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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Fresh Food Access

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Due to the increased need for fresh produce at food banks and pantries, Slow Food Denver is partnering with Grow Local Colorado to maintain vegetable gardens across the city, and donate the harvested produce to increase fresh food access for our most vulnerable populations in Denver.

Your donation supports the partnership, people and outreach that make this critical program happen. Thank you!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Thanks to the help of 50+ volunteers, over 100 lbs of produce have been donated to partners like MetroCaring and SAME Café so far this 2020 season.

Youth Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Families

Description

Slow Food Denver's Youth Education programs inspire children to fall in love with growing, cooking and eating fresh food. Through our programs, students develop lifelong healthy eating habits by making the connection between where food comes from and how it is prepared

The Cooking from the Garden After-School Enrichment Program provides an interactive and multi-faceted learning environment transforming children from passive food consumers to creators, and in so doing increase their health awareness. Children discover their own taste preferences, learn to create dishes they enjoy, derive self-esteem and pride as they watch their plants grow, eat them and share them to with their community. This is a weekly after-school program that promotes the use of the school garden by getting students to learn about planting, maintaining, and harvesting, and then using this food in relevant cooking classes. Class curriculums are adapted from the Slow Food USA's Slow Garden Curriculum, written by Denver local, Gigia Kolouch. Exact classes vary based on age, season, and harvest.

Youth Farm Stands introduce students to marketing practices, money management, business development, and the seasonality of fruits and vegetables. In partnership with Denver Urban Gardens, this program also provides 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.

Lil' Sprouts Online Cooking Classes are weekly online youth cooking classes, offered in seasonal sessions. These classes are designed to teach kids how to safely and confidently move around their kitchens - encouraging creativity in ingredients and kitchen choices. Throughout this program, students will cultivate an ease navigating through their own kitchen, broaden their taste preferences, and gain confidence in cooking and preparing meals not only for themselves but for the entire family.

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Evidence of Program's Success

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.

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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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