Over one third funded! and other steps forward!
We met with Denver Public Schools Food Services and the Denver Green School Cafeteria staff on Friday, and the school kitchen has officially placed its FIRST ORDER of produce from the farm!! So we will be supplying the school cafeteria starting THIS WEEK!!
We have been working in partnership with DPS Food and Nutrition Services, with lots of advice from local experts, to develop all the necessary paperwork: after all the hard work of writing/compiling food safety and harvest protocols, and submitting them to the Colorado Dept. of Health, the Dept. of Agriculture, and food safety experts at Colorado State University Extension for feedback and approval, we have a robust document for growing and harvesting produce at the school farm and delivering it to the school cafeteria. We also have a signed agreement with Denver Public Schools allowing us to sell produce directly to the school cafeteria (at the same low prices they use with their current supplier)--no other distributors or middle men involved! So we can pick veggies at the farm and walk them right inside to the kitchen. How cool is that?! All experts agree: this is THE FIRST PROJECT OF ITS KIND IN THE STATE OF COLORADO!!
The school kitchen will receive: beets, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, onions, summer squash, cucumbers, kale, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, and basil!
Thank you all for your continued support of the Denver Green School Community Farm and for making our Farm to Cafeteria program possible!
We are now 34% funded, with just under a hundred backers! Remember, folks can pledge ANY AMOUNT (even a dollar), so let's keep spreading the word through social media and word of mouth in our communities! http://kck.st/o3DUrH
The farm is an important resource for the school in many ways other than providing healthy food to the lunch room. Each week, teachers visit the farm with their students; in addition, Sprout City Farms teaches 3 classes every Friday. Enjoy this photo of DGS 3rd graders doing math lessons with their teacher Mr. Jaquette out at the farm on Friday :D
Here's to all who are working hard out there--Happy Labor Day!
Meg, Chad, James, and the SCF Crew