Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA), in conjunction with Wheeling Health Right and Food
Justice Lab WVU, will kick off the first year of the FARMacy Program 11:00
a.m. this Friday, June 1st at
the Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville. The program is encouraging
patients to use produce in lieu of prescriptions for healthier outcomes.
The program was started by PA-C Amanda Cummins and Dr. Carol Greco, to
bring fresh, locally grown produce to rural communities.
fresher, healthier produce to our communities tackles two major issues,”
said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “FARMacy helps address
rising healthcare costs while decreasing the number of medicine being prescribed,
as well as provide more opportunities to local farmers. This is a win-win
for West Virginia.”
County is managed by Holly Giovianazzo who is working with Jon and Lisa M.
DuMars of the Garden Path, Grow Local Go Local and other farmers to provide
locally grown produce, as well as diet and food instructions to patients.
The goal is to help create healthier community members by reducing the risk
or help control chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and
hypertension. In addition, the project aims to educate patients on
healthier foods and the importance of produce within patient diets.
"We have been
working with five core farms in Wetzel and Tyler County since the Fall of
2017 in preparation of this program. The bonus is these farmers are working
together to fill needs at a larger capacity and variety, as well as meet a
prescribed demand,” said WVDA Business Development Planning Coordinator
Kacey Gantzer. “Not only are we improving the health of our patients, we
are providing a driver for the local economy."
be working with local growers, securing the produce for each week,
coordinating educational and promotional information and act as the liaison
between Wheeling Health Right and producers. She will also oversee the
distribution of produce to the 25 participants. Participants have set goals
for weight loss, lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and blood glucose
information, please contact Holly Giovinazzo Wetzel County FARMacy Manager
at 304-771-8482 or Dr. Carol Greco D.O. or Amanda Cummins PA-C at