Mar 9, 2018

Spring Building

Hello Donors and Friends, 

Despite the snowfall, we know spring is fast approaching. We are excited to announce we are launching 3 new neighborhoods: Miller St in lakewood, 40 west arts district, and Dam East in Aurora. If you live in these areas we would love to have you join us as a garden host. 

We have a large group of volunteers scheduled for the 2nd week of March and we will be building all our new beds for 2018 and making some repairs and aesthetic improvements to our existing ones. 

We fell dramatically short of our 2017 December Fundraising goal and if you or anyone you know can make a contribution to continue the growth of food access and garden education in Colorado we would really appreciate it. 

Your donations support families like Susan's, a 64 year old woman who is plauged by poverty in her neighborhood. She sees food banks closing, food stamp regulations tightening, and so many families with no where to go. She donated 2 large garden beds on the corner of her property to Jovial to provide food to anyone in need in the neighborhood. She and her partner put up a large sign and invites anyone who passes by to enjoy some fresh, organic produce! 

Your donations also support the development of our new space at 1st and Sheridan that hosts a commercial kitchen and farmers market styled grocery store with affordable pricing for those who need it most. For more information visit: www.thecoopat1st.com and we sincerely thank you for all you do. 

p.s. We are looking for spring volunteers for numerous projects indoors and out. Please contact info@jovialconcepts.org to get involved. 

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Feb 21, 2018

Spring Building

Hello Donors and Friends, 

Despite the snowfall, we know spring is fast approaching. We are excited to announce we are launching 3 new neighborhoods: Miller St in lakewood, 40 west arts district, and Dam East in Aurora. If you live in these areas we would love to have you join us as a garden host. 

We have a large group of volunteers scheduled for the 2nd week of March and we will be building all our new beds for 2018 and making some repairs and aesthetic improvements to our existing ones. 

We fell dramatically short of our 2017 December Fundraising goal and if you or anyone you know can make a contribution to continue the growth of food access and garden education in Colorado we would really appreciate it. 

Your donations support families like Susan's, a 64 year old woman who is plauged by poverty in her neighborhood. She sees food banks closing, food stamp regulations tightening, and so many families with no where to go. She donated 2 large garden beds on the corner of her property to Jovial to provide food to anyone in need in the neighborhood. She and her partner put up a large sign and invites anyone who passes by to enjoy some fresh, organic produce! 

Your donations also support the development of our new space at 1st and Sheridan that hosts a commercial kitchen and farmers market styled grocery store with affordable pricing for those who need it most. For more information visit: www.thecoopat1st.com and we sincerely thank you for all you do. 

p.s. We are looking for spring volunteers for numerous projects indoors and out. Please contact info@jovialconcepts.org to get involved. 

Jan 11, 2018

A Growing Culture

Most children don't know what they want to be when they grow up. Not Fatima. At the tender age of 10, she knows she is destined to be a dentist. She already has looked into how many years of college education it would take, and the amount of debt she would incur throughout the process. Fully aware of the struggle it would be to complete this goal from her modest upbringing, Fatima forges ahead undeterred. Participating in an afterschool gardening program is just one of the beginning steps in her mind. How better to look after her teeth, than to learn about the food she has to eat everyday of her life for years to come? It just "makes sense" she says, after detailing her lifelong ambitions. Unbeknownst to her, the wisdom behind that simple statement is exactly what we hope to cultivate in our garden classrooms.

This Spring at Eagleton Elementary we will manage a greenhouse and several raised beds in order to produce herbs, greens, and spices to be used in their school lunches. While we will be growing several different crops and flowers, the true focus will be growing a culture of youth who are not only informed about their local food system but actively participating in it. We need more boys and girls like Fatima who are invested in making better choices regarding food on a daily basis. Who know that this is not just about 2 hours of afterschool programming, but about building a foundation for a wholesome lifestyle. 

What is most important is the fact that we involve these youth in our food system and give them the sense that they can be active participants in our society. With every tomato that these students plant, nurture, harvest, and then transport to their school cafeteria we are not only simultaneously improving their health, physically and mentally, but empowering them to take a stand in their community. We want our students to know that they can provide for themselves, their family, and their peers. With your support we can continue to make that a reality for students like Fatima throughout Denver and Jefferson County.

 
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