Program Implementation

Implementing Community Programs

We help partners launch programs and projects that emerge as community priorities. Scroll down to see examples of the work we’ve done and continue to do.

Learning and Evaluation: Community Leader Consultant Program

Over many years of community organizing and leadership development, Healthy Hampshire has supported residents to develop skills in strategic planning, community needs assessment, and program evaluation. Using a consultant-based model, Healthy Hampshire engages community leaders to work collaboratively with CES staff to design and implement a participatory community needs assessment for regional partners, community groups, and food policy councils. The community leader consultants can train other residents to conduct community conversations with their neighbors to collect data for their community needs assessment, consult on group process and governance, and create outreach and engagement plans.

image of a van that says Hilltown Mobile Market on it, with three people standing in front presenting it

Mobile Markets

Amherst Mobile Market

Healthy Hampshire supported Many Hands Farm Corps to pilot a mobile farmers market in four Amherst neighborhoods in 2020. Over 170 residents purchased  discounted farm shares that they picked up at the market, many using SNAP and getting reiumbursed through the Healthy Incentives Program. The Amherst Mobile Market is guided by community members through the Amherst Mobile Market Planning Committee, a circle of the Hampshire County Food Policy Council. In 2024, the Amherst Mobile Market launched as an independent nonprofit organization. Check out WCVB’s Chronicle story on the Amherst Mobile Market here, and a Daily Hampshire Gazette article here.

Hilltown Mobile Market

The Hilltown Mobile Market started as an innovative collaboration between Healthy Hampshire, Hilltown Community Development, and the Hilltown Community Health Center to increase the availability of fresh, local, and affordable produce to rural Hilltown residents. The market aggregates fresh Hilltown-grown produce each week from local partner farms and distributes farm shares and additional produce from its colorful “veggie van” from July through October. The program is now run by Hilltown Community Development and has grown into an online food hub and brick-and-mortar location selling produce from 20 local producers (and growing!).

Grow Food Northampton Free Mobile Farmers Markets

In 2018, Healthy Hampshire helped Grow Food Northampton plan and launch a mobile farmers market that visited three affordable housing complexes in Northampton. Throughout the years, the program has evolved under the direction of Grow Food Northampton’s Food Access Advisory Committee. In response to the pandemic, the market transitioned to a completely free produce distribution and has now purchased over $400,000 of produce and other products from over 60 farms, serving 2,200 unique individuals and 850 unique families.

Community and School Gardens

Fort River Community Garden

The Fort River Garden was started by a group of community volunteers and staff from Healthy Hampshire and the Town of Amherst that formed the Fort River Community Garden Circle, which later became a circle of the Hampshire County Food Policy Council. The garden is located at the Fort River Farm Conservation Area, which is owned by the Town of Amherst and managed by the Town of Amherst Conservation Department.

Parsons Village Community Garden

Parsons Village is an Easthampton affordable housing community managed by Way Finders. In 2023, Healthy Hampshire worked with residents living at Parsons Village to plan and build a community garden that is now being managed collectively by Parsons Village residents and Way Finders property managers.

Westhampton Gardens

Healthy Hampshire supported the planning and building of two school gardens at Hampshire Regional High School and Westhampton Elementary School. The gardens are managed by Westhampton residents in collaboration with school staff and students, who help to integrate the gardens and their produce into curriculum and school food service. Collectively, these partners make up the Westhampton Gardens Circle of the Hampshire County Food Policy Council.

Northampton Housing Authority Community Gardens

Healthy Hampshire worked with residents at the Northampton Housing Authority properties of Hampshire Heights and Florence Heights to plan and build community gardens for residents of the complexes. The gardens are now being supported by Grow Food Northampton‘s Food Access Advisory Committee.

Other Food System Programs

Produce for Health in Hampshire County's Food Desert Communities

Healthy Hampshire partners with the UMass Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, the Hilltown Community Health Center, and About Fresh to administer a Produce Prescription Program for clients of the Health Center. Clients who are low-income and who experience or are at risk of developing a chronic disease receive $40 per month for the purchase of fresh produce at participating retailers.

Essential Skills for Starting, Growing and Managing and Food Business

Healthy Hampshire and CISA partnered to put together a food business workshop series to help people who want to learn the fundamentals of food business management. To support those who often face barriers to starting or managing food businesses, the Essential Skills series is free to all and offers translation, interpretation, stipends for participation, and childcare to participants who identify as BIPOC, low-income, or who have limited English proficiency.

Hampshire County Community Food Story Archive

Healthy Hampshire supports the Hampshire County Food Policy Council’s Storytelling Circle to gather, share, and archive stories about food experiences across the region. Through the project called Share Your Story, Change Your Community, community members are trained in storytelling using techniques from oral history, trauma-informed interviewing, and community archives to capture the experiences of people most impacted by food apartheid. The goals of the project are to promote cross-cultural understanding, build relationships, and lift up new narratives about marginalized communities. Nearly 30 long form stories have been audio-recorded and make up the first collection of the Hampshire County Food Story Archive.

Our Partners and Funders

Healthy Hampshire is so grateful for the support and collaboration of our core partners and funders. We believe that we are stronger together and each of these partnerships is crucial to ending health inequities in our communities and beyond.

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