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WHERE farming & education come together

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OUR MISSION

Sproutin’ Up works to improve the lives of children and teens living in under-resourced neighborhoods in Fort Collins.

 OUR VISION

Build hope, optimism, and skills to take youth to their full potential.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

  • Nearly 43,000 Larimer County residents are food insecure. 

  • More than 60% of teens want and need jobs, but they also need the skills to be successful in their first job.

 

HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO

All of our programs incorporate STEM activities and learning with a focus on Social Emotional Learning Competencies (SEL). By incorporating lessons that reinforce self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making, we are equipping youth with practical tools for a successful future.




WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?

Our new home is located at The Botanique Fort Collins, 5100 E. Hwy 14, Fort Collins, CO 80524. You can visit them on Facebook for more information. See our map below.

 

MY STORY

In 2004 I took a job as a Community Health Educator. As part of my job, I went into mobile home communities and met kids after school. I would play active games with them, teach them a nutrition lesson and feed them a healthy snack. It was always my goal to give them a great experience and also give them a chance to try new foods. Over several years of teaching kids the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and having them respond with, “My mom won’t buy that” or “That’s too expensive,” I wanted to do something about it. Even though that was frustrating to me, I understood. Think about it – if you can buy a box or bag of something that won’t go bad over fresh produce that might last a week, what are you going to buy when you’re stretching every dollar? I began wondering what would happen if I was able to take away every barrier to eating fresh produce.

So, that first year I started growing a garden in my backyard. I didn’t really have any formal gardening experience, but really believed I could do this. I put out notes to my friends and neighbors and asked them to donate any extra produce. After work, once a week, I would go to the same neighborhood where I had been educating for years and set up a farmers market. The residents were awesome! They were grateful (even when I had only 15 snap peas) and even brought plastic bags to share with others. Partway into that first year, I received a $300 grant and built four new beds in my backyard.

Well, we’ve grown! Since that first year, we’ve donated more than 4,500 pounds of produce to an average of 45 families per week! Now we’re getting even bigger and my hope now is to teach kids about gardening and food. To connect kids to the world around them and help people eat healthier.

 

Phone

(970) 391-2613

 

Locations

Free Markets

  • Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park

  • Salud Family Health Center - Laporte and Blue Spruce Locations

Entrepreneurship 

  • Wellington Middle School

  • CSA Farm (summer program)

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park

  • CSA Farm (summer program)

Our 2019 Youth-Run CSA Farm Memberships are now on sale! What is a Youth-Run CSA Farm? We've been working with youth for nearly a decade and we're finally able to give them an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of running a farm. Our youth will be involved with every aspect of the farm - planting, tending, harvesting, and running our market. The kids who work on our farm earn a wage and learn both farming and social skills.

What can you expect? Tasty, wonderful produce and the chance to support Youth Development. Our youth will work side by side with farmers to learn the ropes while providing our customers with great service and even better produce! Your share will include produce, herbs, and flowers. See our variety list here.  When you visit the farm, you'll also have the opportunity to purchase farm fresh eggs, seafood from Kaleb's Katch, and products from Herbal Heart Apothecary

 

There are several options for your 2019 Membership.

  1. Choose your pick up/delivery option. Memberships picked up at the farm are $400 and delivery memberships cost $500.

  2. If you want to have your produce delivered, you must live in Bucking Horse, Rigden Farms, or Parkwood neighborhoods. If you choose this option the produce will be selected by the farmer, packaged, and delivered to your doorstep each week throughout the season.

  3. If you choose to pick up your produce, you'll be invited to "shop" our weekly market stand at the farm. We are offering a basic price for all memberships this year so please take what your family will use for the upcoming week as we won't be tracking how much you spend each week. Most weeks there won't be a limit on items and it will be first come, first serve as we strive to grow larger quantities each year. However, at the beginning of the season, you may find limits on certain items as they are just beginning to ripen. Our farm is located at 5100 E. Highway 14, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

  4. If you would like to set up a monthly payment plan for 2019, please contact Anne at 970-391-2613. 

  5. Tell your friends!

 

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