepare healthy garden vegetable snacks such as garden hummus wraps and garden mini pizzas, which teach them to learn how to record and read recipes and gain cooking skills such as cutting, grating and juicing. Garden club also explores nutrition: learning about the food groups, the importance of eating breakfast and eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Elena’s main goal with all schools is to teach kids about where food comes from and to allow them to grow up healthy through growing gardens, experiencing nutrition activities and cafeteria taste tests.
PFM is proud be a part of Yavapai Seasonal Harvest, (YSH) acollaborative partnership whose mission is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, promote food literacy, and support local agriculture across Yavapai County. Along with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension-Yavapai County, Yavapai County Community Health Services, FoodCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA, YSH distributes quarterly educational newsletters featuring a local, in-season fruit or vegetable to schools and community sites across the county. YSH also organizes and facilitates taste tests in school cafeterias in conjunction with the featured produce item.
School Garden Grants
From 2010 to 2014, PFM awarded School Garden Grants to local schools to assist in developing an on-campus school garden.
Liberty School, Prescott Valley, 2014
Mountain Oak School, Prescott, 2013
Discovery Gardens, Prescott, 2012
Skyview School, Prescott, 2010, 2011
School Garden Curriculum:
In 2012, the Prescott Farmers Market hired our assistant manager Ali Kopinto to create a school garden curriculum as part of her graduate program studies. She created a K-3 garden curriculum that is part of the school garden grant award.
The Prescott Farmers Market is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. In addition to offering weekly markets in Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley, our mission is to educate the community about the the importance of local food. Please consider donating to support our work.