“building the soil and soul of community”
Common Roots provides several dynamic venues 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 our local food systems, provides food education, 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 Common Roots brings children to the Farm at South Village for farm and food education experiences with a growing number of teachers integrating curriculum on the land.
“The goal of our participation in Giving Tuesday is to secure the funds for our signature Farm to School program and our Community Food Shares program, both in their ninth year. Our long-term program goal is to become self-sustaining in 3 years,” said McQuillen, Executive Director. “Please help us increase food education and improve food access in South Burlington at no cost to taxpayers on school or city budgets.”