Slow Food Denver

Slow Food Denver cultivates the enjoyment of local food with all members of the community to create a more just and sustainable food system.

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Seed-to-Table School Garden Program

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
General Public

Description

Slow Food Denver's Seed-to-Table School Food Program supports school gardens and taste education classes in schools across the Denver Metro area. As a central resource for more than 60 school garden programs, Slow Food Denver empowers children to become enthusiastic supporters of good, clean, and fair food.

Through our Seed-to-Table Alliance we educate garden leaders about how to create impactful learning environments in school gardens, secure supply donations for the schools to use in their garden programming, and provide onsite training in gardening and cooking education.

The Youth Farmers' Markets introduce students to marketing practices, money management, business development, and the seasonality of fruits and vegetables. They also provide greater access to Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods that lack availability of fresh produce.

Garden-to-Cafeteria provides hands-on experience for students to grow fresh produce and then enjoy it in their school lunchrooms.

Our new teacher education workshops will help inspire teachers to use the school gardens as an outdoor classroom space.

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Evidence of Program's Success

~ As a central resource for more than 60 school garden programs, Slow Food Denver's Seed-to-Table School Garden program educates garden leaders about how to create impactful learning environments in school gardens. Annually, this enables approximately 900 classes, reaching just over 9000 students and engaging over 850 volunteers in the Denver area.

~ Since 2010 our Slow Food cooking instructors have taught over 230 cooking classes in schools, teaching students how to make healthy, culturally diverse dishes and empowering over 3,000 children and youth with fundamental cooking skills that last a lifetime!

~ Since 2009, the Youth Farmers Market program, in partnership with Denver Public Schools and Denver Urban Gardens, has engaged over 4,000 students through 600+ individual market days, providing over $75,000 in direct sales to local, Colorado farmers and over $40,000 in profits directly to participating schools.

~ Since 2010 Slow Food Denver has helped facilitate the Garden-to-Cafeteria initiative, which has resulted in over 5,000 pounds of produce being sold to school cafeterias, earning $7,000 for schools to sustain their school garden programs. All of the proceeds from garden-to-cafeteria sales go directly to the school gardens.

Community Table Program

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

We seek to strengthen our local food community through education and advocacy. Through our Community Table Program, Slow Food Denver provides the community with opportunities to connect with local producers, to support urban agriculture, to learn about the complex food system, and to build community through sharing food. Community Table projects include crop mobs, fruit gleaning, canning and cooking classes, farm tours, Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E., and direct support of sustainable agriculture through microgrants and scholarships.

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Evidence of Program's Success

~ Since 2011, through our Slow Food Denver Microgrant program, we awarded 24 micro grants totaling $32,000 to sustainable food projects in the Denver Metro area and introduced these innovative projects to over 400 community members.

~ Since 2011, through our Crop Mob program, we organized over 450 volunteers to assist small, urban, sustainable farmers with projects.

~ Our Preserve and Share the Harvest program brings together over 50 community members annually to learn how to can and preserve the fruit, and donates hundreds of jars of preserved produce to local organizations like Kavod, Jewish Family Services, The GrowHaus, and Project Angel Heart.

~ Finally, through our Eat Local Challenge, community dinners and support of farmers markets we introduce hundreds of metro-Denver residents to Colorado farmers and ranchers.

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