Who We Are
The Vegetable Connection, formerly Friends of Happy Heart Farm, was born out of the dreams of Happy Heart Farm owners Dennis and Bailey Stenson. Aware that many families wanted nutritional, organically grown vegetables but faced limited access due to financial constraints, they began donated six vegetable shares to families in 2009 and 2010.
In 2011, the organization received its official nonprofit status resulting in an expansion of the Feeding the Families program. Each year more families are discovering the goodness found in fresh vegetables that they receive each week during the growing season. In addition to the food, participants also harvest a greater sense of community, learn to grow, prepare, and preserve fresh vegetables.
Feeding the Families has grown to include other local farms. This expansion gives families more choices, farm locations, and supports more local farmers. More than 100 families have participated in Feeding the Families and we look forward to growing our impact, increasing access to those in need while supporting local farms.
Program Director – Jill Munson
Volunteer Coordinator – Gabi Graves
Board of Directors:
President – Claudia DeMarco
Treasurer – Bill DeMarco, Bill DeMarco Music
Secretary – Bernadette Kissel, Retired Educator
Member at Large – Jamie Rasmussen, Marketing Manager
Member at Large – April Shelhon, Content Marketer
Member at Large – Scott Hapner, Community Cheerleader
Member at Large – Ryan VanVugt, Entrepreneur
Member at Large – Shayle Sabo, Emergency Management Coordinator
Member at Large – Melissa Buderus, Poudre School District Teacher