Farm Fresh Foods for Healthy Kids
Innovative Community Supported Agriculture Cost-Offset Intervention to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Strengthen Local Agricultural Economies
The project examines whether subsidizing the cost of Community Support Agriculture (CSAs), integrated with tailored education: (1) increases consumption of fruits and vegetables, (2) substitutes fruits and vegetables for more energy-dense foods, and (3) improves overall diet quality and energy balance, thus helping children maintain healthy body weights. The current knowledge gap by examining how cost-offset CSAs (“CO-CSAs”) contribute to local agricultural economies is also examined. The research includes formative evaluation with farmers who currently have a CO-CSA program in place as well as observation of dietary behaviors among existing CO-CSA consumers. The research also includes economic analysis to evaluate the impact of CO-CSA for farmers and communities. Cornell University is leading the multi-site trial, and partnering institutions include University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Vermont, and Evergreen State College.
Alice Ammerman, DrPH
US Department of Agriculture