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