Our Nutrition Education team is strongly committed to providing information on local farms, agriculture, and nutrition to a broad range of community members across the state — in schools, libraries, daycares, senior centers, and senior housing. Our programs are hands-on, interactive, and work to provide participants with the information needed to make smart choices about food. Programs also seek to share cultural traditions around food and celebrate the diverse culinary heritage of Rhode Island.
Farm to Senior
Offered at RI senior centers and residences, our Farm to Senior programming pairs local food cooking and sampling with nutrition and food-system education. Seniors gain greater awareness about what’s grown locally and helpful information about how to access and afford fresh, local foods.
This was the last week of senior programming for this round! We will start up again with three new sites in a few months. Thanks to the Providence Healthy Communities Office (HCO) who supported this programming. Even though we finished programming, we will still be seeing our wonderful participants when we deliver the local food they can now order though our Market Mobile wholesale service. All sites also received a credit to continue accessing local food products post-programming.
Shoutout to our seniors at Elmwood Community Center who have been so engaged and so curious over our six weeks with them!
Last week, they wanted to be the teachers and taught us how to make Sancocho, a soup traditional in several Latin American cuisines. They prepped all the ingredients — including locally sourced onions, potatoes, and garlic — and taught us step-by-step…
…with some dancing in-between!
To celebrate the series coming to a close, we scrapbooked a Valentine-themed cookbook to share with all of the participants. Thank you for a great Farm to Senior series!