i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Grow Scott

Jeremy West

County Agent/Educator

University of Tennessee

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Increase in community and economic development in food systems.

How will you measure that change?

Change will be measure by observing practices adopted, pre/post data, community surveys

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

The addition of online and social media awareness and education component.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Great to meet, share ideas and receive valuable input from leaders and others (including keys)

Summary:

Scott County has been in the spotlight as the having the highest county unemployment rate in Tennessee since summer of 2010. The local Extension program has introduced new programming, Grow Scott, as an effort to move the county out of this unwanted spotlight. Grow Scott Program focuses on the education and establishment of agriculture related employment and economic sources for the people of Scott County and in the Region. This goal will be achieved through fruit and vegetable production education, marketing and value added education. Also, the establishments of new food systems using farmers markets and direct sales.

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