The Vegetable Connection Inc

Connecting Food, Families and Farms

Fort Collins, CO   |  www.thevegetableconnection.org

Mission

To improve Larimer County’s food resilience by supporting families in need through food education and assisting with access to locally grown food from our partner farms!

Ruling year info

2011

Interim Executive Director

Scott Hapner

Co Principal Officer

Claudia DeMarco

Main address

913 Kimball Rd

Fort Collins, CO 80521 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Happy Heart Farm Inc

EIN

27-0168821

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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Feeding the Families

Assisting low-income families with obtaining vegetable shares from local farms. In addition, the families receive opportunities to attend interactive workshops presented by The Food School, including preparation and preservation of the vegetables they receive.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The goal of the Food School is to increase awareness and knowledge of the impacts food choices have on health, environment and community.

Education is provided to students in the Poudre School District through two different methods. Food School uses our curriculum the Science of Gardening, which meets state standards, with all the children in an elementary school. The activities take place in the school garden and classroom. We work with the children for 8 weeks in the spring and 8 in the fall. Each week the children receive 45 minutes of instruction based on grade level requirements. Teachers are involved in learning how to use the curriculum for the future. The curriculum stays with each class and we are available for consults.

Single classroom presentations are also available on a variety of topics to engage children at all age levels. An example of one of the topics is “Sweeten Your Sugar Smarts”.

Adult education is provided to the families in our Feeding the Families program. These workshops are interactive and include topics on preparation and preservation. Sitting down and eating what we prepare and sharing our stories are a part of the workshops.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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The Vegetable Connection Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melissa Buderus

Poudre School District

Term: 2016 - 2019

Bill DeMarco

Bill DeMarco Music

Charlene Horton-Garcia

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes