Grow It Forward, in partnership with UW Extension Food WIse and First Presbyterian Church, will teach 75-100 food insecure families the ease and affordability of growing their own microgreens. Families will first taste microgreens as a part of a salad prepared during the free community dinner at First Presbyterian Church. Afterwards, families will participate in the educational demonstration portion of the dinner event. Moreover, if families feel that growing their own microgreens is not feasible, Grow It Forward will bring along their Farmers Market EBT FoodShare and Double Bucks program materials to allow families to use their FoodShare cards (formerly food stamps) to purchase microgreens at 1/2 price and also explain how they can utilize this program at the farmers market to save their families money while eating healthier.
72% of Manitowoc county is overweight, 42% are obese. Learning the skill of growing your food ensures not only sustainability of the food movement as a whole, it empowers families to learn the valuable skill of providing for themselves and improving their overall health.
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