Ferguson, MO, June 15, 2017 – Ferguson residents and Market goers can now catch a free ride on the Jolly Trolley to get their farm-fresh fix at the Ferguson Farmers Market and to take a tour of EarthDance Organic Farm School. EarthDance will be selling certified organic produce at the market from 8am-12pm and offering free tours of the farm from 11am-12pm every Saturday, May-October. The Jolly Trolley pick-up and drop off is available at several stops along West Florissant Avenue as well, designed especially for residents with limited access to transportation and fresh food.
This partnership is part of an initiative to increase awareness and attendance of the Ferguson Farmers Market, in order to increase access to healthy food in Ferguson and the surrounding area. Before forming this partnership, EarthDance received a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Food Project Planning grant to conduct a Community Food Assessment (CFA) in EarthDance’s hometown of Ferguson, MO. Completed in 2016, this report assessed how the municipality’s food travels from field to fork, and how that food system is supported or hindered by other factors such as the availability of emergency food providers, food system organizations, economic and business development entities, transportation, institutions and public policy. With the information gathered from the CFA, EarthDance has begun to envision more ways to realize a just, healthy, and economically regenerative food-scape for Ferguson. Moving forward, EarthDance will publish a report of the study’s findings and work under outreach campaigns such as these, made possible by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Missouri Foundation for Health.
By offering free transportation to the Ferguson Farmers Market to Ferguson residents living in food deserts and by offering free farm tours of EarthDance Organic Farm School every Saturday at 11am, EarthDance is actively working to make Ferguson a better place to eat for all!
Call (314) 521-1006 to RSVP and reserve your spot on the trolley or farm tour. To view the complete Jolly Trolley pick-up and drop off schedule, visit www.earthdancefarms.org. Visit www.fergusonfarmersmarket.com to view the calendar of events and live entertainment scheduled for the market.