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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Farmers markets are a key part of the impact parks and
recreation has on community health and well-being.
Farmers Markets Play a Key
Role in Resiliency Efforts
By Maureen Neumann
T
he partnership between local parks and recreation and farmers markets
is a natural one that supports both entities as stewards of the land and
connects community members to health and well-being opportunities.
Over the years, we've seen an increase in park and recreation agencies
hosting farmers markets themselves or entering into a shared-use agreement with
a local market to support access to local agriculture opportunities. But how does
hosting a weekly market support broad conservation efforts?
Often, markets located on parkland
are in central, walkable locations.
This creates more equitable
access to the market and reduces
transportation burdens, like fuel use
and emissions. Additionally, these
markets promote the advancement
of emerging farmers who diversify
the agriculture business, increase
product variety, and understand the
role of health food in their community
and the importance of responsible
land-use techniques.
The collaboration of markets
and parks and recreation also can
serve a responsive role. When
months of rainfall depleted local
crops in Arkansas City, Kansas, in
2019, the Arkansas City Recreation
Commission continued to host its
weekly market. Although a limited
number of produce growers could
sell at the market, the weekly activity
provided a chance for people to support
the agriculture community while
still enjoying the social connections
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the market provided. The recreation
commission provided evening meals
through the
federal
child nutrition
Summer Food Service Program with
complimentary
entertainment,
like
scavenger hunts and live music. All of
this led to sustained market attendance,
something that supported local
growers as they returned throughout
the season following the devastating
impacts of local flooding.
As a direct result of the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic, the
Arkansas City Recreation Commission
and Tunica (Mississippi) Parks
Board, both key players in their local
agriculture and farmers market systems,
saw their communities face
local economic hardships, resulting
in limited meal programs, limited
income for community members to
purchase healthy foods, and barriers
to accessing those foods, such as limited
transportation options. Arkansas
City distributed evening meals
to children during market hours and
introduced Supplemental Nutrition

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