Farm to Work

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Detailed Description

Farm to Work increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the work environment by providing a weekly opportunity for purchase and delivery of fresh produce from local farmers.

*The Center for Training and Research Translation worked with Farm to Work developers to review the evidence in support of the intervention and develop detailed guidance on how to implement it in practice*

Expected Outcomes

To promote Individual/family and group-level change by modifying the work environment to increase access, availability, purchases, and use of healthy fruits and vegetables from local farms.

  • Increased knowledge of local produce
  • Increased fruits and vegetable consumption
  • Increased access to local produce

Evidence

Emerging bright spot (emerging evidence)

Tags

Farmers, Farm, Workplace, Nutrition, Food

Cost Details

Costs:

The costs outlined below are specific to this Farm to Work program. Depending on the worksite and program specifics, costs will vary.

Program costs included:

  • Website development - $2|600 (plus $1500 for annual maintenance) 
  • Plastic bags for produce (4 boxes of 200, 13 gallon bags) $120 
  • Trade box bin (4, 12.5 gallon recycle bins) $82 
  • Signage $150
  • Advertising and incentive items: -Posters (220, 11x17) - $235 
  • Canvas bags with screen printed logo (580) - $4,965 
  • T-shirts (50)|aprons (50)|and table skirts (24) with logo - $2,194
  • Promotional items such as recipe books (20) - $360

Key Steps for Implementation

For more details under each item, please refer to"http://www.centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Templates/TX_FtW_Template.pdf" target=" ">http://www.centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Templates/TX_FtW_Template.pdfand see under "Implementation". 1. Determine program feasibility* The first step in establishing a Farm to Work program is determining its feasibility 2. Determine interest level of employees 3. Identify an Internal Farm to Work Coordinator 4.Identify an External Farm to Work Coordinator 5. Find the farmer or group of farmers to supply produce 6. Identify a distribution site 7. Get approvals both to implement the program and to address liability issues/concerns 8. Establish an external ordering/payment system 9.Determine a communication channel 10. Raise awareness and market the program 11. Launch the program! For more details, visit"http://www.centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Templates/TX_FtW_Template.pdf" target=" ">http://www.centertrt.org/content/docs/Intervention_Documents/Intervention_Templates/TX_FtW_Template.pdf

Partnerships

Local farms!

Required Staffing (FTEs)

1. An Internal Farm to Work Coordinator 2. An External Farm to Work Coordinator

Clipboards, plastic bags, trade box bin at each site, posters, canvas bags, T-shirts, aprons, and table skirts, signage

Training

External coordinator provides training to farmers in customer satisfaction and to worksite coordinator in start-up, promotions, and customer service. External website coordinator provides training to farmers in use of the farmer-administrative section of the website where the farmer can update the basket contents and access the list of orders to fulfill, and also trains the external coordinator in use of administrative section of website to access the list of orders which includes customer order and contact information.

Types of Staff

Internal and external coordinators are needed as well as farmers in the local area who are willing to participate in this program.

Outcome Measures

  • Increased intake of fruit and vegetables
  • Support of local agriculture= support of local economy
  • Access to local produce

Process Measures

Those considering copying this intervention should consider a trial run: Coordinate a mini-delivery to test the program and delivery system. One suggestion is to only promote the first delivery day among those employees who responded to the survey and to limit the number of orders that can be accepted during the first delivery.

Additional Resources

DSHS and the Sustainable Food Center's Farm to Work website: "http://www.farmtowork.org/" target=" ">http://www.farmtowork.org/

Sustainable Food Center's Farm to Work webpage: "http://sustainablefoodcenter.org/programs/farm-direct/farm-to-work" target=" ">http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/farm-direct/work

Sustainable Food Center -"http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/" target=" ">http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/

Website Url

Key Contacts

Nutrition, PA and Obesity Prevention Programm Texas Department of State Health Services MC 1944, Farm Direct Program, Sustainable Food Center

Snapshot

Topic
  • Diet and exercise

Sector
  • Agriculture and food systems

Aims
  • Equitable

  • Population-centered

Time

Fewer than 12 months

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Difficulty

Variable

Cost

Variable

Evidence

Emerging bright spot (emerging evidence)

Influence
  • Community/place

  • Individual/family

Setting
  • Broader community

  • Childcare

  • School

  • Workplace

  • Faith community

ROI

To be determined

Age
  • All ages

Geographic Context
  • Urban/large city

  • Suburban

  • Small town

  • Village

  • Rural

Geographic Unit
  • Region (spanning several counties and/or towns)

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