Who We Are: The Forsyth Farmers' Market was created to address food access issues and to provide all members of Savannah, GA’s community with a welcoming, inclusive place to purchase regional produce. Market organizers strive for diversity amongst vendors, shoppers, volunteers and educators. As a Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) Real Communities Partners, the market in Forsyth Park serves as a building block to create means of developing a more welcoming neighborhood, as well as provides opportunities for connection and contribution for people with and without disabilities.
What We Do: The core group, Mixed Greens, supports the market with smiling faces, interactive projects and learning opportunities while meeting regularly for potlucks and to plan new projects. Additionally, each week at the market, members of Mixed Greens assist with setup and clean-up for the market and staff an education/information booth. In March 2012, Mixed Greens launched the Little Green Wagon project, a mobile garden for youth. Young people stop by the education booth, plant a seed and add a plant to the market with their name. Members of Mixed Greens take care of the plants during the week and bring the mobile garden back to the market on Saturdays so that the young people can stop in, socialize and check on their plant. The Little Green Wagon is still an important part of the Mixed Greens and Forsyth Farmers’ Market experience.
Since January 2015, three part-time co-community builders with disabilities have joined the community building team of Mixed Greens and members take on active leadership roles. The group recently completed their second farmer and gardener stories project that provided many opportunities for everyone to participate by taking pictures, documenting stories via video or audio and acting as connectors between people – which culminated in an art exhibit, Forsyth Farmers’ Almanac, that is showcased during the highly publicized Art March in Savannah.
In 2016, the Community Builders are continuing to look for partners in the City of Savannah. They have also been working with faculty and students at a local school. Specifically, members of Mixed Greens have successfully facilitated mindfulness classes, art classes and, together, they help to cultivate a culture of acceptance and inclusion in Savannah communities.
The Forsyth Farmers' Market is already a cornerstone of the local food community in Savannah. By coupling its efforts around food access with the Real Communities Partnership, the Forsyth Farmers' Market hopes to become the centerpiece for building a more welcoming Savannah community.The Forsyth Farmers' Market is already a cornerstone of the local food community in Savannah. Click here to visit our website.
For more information on the Forsyth Farmers' Market or how to get involved, contact the Community Builder, Teri Schell, at .