COMMON ROOTS ANNOUNCES CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT SIX FOOD EDUCATION AND FOOD ACCESS PROGRAMS
South Burlington Farm to School Program has raise $26k towards $75k goal, requests community support
South Burlington. Common Roots, a local South Burlington based nonprofit committed to food education and food access, announced today that their on-line crowd-funding campaign to support their food education and food security efforts is off to a impressive start with $24k raised to date. Common Roots, founded in 2008, is a nonprofit organization in South Burlington, VT with a dynamic mission to foster the relationships amongst farmers, educators, youth, families, and the wider community through place-based education and service programs.
According to Common Roots founder and director, Carol McQuillen, who until this year was a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Orchard Elementary, “Common Roots is about providing several avenues for children, parents, staff and community to participate in food education from soil to consumption and to build the capacity to provide a growing volume of food for families, our schools, and our programs. The organization’s programming strengthens and supports our local food systems, provides food security, and affirms our local environment. “
Farm to School. Lessons in 50+ classrooms (900+ students), each month (9) for 8 years, with hands-on recipe production and taste tests = 64,800 individual lessons.
Farm to Go. Student-chef lessons for middle school students in six-week courses make dinner for their family. Each course is 5-6 weeks with 7 or 8 students preparing food for 35 family members average each lesson for 8 years = 11,200 meals.
Community Food Shares. Free 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 growing season raised by our education farmer and staff. They also receive food each week (entering year 4) 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 for 3 years).
Growing Gardens, Growing Kids – Farm Education: 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 goal of our tenacious campaign is to purchase the necessary equipment for our programs, to continue with hands-on gardening and farm-based learning for students. Our long-term goals is for programs to become self-sustaining in 3 years,” said McQuillen. “Please help us us increase food education and improve food access in South Burlington at no cost to taxpayers on school or city budgets.”
The campaign kicked off Friday September 8th with a generous 5k donation from the DoubleTree/Hilton in South Burlington. Common Roots has now raised $24k towards the $75k goal. The campaign runs through the end of October. To donate, please visit https://www.youcaring.com/comm