Goshen Market Foundation

Supporting a Healthy Local Food Community

aka Land of Goshen Community Market   |   EDWARDSVILLE, IL   |  goshenmarketfoundation.org

Mission

The Goshen Market Foundation uses its resources to provide greater access to healthy food, encourage the growth of local agriculture, and educate children and the community about sustainable farming practices and nutrition.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Jessica DeSpain

Main address

PO BOX 1030

EDWARDSVILLE, IL 62025 USA

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EIN

81-3651432

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The overarching goal of the Goshen Market Foundation is to address issues of food insecurity, a lack of nutrition education, and challenges faced by local farmers in the Metro East Region of St. Louis. Madison County has a 15% poverty rate, roughly 3% higher than the national average. Furthermore, according to the Journal of the American Diet Association, fewer than 4% of children 9 to 13 years old, and fewer than 2% of children 14 to 18 years old meet the daily recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption found in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2005 Dietary Guidelines for America.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Beet Box

The Beet Box is a mobile farmer's market that bring affordable, local produce to neighborhoods, schools, and community centers whose residents lack access to healthy foods as a result of food-desert conditions (i.e., no grocery store within 1 mile of a residence). At each stop, the Beet Box also conducts cooking demonstrations, nutrition workshops, and recipe distributions.

Population(s) Served

The Farm to School program aims to bring a garden to each school in Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 and across the Metro-East St. Louis region to teach children about agricultural practices, nutritional eating, and the role they can play in supporting the health of their community an the planet.

Population(s) Served

Market Sprouts is a Saturday program for kids at the Land of Goshen Community Market designed to teach them about special crops and agricultural practices. Kids who participate help construct the Market Sprouts Garden, taste local produce donated by market vendors, and participate in nutrition-related activities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Goshen Market Foundations has a mission to support a healthy local food community. The Goshen Market Foundation uses its resources to provide greater access to healthy food, encourage the growth of local agriculture, and educate children and the community about sustainable farming practices and nutrition.

Our strategies include:
1) Access: The Beet Box brings locally sources vegetables to our counties poorest residents from May to October by making weekly stops throughout the county. We offer produce for sale at extremely affordable prices and offer double-coupons for customers using their Illinois Link Card. We also work with area food banks to provide free bread and produce to residents when available.
2) Distribution: We collect fresh produce through our Food for Friends program and are able to store it throughout the week so that it can be used at the right time by area food banks.
3) Education: We are establishing gardens are areas K-12 schools and in association with informal learning programs to provide children with hands-on opportunities to learn where their food comes from. Food Researchers at Ohio State University and Cornell University found that students are five times more likely to eat vegetables when they’ve grown them themselves.
4) Support for Local Farmers: Many people feel increasingly removed from the land and the source of their food. This is particularly true among those living in poverty or in Urban Environments. The Goshen Market Foundation provides grants for local farmers and urban gardeners to get their projects off the ground.

The Goshen Market Foundation's board members possess an array of talents and expertise, including pre-school, middle-school, and college educators, area farmers, lawyers, accountants, and graphic designers. Since our founding in 2016, via grant writing and fundraising efforts, we have tripled our annual revenue and have successfully supported the implementation of the Beet Box, Farm to School, Food for Friends, and Giving Gardens programs.

Since our founding in 2016, we purchased, outfitted, and developed a rout for the Beet Box, which now serves five weekly stops and supports more than 800 customers per year. In 2018, we started our pilot schoolyard garden at Lincoln Middle School in Edwardsville and after running a garden program there for two school years, have developed a sustainable expansion plan with the goal of starting two new gardens in Spring 2020. In Spring 2019, we held our first professional development workshop for teachers in the area to learn how they can integrate schoolyard gardens into their curriculum across an array of subjects. Our Market Sprouts program teaches hands-on gardening skills and the benefits of specialty crops to more than 3,000 children per year. We have started two Giving Gardens in collaboration with the Edwardsville Children's Museum at the Edwardsville YMCA with the produce supplying the Beet Box and teaching children about the responsibility they owe to the broader community.

Financials

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Goshen Market Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/16/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jessica DeSpain

Tara Eberlin Pohlman