Food Moxie Programs
FOOD MOXIE empowers children, youth, and families with the values and knowledge to be healthy, strong, and informed through experiential activities focused on urban agriculture, nutrition, and the cooperative economy. Our farm and nutrition education programs define our work and focus on sustainable urban farming, promoting the value of locally produced food grown without pesticides and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
Our growing space at Stenton Family Manor was established in 2009 to improve the nutritional value of meals for residents by growing fresh produce for the kitchen, as well as to provide a safe space where young residents could take part in structured gardening and nutrition activities in Garden Club. In order to have a deeper and more lasting impact on families, programming has expanded to include Hope Kitchen, a culinary program providing practical guidance for how to eat healthy while on a budget. The curriculum focuses on eating fresh & seasonal foods, nutrition, developing healthy eating habits, and foundational cooking skills while engaging parents and caregivers in the process of preparing and enjoying healthy meals together. We also provide Fresh Start kits to graduates of the culinary program as they transition from Stenton Family Manor into their new homes. Hope Garden was established through a partnership between Food Moxie and Stenton Family Manor. The garden was the first educational garden for families experiencing homelessness.
Our growing space at Martin Luther King High School was established in 2014 to teach life skills related to urban farming and nutrition to students affected by intellectual disabilities and autism. The program, which is called Farm Club, centers on experiential learning that connects classroom lessons with real-life application, focusing on practical and vocational life skills that lead to increased independence. Through the process of working in the garden and greenhouse, students learn valuable life skills such as cooperatively completing tasks, following multi-step directions, developing fine and gross motor functions, and learning about food production, simple meal preparations, and how to make healthy choices—all skills necessary for living independent lives and building self‐confidence.
With a CSA led by Weaver’s Way as a backdrop, the Land Lab is a program at Henry Got Crops that serves as an outdoor classroom for students at W.B. Saul Agricultural High School. The growing space at Henry Got Crops is home to Food Moxie’s educational offerings as well as student and teacher-led initiatives. The larger production farm is available for hands‐on experiential learning related to inspire students to grow, prepare, cook, and enjoy nutritious food. The program has expanded to include out-of-school time (OST) component, Land & Table, to promote youth leadership, life skills, and professional development through community‐based projects related to growing, cooking and eating healthy food. Students in both programs learn to grow, cook, and eat fresh foods, while also becoming community leaders in promoting healthy lifestyles, as well as a just and sustainable food system.