Who We Are
A Quick Word About Our Merger with The Food School
In January, 2015, The Friends of Happy Heart Farm (FHHF) and another local non-profit, The Food School, merged. Originally, both of our visions focused on increased food access and food education. FHHF desperately wanted to provide people with healthy food and teach them how to prepare it. The Food School saw the immense value in reaching children through our local schools. As time passed, FHHF and The Food School realized that we can’t (and shouldn’t!) do it all. As one, our organizations are better able to address BOTH aspects of our original vision; access to healthy food and food education. FHHF is now home to two unique programs: Feeding the Families and The Food School. Join us as we grow healthy food, families, and farmers……together.
Executive Director, Claudia DeMarco
Education Director, Jennifer Todd
Jennifer Todd spent the first eighteen years of her life surrounded by the sights, smells, and sounds of food in a small Italian neighborhood in Chicago. Amidst the smell of sautéed garlic and fresh Italian bread, the sound of the “fruit guy” selling fresh produce from his truck, and the sight of a perfectly stuffed canoli, her love of good food was born. Jen tucked this love away for several years, earned a couple of degrees, and moved to California to begin a teaching career. She was lucky enough to help open the Orange County School of the Arts, where she taught English to talented 7th – 12th graders. Fort Collins, where Jen has taught both elementary and high school, has been Jen’s home for the past seven years. She loves Fort Collins for its down-to-earth, passionate community. Here, Jen has been able to pursue everything from mountain biking and CrossFit to gardening and African dance. As part of The Friends of Happy Heart/Food School family, Jen is excited to work in an environment where she can combine all of her passions: good food, education, healthy living, and strong community. Above all else, Jen hopes her work as the Education Director will make a difference in the lives of Fort Collins’ families and their children.