STOP Childhood Obesity!
Help HPEC create a multi-year Youth Farmer's Market program
The HPEC Campus beneath Colorado's big blue sky.
5.13.13 - University of Colorado Health has generously pledged to donate two tents for the markets! We have amended the budget from $5,000 to $2,900 to reflect this amazing development! Thank you!
High Plains Environmental Center's Garth Bontrager needs your help to create a Youth Farmer's Market program. The program will act on the front lines to combat Childhood Obesity through education and a Student-run Produce Market. In previous years, Garth and HPEC's farming team have worked with kids, adults and volunteers from throughout the community, and this Market program will provide a multitude of amazing services to its participating students and youth:
- Teach students to advocate for their health.
- Organizing the growing, harvesting, cooking and distribution of fresh local food.
- Demonstrate the benefits of activity, nutrition, and community service through our Seed-to-Service action.
- Measured students’ physical activity, skill level, and how much food served to the community.
- Encouraged self assessments of new skills, and also test students on their knowledge of nutrition, food pathways, cooking, marketing, organization, inventory and money.
- Students will share their knowledge with their customers.
HPEC has facilitated over 100,000 pounds of fresh produce donations from their gardens in the last 4 years while engaging in 5000 fun, curriculum-driven activities with students. Youth markets allow them to expand the intention of their distribution streams, and continue their wonderful academic outreach.
June 24, 2013
- About 30 11-15 year old students will learn job skills, social skills, and practice academic lessons in real life situations.
- 800+ persons will benefit from food, education and community experience at the markets.
- Tools and equipment will be used within the program for years to come.
|Office Supplies||cards, art supplies, paper, plastic sleeves, journals, clips, wire||$100|
|Professional Banner||two 3' x 8' youth market banner signs||
|Youth Market Start Up Costs||Includes vegetables, display items, baskets, bowls, crates, table covers, tables||$400|
|Coolers||For produce transport||$500|
|Gift Cards||For temporary student workers||$300|
|Kitchen Supplies||knives, boards, strainers, bowls, tools, basic larder spices, oil, vinegar, dairy, grains||$250|
|Student Stipends||Student interns receive $12/weekly/2 day weeks guaranteed||$720|
|Garden Tools||Program specific, American-made (when available)||$500|
Extra Funds Use:
Excess funds will be used to build a seed library so we can offer locally adapted seeds for sale at our markets, and use those seeds to grow more produce and run more educational programming.
The best way to understand why Jim Tolstrup does what he does is to stand outside in a field of grass on a cool morning. Feel the breeze. Smell the sweet clarity of the air. Listen to the birds and insects and rustling of the grass. Taste your cool breath as you exhale.
The High Plains Environmental Center was conceived in 2001.