New Haven Farms will be hosting a fall luminary event at Edgerton Park Carriage House in New Haven on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 5-7 pm. The event will celebrate the conclusion of its first season of the Fresh Produce Prescription Program, which brought at-risk Fair Haven residents together to grow their own organic produce and improve their health.
New Haven Farms 2012 Fresh Produce Prescription Program focused on growing enough vegetables across several city sites to distribute those vegetables equally among 30 Fair Haven families. Families who were within 200% of the poverty level and either at risk for, or diagnosed with, diabetes were referred to the program by Fair Haven Community Health Center clinicians. Over the course of 16 weeks beginning in June and concluding last week, family members came out to grow their own vegetables and learn how to prepare them during cooking demonstrations.
Light Up the Farm will celebrate the momentous achievements of the program and pay tribute to its all-volunteer staff with local libations, light fare, music and both a live and a silent auction. New Haven Farms will also honor key contributors without whom the growing season could not have been achieved. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for two, in advance of the event, or $35 at the door, and can be purchased at www.newhavenfarms.org.
NEW HAVEN FARMS, INC is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that promotes health and community development through urban agriculture. Founded in 2010 and based in New Haven, CT, New Haven Farms works in partnership with the Fair Haven Community Health Center to distribute produce to those at risk for chronic disease who are within 200% of the poverty level.