SustainEd Farms

A nonprofit organization

$3,285 raised by 35 donors

66% complete

$5,000 Goal

SustainEd Farms is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization built on sustainable farming practices, equal access to knowledge and resources, rigorous experiential instruction, and community engagement. With these principles in mind, SustainEd Farms creates and manages farms and gardens on school campuses, teaching students about nutrition and sustainability through hands-on learning experiences. All produce grown with students on our farms goes back to the community to create a more food-just Denver.

Giving Activity


Growing Food. Growing Knowledge. Growing Justice.

Background Statement

Izzy Petersen and Matt Suprunowicz met as Teach for America corps members at a Title I school located in a food desert. Right away, they noticed a disconnect among students, who were largely unaware of where their food came from and what healthy food was, which led to the creation of a gardening program at that school. They soon realized that this issue was far larger than one school. Many schools, especially low-income ones and those proximate to food deserts, needed support with their gardens and teaching their students about sustainability and nutrition. Additionally, the students and families at those schools needed access to locally grown produce. Therefore SEF was created to support students in being leaders in community sustainability.

SEF targets Denver Public Schools (DPS) with >75% of students being served free-and-reduced lunches (FRL). We currently partner with 26 DPS schools to provide programming that includes sustainability and garden-based education, planting and seed-starting workshops, and garden maintenance. This year we were awarded a USDA Farm to School grant in support of our work in garden education. We have supported more than 30 schools in 2023.

Organization Data


Organization name

SustainEd Farms

Year Established


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Education, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Environment, Youth Development

Organization Size

Small Organization



Service areas

Denver, CO, US

Denver, CO, US