What We Do
Families face enormous challenges today; an epidemic of childhood diabetes, disconnection from the sources of their food, staggering obesity rates, and a lack of essential life skills in the kitchen and garden. The Vegetable Connection, in partnership with participating Poudre School District schools and local farmers, addresses these challenges through a combination of unique programs:
Feeding the Families
The goal of the Feeding the Families program is to increase access to fresh, locally grown vegetables, provide food education and encourage community engagement.
Low-income families, up to 185% of the federal poverty level, receive a vegetable share purchased from a local CSA farm. Each family picks up their share of freshly harvested vegetables every week for 20 to 22 weeks. The families contribute to the costs of the vegetables on a sliding scale.
Time to celebrate and build a sense of community is an important part of this program. There are opportunities for families to get together share their stories and have fun.
The educational component of this program takes place in workshops presented by our Food School program.
If you are interested in applying for the Feeding the Families program, please click on the “Get Involved” menu icon and “The Feeding the Families Application.” Or contact the Feeding the Families Coordinator, Jill Munson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Food School
Science of Gardening: A School Garden Curriculum K-5
As we help people build connections to the story of their food, they begin to understand how their choices about food affect their health, the environment, and their communities.
In 2017, we will partner with Sproutn’ Up to offer the curriculum at Riffenburgh School. For more information visit the Sproutn’Up website at http://www.sproutinup.com/.
Additionally, adult education classes are provided to Feeding the Families participants and other interested individuals in the Fort Collins area. Classes on a variety of food topics are developed and offered by staff and volunteers. Opportunities to learn are also presented in collaboration with other community organizations.