Little Beans Market Program
Little Beans Program
Little Beans aims to encourage healthy nutrition and conscientious consumer habits for children ages 4-12. The Little Beans Kids Program was established by The 124 Grand Market in 2015. Inspired by the nationally-recognized POP (Power of Produce) Club at the Oregon City Farmers’ Market and SPROUTS Kids Club at Southwest Edmonton Farmers Market.
Little Beans has seen huge success since its launch and will eventually extend beyond the weekly farmers’ market experience. Membership to the program will include access to the Grand Gardens Community Garden and include more in-depth engagement and workshop opportunities. A designated raised bed for the Little Beans program will provide a learning garden where Little Beans will help grow a variety of vegetables and plants. This aspect of the program will connect the children to how their food is grown and illuminate all the interesting steps between farm and table.
Additionally, Little Beans will be expanding to broader additional programming in 2017 covering a range of topics pertaining to food growing, composting, healthy living, and environmental stewardship.
Wild Heart received the Ron Kulak award from the Emerald Foundation in 2016 for its efforts with Little Beans.