A Community Engagement Case Study of the Somerville Mobile Farmers' Market

  • Erica Satin-Hernandez Shape Up Somerville
  • Lisa Robinson Shape Up Somerville
Keywords: Food Access, Food Security, Food System, Farmers' Market, Mobile Farmers' Market, Equity, Community Engagement, Justice, Health

Abstract

The Somerville Mobile Farmers' Market, a food access initiative in Somerville, Massachusetts, is an example of community-municipality collaboration and a testament to the importance of community engagement, justice, and respect in the creation of a culturally relevant program. Traditional farmers' markets have been exclusive spaces catering to the white and elite, but through a community engagement process, The Somerville Mobile Farmers' Market has come to represent the immigrant-rich community in Somerville and increase food access in a culturally appropriate way.

Author Biographies

Erica Satin-Hernandez, Shape Up Somerville
Coordinator, Shape Up Somerville, Health and Human Services Department, City of Somerville; 50 Evergreen Avenue; Somerville, Massachusetts 02145 USA; +1-617-625-6600 x4321.
Lisa Robinson, Shape Up Somerville
Director, Shape Up Somerville, Health and Human Services Department, City of Somerville; +1-617-625-6600 x4312.
Published
2015-08-21
How to Cite
Satin-Hernandez, E., & Robinson, L. (2015). A Community Engagement Case Study of the Somerville Mobile Farmers’ Market. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4), 95-98. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.054.015