Holiday Greetings! Because of your generous past support, we thought you would enjoy an update on our programs. Now in our 9th year, Common Roots continues to provide several avenues for children, parents, staff and community to participate in food education from soil to consumption, building the capacity to provide a growing volume of food for families, our schools, and our programs. Our mission strengthens and supports local food systems, provides food security, and affirms our local environment
- Farm to School: Lessons in 50+ classrooms (900+ students), each month with hands-on recipe production and taste tests = 64,800 individual lessons to date. Our educator meets with pre-school through grade 5 children.
- Farm to Go: Student-chef lessons for middle school students in six-week courses prepare a balanced, nutritious dinner for their family. Each course is 5-6 weeks with 8 students preparing food for family members. Nine years of lessons = 11,200 meals.
- Community Food Shares: Nourishing food access to 40 families identified by social workers in all five schools. Each family receives a fresh food share for 20+ weeks of the gardening season, grown by our education farmer and staff. They also receive food each week through our partnerships with Trader Joe’s, Klinger’s, Panera and proteins from Price Chopper. Common Roots has given 4,800 farm-fresh food shares (20 weeks for 8 years) and 3,900 shares of healthy store foods (52 weeks a year).
- Growing Gardens, Growing Kids: Common Roots brings children to the Farm at South Village for food education experiences with a growing number of teachers integrating curriculum on the land. The organic food we grow in 50 raised beds is given to families through our Community Food Share program.
Our three-year goal is to become self-sustaining. We plan to reach this obtainable goal by: growing food for sale; preparing value added products; culinary courses; birthday parties on the land and summer camps. As we grow to sustain a greater percentage of our program budgets we plan to support other communities. Everything we do is replicable.
Please help us increase food education and improve food access in SB at no cost to taxpayers on school or city budgets. Support a healthier community today. Thank You very much!
Carol McQuillen, Executive Director