WHAT IS FARMACY?
The FARMacy program addresses the state’s ongoing battle with chronic illness thanks to a grant awarded to the West Virginia Farmers Market Association from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. This program begins with healthcare providers identifying patients with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and/or hypertension who may benefit from the program. After an initial health screening, patients are provided fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farm for 15 weeks. In addition to the produce, the program also provides cooking instructions, nutrition education, coaching, mentorship, and other activities to help patients continue their progress afterwards.