Food Project Farm

  A joint project of Growing Gardens and the YMCA of Northern Colorado

At the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA, 950 Lashley St, Longmont

The 1-acre Food Project Farm in Longmont is the result of a partnership between Growing Gardens and the YMCA of Northern Colorado, and was established to provide produce donations and gardening and nutrition-based education to the surrounding neighborhood. 

100% of the produce grown on this farm is donated to those in need, which is especially important because the surrounding neighborhood is classified as a Food Desert: An area where food is non-existent, unhealthy or too expensive (University of Leeds/School of Geography).

 

Join us on the farm this year:

Cultiva Youth Project- Longmont!

Join us for the second season of the Cultiva Youth Project Longmont! 2019 Farm Crew members will have a unique opportunity to help shape and guide this new project.

Learn more about the Cultiva Youth Project Longmont and how to apply here (applications due April 15th, 2019).

Aprende más sobre el Cultiva Youth Project Longmont y applica aqui. 

Food Project Farm Work Trade Program

Our Work Trade program aims to engage community members that live near the Food Project Farm and would benefit from the opportunity to work on the farm two hours a week in exchange for a share of fresh produce each week.

Weekly produce shares include seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the Food Project Farm along with recipe ideas. On average, produce shares will equal a $30 value per week (varies seasonally).

Work Trade Program Structure:

  • Work shifts start the first week of June and run through the last week of October.
  • Work shift options:Tuesday evenings 5-7pm or Wednesday mornings 8-10am.
  • Farm work activities include weeding, planting, and harvesting.
  • Experience farming or gardening is not required, but a willingness and ability to do active work outdoors is required.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Spaces will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to community members in need.

More information email Food Project Program Coordinator, Dakota-Rae at [email protected]

 

Field Trips

We currently partner with Timberline Elementary to provide Field trips to the Farm for PreK-6th grade. If you’re a Longmont based school and are interested in Field trips to the farm or would like us to bring a Classroom Visit to your school, please contact Dakota-Rae Westveer at [email protected].

Service Learning

Service learning visits are made up of community building activities, group discussion, site tours, and hands-on volunteer work that create opportunities for youth to engage issues of food access and sustainability.

If you’re interested in learning more about service learning opportunities, contact Dakota-Rae Westveer at [email protected].

Events

Community Salsa Party in celebration of dieciseis de septiembre

Sunday, September 15th, 2019 4-5pm

Come to the Food Project Farm and enjoy fresh salsa prepared by youth from our community! This is a free community event. For more information, contact Dakota-Rae Westveer at [email protected].

Fiesta de Salsa de la Comunidad  para celebrar dieciseis de septiembre

Domingo, septiembre 15th, 2019 4-5pm

Ven a la granga y disfrutar de salsa fresca preparado por las jovenes de la communidad! Es un evento gratuito. Para mas informacion, contacte Dakota-Rae Westveer @ [email protected]

 
Spring Volunteer Opportunities
Teens ages 14-18: Wednesday evenings 4:00-5:30pm starting April 24th - May 22nd

Youth under 18 years old must complete a minor volunteer registration with parent signature before participating. Youth 18 years old will complete our adult volunteer waiver.

Adults: Wednesday mornings 9:00am - 12:00pm starting April 3rd

For more information on volunteer opportunities at the Food Project Farm, contact Lex Berman at [email protected]

2018 Program Highlights:

  • Grew, harvested, and donated 10,297 pounds of fresh organic produce, including 2,985 pounds of greens, serving 8,029 individuals, 99% of whom were low income.
  • 1,235 plant starts and 426 seed packets were donated to low income gardeners to help them grow their own fresh food.
  • We teamed up with the Boulder County Farmers’ Market to create an access point for local, often times organic, fresh produce for the community.
  • 240 volunteers contributed 1,688 hours of service
  • Volunteer Partners include: YMCA of Boulder Valley, Seagate, IAC Apps, Otter Products, Keller Williams, Stratus Building Solutions, Kaiser Permanente, Peak to Peak HS, CEB Global, University of Colorado, and Hoe and Hope.
  • Program Partners include: I Have a Dream, OUR Center, Boulder County Youth Corps, Longmont Children, Youth, and Families, Timberline K-8, Environment for the Americas, St. Vrain Mobile Home Park, Wild Plum, Casa de la Esperanza, Mail Street School, Boulder County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Boulder Housing Partners.

 

Project Goals: We seek to demonstrate the transformative power of urban agriculture through organic production, education, and community engagement. We will use progressive growing methods suitable for a small urban site, and work with community partners and families to create a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant local community.  We will continue to:

  • Engage the individuals and businesses in the Longmont community as volunteers on the farm, helping to feed and support those in need.

  • Teach children from local elementary schools where their food comes from- and have them taste and prepare fresh healthy snacks from the farm.

  • Partner with the YMCA of Boulder Valley to offer programs to pre-school and elementary-aged children.

  • Provide vegetable starts and education so low-income members of the community can grow fresh produce to feed their families.

  • Host classes and workshops to teach people to grow and enjoy fresh produce.

 

Please click here to join us as a business sponsor, individual donor or to volunteer to support this exciting and impactful project!

 

 
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