Farmacy – Healthy Food Access in Appalachia

The Central Appalachian Network (CAN) and its partners have been working to improve access to healthy food for individuals and families in the Central Appalachian region through local initiatives in their communities. Over the past year, six of these healthy food access initiatives have been published as case studies through a partnership between CAN and the Appalachia Funders Network. CAN worked with Alexandria Polanosky, a visual storyteller, to create short videos highlighting the majority of the healthy food access case study. The summary video for all the healthy food access case studies can be found here.


The third of these healthy food access case studies is Farmacy, a program of Community Farm Alliance, the Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, and the University of Kentucky. Farmacy is an innovative program fighting diet-related health problems with increased access to healthy foods to folks in the community. Read more about the Farmacy program in the full case study found here.

Watch the video below to see how the Farmacy program is encouraging healthcare providers to write “vegetable prescriptions” to patients in Letcher County, KY.