Build Your Own Kickstart

The Build Your Own Kick Start incorporates an entirely open-ended project in order to directly address community-identified goals that are not being focused on in other kick start projects.  Residents were invited to provide input, which was compiled and reviewed by those who were most interested in this project and crafted into ideas to move forward. This project had two phases:
  1. Using design thinking which includes taking inventory of what’s offered in the community and what’s missing but wanted by residents and the analyzing data to determine some opportunities for how grant funding could achieve community goals. Several ideas were developed into concepts and then voted on by residents as to what ideas they wanted to spend resources to pursue.
  2. The concept that was voted on was to seed a farmers market in the North End by testing the viability and different outreach techniques over a six-month time frame. This would help achieve a community goal to have fresh, healthy produce while also building community by fostering intentional dialog about food and healthy eating. The initiative will start by collaborating with Camp North End’s Morning Markets on April 7th and May 5th and is planned to continue the first Saturday of the month until October 2018.


The results of the April - June survey are below. Download a PDF version of the impacts.


  • How many pounds of produce did most people buy at the North End Farmers Market (April – June)? 0 to 3 pounds
  • On average, the Camp North End Farmers Market served 3.75 users per hour
  • On average, the Mobile Markets (1 hour per NESD neighborhood) served 11 users per hour


North End Smart District

Demographics of NESD: 4.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.5% White or Caucasian; 88.8% Black or African American

Camp North End Markets

Demographics of the Market: 9.76% Hispanic or Latino; 48.8% White or Caucasian; 2.4% Asian or Asian American; 2.4% Middle Eastern or North African; 7.3% Other


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71% - Drove my own car
6.6% - Rode with family / friends
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17.9% - Walked or ran (or any other method using sidewalks)
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1.3% - Biked
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1.3% - Rode the bus
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1.9% - Rode Uber / Lyft / Taxi

Barriers to Healthy Eating:

Bar chart shows cooking is the most common barrier to healthy eating; accountability is the least common.
Cooking is by far the most cited barrier to healthy eating.