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The Growing Project

Our main focus is to connect the community to its food and to advocate for healthy food accessibility through practical and free education, community gardens,and food rescue and redistribution. As an organization we focus on getting healthy, local foods to at-risk youth and low-income populations.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
1
Full Time Staff:
2
Contract Staff:
4
Volunteers Annually:
250
Retention Rate:
100%

Amy Kousch, Farm Manager
Start Date: 2018

Amy Kousch has been farming sustainably for eight years and holds a B.S and M.Agri from CSU. While building and operating CSA farms in New England and in northern Colorado-she thrives as a steward of soil fertility and intensive organic vegetable production. As a farm manager and educator, Amy believes in: worms, heavy June yields, composting, social justice, the wonder of children, community gardens, muddy boots, outdoor classrooms, cover-crops, all of our pollinators, empowered generations of food consumers, kindness, teamwork, creativity, and the hope one tiny seed.

Adam Lovell, Assistant Farm Manager/Educator
Start Date: 2017

Adam has always loved nature, and grew up camping, skiing, and hiking here in Colorado. He became interested in Environmental Education as a career in high-school when he interned for Outdoor Lab, an Environmental Education camp for Jefferson County sixth-graders. After graduating high school in 2013, he traveled to Europe and then to Colombia and Ecuador where he taught English and was introduced to permaculture. He lived in an intentional community for two months and received his Permaculture Design Certification in April, 2015. It was then that he realized that his mission in life is to create abundant ecological systems and provide holistic garden experiences to young people.
He worked as a farm hand for Aspen Moon Farms before completing an Urban Farm Management class at FRCC. In 2016 he interned for The Growing Project and absolutely fell in love with the community, the farm, and everything TGP does. As a Teens For Food Justice and Stonecrest Rentals Mobile Home Park garden mentor, he grew his skills in community development and horticulture therapy. He also was the children's garden education intern for The Gardens On Spring Creek in 2016.

Dana Guber, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Dana Guber, Executive Director, dana@thegrowingproject.org
Dana is a Colorado native, a world traveler, an artist and a local food activist. Her passion for feeding people began at a young age when her mother and grandmother exposed her to delivering Meals on Wheels. Volunteering became a big part of her life, especially getting good food to people who need it. In 2009, growing good food became her main focus while working with a small group of students to start a CSA/market farm in Boulder, Colorado. For 2 seasons, this group of individuals looked forward to the long evenings harvesting, early morning at the farmer's market and delivering excess produce to the local food bank. Dana also enjoyed participating in an internship at a permaculture design course in Niwot, CO in 2010.

After spending nearly a year in Ecuador creating a Spanish exchange program, Dana returned to the States to resume her interests in the local food movement and volunteerism. She headed out west to Port Townsend, WA where she connected with some amazing individuals in the local food movement. She found funding and started a food bank garden, worked on a local farm, and interned at a Waldorf school that had a fully functioning farm as part of their curriculum. She moved back to Colorado in December 2011 and found a job working as Program Coordinator of Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins. For two years she worked at Meals on Wheels and spent her free time diving head first into the local food movement in Fort Collins. She became a Board Member of The Growing Project in early 2012 and has worked feverishly on resource and program development. She is one of the founding members of the TGP Food Finders program. In November 2013, funding was secured to hire TGP's first ever full time employee: an Executive Director.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
16
Term Length:
2 years
Term Limit:
2
Total # of Board Members:
7
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
4
Male:
3

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
6
Hispanic or Latino:
1
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

85%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

10%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Communications / Promotion / Publicity / PR
Fund Development
Fundraising

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