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Dignowity Hill Farmers Market
When San Antonio resident Michelle Griego visited a farmers market in another part of her city, she saw plenty of local, healthy food but it was the cooking demonstrations and food samples that got her really excited. “I was not aware of how to cook with Kale, how to cook with certain vegetables,” said Griego. “And without knowing (those things) I’m not going to buy it because it’s not in a recipe I know.”
It was when Griego tasted the unfamiliar foods and saw how to put ingredients together that she became inspired to bring this same type of food access and education to her own neighborhood.
Griego had help from her friend Jovanna Lopez—who had brought a small farmers’ market to her own underserved neighborhood—but still had to figure some things out on her own. Read her inspiring story and use the tools below to help you make this healthy change for your own community.
Tools to Help You Make Change
- Learning from others that have “been-there/done-that” can increase a project’s success. See how a doctor started a farmers market in her clinic lobby, or read about a farmers’ market in Oregon that is also hosting food education programs.
- Getting buy-in from those stakeholders is easier when they can visualize data on the issues your community faces. Maps are an excellent way to show data in an engaging, easy to understand format. Use our Maps & Data page to explore data layers available to you or click on the map below to zoom to your city and see the data provided.
The maps below shows areas of San Antonio where residents may have a difficult time finding healthy food or accessing farmer’s markets that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Click on either map to visit our interactive mapping environment and see this data for your own community.
Additional data is available to you when you click on a specific area within a map, such as this one that identifies individual farmers’ markets.
- Indicator reports offer another opportunity to look at your region’s assets and disparities. Create a Community Health Needs Assessment report by first choosing the type of report you want to make and then simply enter your state and county (or several counties) and the data automatically populate for you.
- From there you can explore information such as demographics, social & economic factors, and health behaviors. The data and visual graphics are downloadable and can be put into your presentations or grant applications.
Unsure about how to use the tools highlighted above? Our support page has short videos and how-to exercises to get you stated. We also have a number of upcoming training webinars that will give you step-by-step help on using the Commons.
Enjoy our other Salud Hero features, “Roll Models” Ride for Fitness, Health Clinic Opens a Farmers Market, Healthier Concession Stands at Schools, Get Closer to Your Grocer, Empowering Kansas City Youth Through Physical Activity and Free Mobile App Helps Families Choose Healthier. Then become a Salud Hero yourself by joining the Salud America! Hub. This is why we created Community Commons—to help you use the latest technology and tools to make lasting change.