Edible Education for Healthy Families

Everyone’s Harvest markets inspire healthy food preparation and encourage families to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables through Edible Education for Healthy Families (Edible Ed). This program’s goal is to help families discover the joy of preparing healthy meals at home. With community presentations and the farmers’ market kitchen, EH leads youth and parents working alongside a professional chef. So far, Everyone’s Harvest has conducted more than 120 healthy interactive cooking workshops involving over 1,500 family members. Fully 96% of the participants report increased confidence in preparing healthy dishes at home and 84% plan to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables as a result of these healthy cooking workshops.

Edible Education Workshops at our Certified Farmers’ Markets

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What makes Everyone’s Harvest workshops unique is that all participants play a role in preparing the meal. Each participant receives a $10 produce voucher to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market to encourage healthy eating at home. “Because of Everyone’s Harvest, my children and I shop together and eat vegetables we didn’t even know were edible!” reported Nancy Castellanos, Marina resident, mother of four.

This work is important because studies show that the majority of families need support to incorporate healthy, easy-to-prepare home meals into their diets. The USDA reports, “food away from home as a share of household food expenditures has risen steadily since 1970, reaching its highest level of 43.1 percent in 2012”. Frequent fast-food consumption, for example, is associated with higher caloric and fat intake and lower intake of nutrients. This is a major contributor to the rise of obesity and chronic diet-related disease. The U.S. Surgeon General states: Our nation’s biggest health problem is obesity and its diet related diseases. It’s the fastest-growing cause of disease and death in America. And it’s completely preventable.

A big thank you to our program funders: The Nancy Buck Ransom FoundationUnited States Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program and Monterey County Gives!