Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market: The Go Fresh Mobil Farmer’s Market is celebrating its the tenth season of providing fresh, organic, and locally sourced produce to residents living in Springfield. The mobile market operates from July to November of each year. Check out the GFMM Calendar for stops and locations in your neighborhood.
Gardening the Community (GTC): Gardening the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. GTC operates a training program created for youth from around the Mason Square neighborhood and beyond to grow fruits and vegetables on vacant and abandoned lots. Youth receive a stipend and are taught principles of sustainable urban living and urban agriculture. The food that is grown is sold at the Mason Square Farmers Market, Go Fresh Mobile Market, local restaurants, and bodegas (corner stores). Youth also bring food home to their families.
Learn more about GTC here:
Let’s Play: Let’s Play is a bi-monthly fitness activity for neighborhood youth led by Way Finders Resident Health Advocates. We come to a park, which we’ve taken over and taken back, and, with C3 police, we play with our youngsters and engage with families. This is an effort that’s grown over two years, starting with eight children and now we have more than 60 children registered with the program.
Learn more about the Let’s Play Initiative here:
Peer Health Advocates: The MLK Jr. Family Services engage high school students interested in public health, community organizing and civic engagement to advocates for tobacco prevention.
Become an advocate with MLK Jr. Family Services here: