Farm to Fork: Cultivating Grassroots Capacity to Transform Food Access

The major purpose of the Farm to Fork: Cultivating Grassroots Capacity to Transform Food Access is to reduce nutrition-related health risks and disparities in an inner city, African-American, Milwaukee neighborhood.


Center for Healthy Communities & Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Urban Open Space Foundation

Goals of the Program

  • Assess the community’s food system; environmental barriers to food access; and residents’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward food in the Greater Johnson Park area.
  • Develop shared vision for comprehensive Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot program to address one or more segments of the comprehensive Farm to Fork strategy
  • Expand coalition’s capacity through community organizing

Project Period

July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008

Current Activities

  • Determine baseline data needs and gaps in current assessment efforts
  • Identify community food assessment tools and work with residents to tailor assessment tools to local needs
  • Train youth/adult residents to conduct neighborhood food assessment

Future Plans

  • Prepare and disseminate summary report of community assessment to residents, Coalition partners, and area organizations
  • Analyze food assessment results with residents to identify strengths and gaps in the local food system
  • Work with Coalition partners to identify and plan pilot program that embody the F2F vision and strengthen linkages among resources

Funding Sources

Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program

Contact Information

Linda Meurer



Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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