Youth Farm Stands
Slow Food Denver, in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens, developed a farm stand model on school grounds using fresh produce from school gardens and local farms. This joint project – The Denver Youth Farm Stands Coalition – supports Denver-metro area schools in hosting their own youth farm stand.
A Youth Farm Stand (YFS) offers healthy food to communities, promotes nutrition, demonstrates healthy meal preparation in partnership with local chefs, and develops community capacity and leadership. Through the YFS program, youth (in support with adult volunteers) have the potential to learn how to grow their own food, increase their intake of fresh healthy produce, and germinate an interest in sharing what they are learning with the broader community through the venue of a small farm stand.
YFS focuses on promoting healthy eating habits while reinforcing traditional academics, such as math and science, and building life skills such as customer service, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, they serve as mini–communities, modeling inclusive ways to teach the strength of diversity. A school may choose to meet all of these objectives or customize the menu to suit the needs of their constituents.
For more information about how your school can participate, please contact us to get started!