THE FOOD LITERACY PROJECT
The Food Literacy Project offers the only farm-based food education program available to the Louisville community. While other organizations work towards improved health through nutrition education, our Field-to-Fork Program model is distinctive in its use of experiential education to directly connect youth and families with fresh food, the people who grow it, the land and each other. Ultimately, our efforts improve community health and quality of life. The comprehensive and interconnected approach of our Field-to-Fork Program allows FLP to reach youth of multiple age groups while providing continuing opportunities for young people to participate and deepen their relationship with healthful foods.
For example, a student starts participation in our program in grades K-2 with a single field study at the farm; in grade 3 or 4 the student participates in a multiple-visit farm-based education experience; in 4th-8th grade the student can stay involved through a Field-to-Fork Afterschool Club; as a teen the student can be hired to participate in FLP’s summer Youth Community Agriculture Program. Our family and community engagement efforts provide further opportunities for youth and families to sustain and deepen relationships with fresh foods. Without FLP’s service to the Louisville community, diet-related disease rates will continue to rise steadily and youth will continue to suffer a growing disconnection from the natural world. Young people will not have access to farm-based education where they can learn the skills necessary to become leaders in their community and advocates for improving access to healthful foods for their families, neighbors and themselves.
Without FLP’s Field-to-Fork program, young people will not have the opportunity to develop positive experiences with fresh foods that will enable them to make healthful food choices when faced with the temptation and convenience of fast, processed foods. Families in many low-income Louisville neighborhoods will continue to turn to fast food drive-through windows to meet their food needs, and home-cooked family meals will remain the exception rather than the norm. School gardens might be constructed, but without support from the Food Literacy Project, they likely will remain unused by educators who do not have the time or knowledge necessary to incorporate outdoor education into their curriculum. Without the innovative work of the Food Literacy Project, obesity rates in Kentucky will continue to skyrocket among adults and children. If current trends continue young people’s health will continue to diminish, and 1 in 3 children born after 2000 will develop diabetes.
For more information regarding The Food Literacy Project, please visit their website at: http://www.foodliteracyproject.org/