This fall, a group of young moms from POIC’s Rosemary Anderson High School and POIC’s Transitions Program have gotten a taste of the local farmers market.
SJFM has a community partners program, chaired by Nancy Harkrider, that’s reached out to the young parents of Rosemary Anderson High School and Pathfinder Academy. Nancy and others have organized:
- a field trip to a farm on Sauvey Island
- a tour of the market
- a cooking class hosted by Village Market at New Columbia, and
- an applesauce class offered through the local North Portland Preserve & Serve, and hosted by Swapnplay.
The wildly successful events have drawn altogether a dozen or so young parents and their children, and have been tasty, fun, and educational.
Working with young parents gives the community partners program a chance to influence three generations at once — the young parents and their kids, as well as potentially the “major” parents — and if healthy habits stick, future generations, too.
St. Johns Farmers Market is an independent farmers market (not part of the markets that operates the downtown or North Portland markets) with a board mainly of St. Johns residents.
I really hope the partnership continues and grows! I’d really love to see a community garden that young parents and their kids can work on together.