What We Do

Community Health

H.E.A.L. – Healthy, Eating, Activity & Learning

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Farmer’s Market:
Sowing Seeds Growing Futures

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Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market is a part of the Detroit Community Markets group, and dedicated to the health and wellness of the Cody Rouge, Warrendale and surrounding District 7 communities. The market enables JSCDC to provide access to a variety of local produce growers and vendors, cooking demos, recipes and samples, nutrition and health education, as well as fun for the whole family!

    • Season:  Early June to early October annually
    • Market Time:  Every Tuesday, 3– 6 pm Rain or Shine  (except July 4th & Labor Day Week)
    • The following payment methods are accepted: Cash, Bridge/EBT card, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh Coupons, Sr. Project Fresh, and Fresh Prescription   

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Farmer’s Market is not taking place as scheduled. Instead, we are offering free produce boxes. If you would like to participate, please read more about this program below.

FREE Produce Boxes!

Though the Farmers Market will not be open this season, Joy Southfield CDC will provide free produce boxes to residents on Tuesdays through August 18. The boxes will contain an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Tuesdays at 3pm
July 14 through August 18
18900 Joy Rd (at Artesian) – see map

First Come First Served!


To participate, contact:

Tricia Blake-Smith


Volunteers are needed! Contact Us for more information.

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Fresh Prescription

Fresh Prescription is a fruit and vegetable prescription program that brings together the healthcare and food systems, fostering innovative relationships to build a healthy sustainable food system in Detroit. This promising approach to a healthier food system connects patients to fresh, locally-grown produce while providing direct economic benefits to small and midsize farmers.

Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market and Covenant Community Care are partners. Participants must be patients of and referred by Covenant Community Care.

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How Does Fresh Prescription Work?

Low-income patients with chronic disease, caregivers of young children and pregnant women are referred to the Fresh Prescription program by their primary care physician. A clinician meets with participants and their families to discuss healthy eating and assess fruit and vegetable consumption, access to healthy food, and knowledge and skills for choosing, preparing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The clinician gives the participants a “fresh prescription” to eat more fruits and vegetables and helps set goals for healthy eating. Patients “fill” their prescription at a partnering farm stand or market, where they also receive nutrition counseling, cooking demonstrations and other educational support for making meaningful, healthy eating changes.

H.E.Y. Detroit (Healthy Empowered Youth)

The Healthy Empowered Youth (HEY) Detroit project is a summer-long youth enrichment program that aims to ready students for a successful start to fall by engaging youth and adolescents living within the Cody-Rouge neighborhood in health-related activities. These include, but are not limited to, physical activity, nutritional lessons, and gardening for healthy development and learning.

Each week, JSCDC will host kid’s activities at our summer Farmer’s Market, provide healthy lifestyle lessons and games at Meet Up and Eat Up “drop-off” sites in the neighborhood, and engage youth and adolescents in hands-on experiences in gardening where youth grow, market, and sell produce to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Due to COVID-19, H.E.Y. Detroit is not currently taking place as scheduled.

Cooking for a Change

Participants learn techniques to enhance food’s natural flavor, while preserving its nutritive value as much as possible​ through various cooking methods, which is vital to our health. The class teaches tips and techniques for healthier and safer cooking. Participants have the added benefit of learning that cooking is fun!

This 4-week class meets once per week for 1.5 hours. The sessions will enrich not only your diet, but also your life.

Due to COVID-19, Cooking for a Change is not currently taking place as scheduled.

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Cooking Tip

Don’t automatically add salt to your food – taste it first.

Enhance Fitness

Enhance Fitness is a free weekly low impact aerobic exercise class for adults. The class is perfect for all fitness levels and allows you to move at your own pace!


Weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Second Grace United Methodist Church (see map)

Due to COVID-19, Enhance Fitness is not currently taking place as scheduled.

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