Charity of the Month: The Growing Project
9 years ago, a young woman working on her Masters Degree at CSU approached us with an idea: what if we were able to provide healthy, sustainable food for impoverished people living in “food deserts.” Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers. The Growing Project was aspiring to provide Fort Collins the perfect way to endow our community with fresh produce and help insure healthy soil systems which lead to a healthy watershed, and beer made from the best water! We are so proud that we were able to contribute the first ever monetary donation to this amazing agency and have supported its success ever since.
The Growing Project has achieved a permanent home out at Hope Farms and continues to engage our community by utilizing property to grow healthy food, free farmers’ markets/stands to distribute the food to those in need, classes on agriculture and education for food preparation.
On Tuesday, May 2nd, we will host a fundraiser in our tap room for The Growing Project. Please join us at 7:00pm and learn from the farmers, gardeners and committed TGP fans what this group is really all about!
TIP JAR: The FoCo Cafe
Following the lead of Brad and Libby of the SAME Cafe in Denver, Jeff and Kathleen have created FoCo Cafe for Fort Collins: a space to serve food to folks from every walk of life where they feel like they belong, the food, albeit healthy and delicious, almost feels secondary to the ambience in the FoCo Cafe. As a patron, you are given the opportunity to pay what you can, volunteer to be fed or pay it forward (paying what you think is a fair price for your lunch and contributing a little extra for those in need. The food is fresh and tasty, sourced as locally as possible and most is provided through donations from local farmers, The Food Coop, Sprouts and Wholefoods. Through Jeff’s creative touch, he turns these piece-meal offerings into delicious fare not to be missed! On the BEST days, you can even find 90 Shilling Green Chile and at one point he made a cheddar soup with our Loose Leaf, Session Ale; YUM! Please join them for the most pleasant meal in town at 225 Maple Street.