Healthy, responsibly-grown food for all.
The Vegetable Connection improves Larimer County’s food resilience by supporting families in need through food education and assisting with access to locally grown food from partner farms.
We face enormous challenges; economically disadvantaged populations with limited access to nutritional food, a disconnection from food sources, declines in new farmers, and a lack of essential life skills in the kitchen and garden. The Vegetable Connection addresses these challenges through our unique and life-changing programming.
Feeding the Families assists with vegetable shares and food education for economically-challenged families while supporting local farmers.
The Food School teaches Poudre School District students through our Science of Gardening curriculum, which is approved by the Colorado Department of Education. It also provides adult level classes in a variety of formats and locations. This year these include container gardening, easy and delicious nutritional cooking, and food preservation techniques.
In Larimer County alone, an estimated 40,000 residents are hungry and 1 in 5 Poudre School District children are considered food insecure. Though we wholeheartedly acknowledge and support the work of organizations like our own that provide families with food, we believe that giving food to families is a temporary solution. Education is an important component that empowers people with the skills and knowledge to become productive and responsible citizens with skills that last a lifetime.
WE AIM TO ENGAGE, EMPOWER, AND EDUCATE.
Why is this important? Hear from some of our family members:
“Feeding the Families allowed me to feed my family the way we need even though I was going through a tough time financially”
“Participating in the program add great value to our lives. By increasing the type and amount of veggies that our family consumes, we have better health”