Fruit and vegetable growing is in full swing at CSU’s Research Station on Orchard Mesa. Local nonprofit Grow Another Row and its new partner organization, Colorado State University Extension Program, are working together to involve the community in growing and distributing more fresh fruits and vegetables to our community’s food banks. The bulk of food available at food banks are packaged and fresh produce is limited, if available at all.

CSU is making 9 acres of fruit trees and 9 acres of vegetable plots available for community use at its research facilities, something that is unprecedented in our state. School age children are planting and growing healthy food. Many different community groups will be involved in harvesting crops and packing fresh produce for delivery to Food Bank of the Rockies. An anticipated 18 tons of fruit and 48 tons of vegetables will be grown and donated this summer. This multi-organization partnership is called the Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief and involves Western Colorado Community College, School District 51, the John McConnell Math and Science Center and the Food Bank of the Rockies.

Our $20,000 impact grant provides general operating support to cover staff and expenses related to this summer’s pilot effort.

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