social capital noun. the value of our social networks & relationships

Building Community at the Farmer’s Market with Fred Yen

Published by Leah Mulrenan on

This Cultivating Connections podcast episode explores how a local farmers market can build community. Guest Fred Yen discusses his journey and involvement in the Winchester Farmers Market and related community initiatives. He shares how his passion for community building and social justice led to the market’s inception, inspired by his experience at a vibrant market in Switzerland. The Winchester Farmers Market, which started in 2008, aims to support local farmers, the environment, and serve as an incubator for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Fred highlights the market’s role in fostering community connections and supporting various initiatives, including food security programs like the Gardens for Good. The market also serves as a neutral, welcoming space where people can gather, interact, and participate in various cultural and community activities. Fred encourages people to get involved, emphasizing the market’s inclusive and community-driven nature.

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About the Guest

Fred Yen

Fred Yen is the Founder and Executive Director of Winchester Farmers Market Community Hub.


This episode was produced by Leah Mulrenan and David Crowley.

About SCI Social Capital Inc.

Our story at SCI centers on strengthening communities by intentionally cultivating connections through inclusive community programs, partnerships, and leadership development.

In June of 2002, SCI was founded by David Crowley. Returning to his hometown of Woburn, he created an organization focused on bringing people together. For two decades, we have taken action, big and small, to respond to what our community needs, in our hometown, and beyond.

The concept of social capital is about the importance of our social networks, and the value of the trust in relationships and communities. SCI addresses the need to increase the social capital of a community and the individuals in it.

SCI’s mission is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives.

Episode Transcript

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