Quick History:

In 2011, a group of Emory students performed a food needs assessment including a survey about community desire for a market. From the positive responses and support from the students, from Global Growers Network, and the Dekalb Board of Health, a a Growing Clarkston event in July of 2011 was held. Following that, the DBOH provided a grant for us to open the market on a monthly basis in 2012. Our goal was to focus on local growers, serve prepared foods from local food trucks, entertainment from Bhutanese Artists, local children, and performers. In its second year (2013) the CFM was granted a USDA grant that allowed us to go weekly. This 2014 season, we are in our 3rd year of the Clarkston Farmers Market, with regular produce vendors, prepared food vendors, and craft vendors.

 

1911783_1472940949588860_1050569633_nMarket Manager: Adelaide Taylor

Adelaide graduated in May 2014 from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor Degree in Global Health, Culture, and Society. She became passionate about the local food movement early in my undergraduate career. Since then, her interest in sustainable and ethical food, food security, and empowering the local food movement flourished.  She strongly believes that the inseparable link between the health of specific populations and the wealth of their social determinants, such as access to food and adequate nutrition, must be concentrated on.  She is now collaborating with the people of the Clarkston community and to work toward a greater good—the greater good of food.

Favorite Quote:Eaters, that is, must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used…one reason to eat responsibly is to live free”.

Marketing and Outreach Intern: Nancy Larson

Nancy Larson is a current senior at Emory University finishing her major in Anthropology and Human Biology this December. She is a member of the varsity swim team at Emory and health and nutrition have always been important to her. Currently she holds the position of Healthy Eating Partner Supervisor at Emory. The Healthy Eating Partners program aims at helping underclassmen make healthy and sustainable food choices in their transition to college dining. In addition, she also hold the position of Vice President of Emory’s premiere holistic health promotional group, Second Nature.  She views local business and farming as extremely important to not only the economy, but also building the physical and social health of the community.

moiCommunity Resource Manager: Aliyah Frazier

Aliyah serves as Community Resource Manager for the Clarkston Community Center. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a background in education and community engagement. Aliyah helps to facilitate programming under the umbrella of the CCC Food Security Initiative. These programs include the Cares 4 Clarkston Food Pantry, CCC Food Co-op, the CFM and the Nutrition Education Program. The Food Security Initiative provides access to food through a broad spectrum of programs. The intiative aims to build a thriving local food economy and provide access to healthy food for all residents. Aliyah is passionate about community empowerment and is dedicated to supporting local food systems.

Partnership: Wholesome Wave of Georgia

WWG aims to improve healthy food access by stretching your food stamp dollars and help reduce some of the struggle in budgeting out fresh produce. Wholesome Wave of Georgia (WWG) is the only statewide chapter of the National Wholesome Wave program. WWG was founded in 2009 with only three partner markets and it is 100% privately funded. Since then it has grown to 21 markets in 14 cities, including the Clarkston Farmers Market. As a part of WWG, the value of federal and state nutrition benefits (SNAP) are doubled at farmers markets, farm stands, and mobile markets. This means that $1.00 in EBT/WIC benefits gets you $2.00 worth of food and translates to $2.00 for your local farmers as well. As you can see, the farmers and vendors as well as the customers benefit from the WWG double value coupon program.