Farm Based Wellness


The Farm-Based Wellness Program (FBWP) is designed for those at risk for diet-related health conditions. The FBWP provides cooking demonstrations, gardening, nutrition education, stress management, and lifestyle intervention practices  adapted from the National Diabetes Prevention Program. These components are meant to positively impact health practices and food security in underserved communities, people with low-income, and  immigrant adults and their children. 

The program is a partnership between Gather New Haven and health centers in New Haven that care for the city’s most medically underserved community members. Our partners are:  Fair Haven Community Health Center, HAVEN Free Clinic, and Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center.  As well as corporations, non-profit organizations, and generous donors. Health centers deliver medical services to over 50,000 New Haven residents, most of whom face diet-related chronic disease, economic hardship, and food insecurity.

Healthcare providers from these clinics and local hospitals refer low-income and/or immigrant adults and children with diet-related chronic disease risk factors to the Farm-Based Wellness Program. 

The referred FBWP participants can join a two-hour weekly program session based on their language preference (English or Spanish) and attend an optional bilingual exercise session on Saturdays for 16 weeks. 

Each week, participants take home a share of fresh vegetables and fruits and culturally relevant food staples plus healthy recipes created by the FBWP Staff and Community Health Ambassadors (CHAs), also FBWP alumni. 

Tuesdays are held in Spanish from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Ferry Street Farm located at 220 English St., New Haven, CT 06513

Thursdays are held in English from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Ward Street Farm located at 170 Ward Street, New Haven, Ct 06519

Saturdays are held bilingual (English and Spanish) from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on the Ferry Street Farm located at 220 English St., New Haven, CT 06513

After the summer program, a monthly meeting is offered throughout the winter to keep participants encouraged and connected with the FBWP community.

This video was created by New Haven Farms prior to the merger, but provides great insight to our continued work through the Farm-Based Wellness program.



This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information, we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any disease or medical condition. Before beginning any health program with the Gather New Haven, we recommend you consult your primary physician or caregiver.


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