Charity of the Month – Estes Valley Community Garden

Charity of the Month: Estes Valley Community Garden

EVCG Building Gardens

(Photo credit: Estes Valley Community Gardens)

There is no better way to have food security than to grow it yourself, add the cherished element of community and the project takes on a deeper meaning. Estes Valley Community Garden exemplifies the commitment that we here at Odell have to quality work, independence and collaboration. For a few years now the good folks of Estes Park have been researching ways to connect people and Earth through a laundry list of the best reads on gardening (and at high altitude!). Some of the literature that got this group inspired includes Bill McKibben’s Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Allan Weisman’s Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth, and Rob Hopkins’ The Transition Handbook, as well as many others. The mission of the Estes Valley Community Garden (EVCG) “is to enrich the individual, social, and environmental health of the residents of the Estes Valley through gardening and gardening knowledge, by providing residents the opportunity to plant, grow, and gather some of their own food, and to become a more sustainable community.” Cheers to that!

The gardeners broke ground in November last year, just deposited their first load of top soil in April and could use your help! To volunteer, visit here: http://www.evcg.org/#!volunteer/cmnw

Breaking Ground EVCG

(Photo credit: Estes Valley Community Gardens)

For more information on the garden please visit: http://www.evcg.org/

For more information on our Charities of the Month program, you can reach out to Karla Baise at karla@odellbrewing.com

Tip Jar: Hunger Free Colorado  

Hunger Free Colorado

(Photo credit: Hunger Free Colorado)

The name says it all, though I would probably amend with “and great beer for all!” After all, beer is food. We are gathering tips from our guests in our tap room this month and paying them forward to Hunger Free Colorado to contribute to the health and well-being of all Coloradoans. This amazing and dynamic group aims to “leverage the power of collaboration, systems change, policy change and social change to end hunger in Colorado.” We hope that you will swing by the tap room for a pint and leave your change for change!

You can learn more here: http://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

Sproutin’ Up!

Growing a garden seems like a daunting task, but it does not need to be. It can provide a lot of food for you and your family all while teaching invaluable skills. Our Charity of the Month is Sproutin’ Up, a program to help improve the health of low-income families in Larimer County by reducing barriers and improving access to fresh produce while creating sustainable community gardens, connecting families and neighborhoods. The program helps nurtures kids through gardening.

 

global explorers.plantingSproutin’ Up teaches kids how to plant a garden, care for the fruits and vegetables, and then harvest them when they are ready and bring back to share with their communities.  It also teaches the kids how to cook and prepare the foods once they get home. It helps support kids in our own communities and their neighborhoods.

The program currently has six locations where they grow food and six locations where they offer free farmers’ markets:

 

 

 

 

 

We are growing food at the following locations:

-The Food Bank for Larimer County

– Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park

– Wellington Middle School

– Sproutin’ Up HeadquartersSproutin Up 1

– Bucking Horse CSA

– Buckingham Community Garden

 

We will be offering free farmers’ markets at the following locations:

– Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park

– Wellington Middle School

– Collins Aire Mobile Home Park

– Buckingham Neighborhood

– St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

– Salud Family Health Center

anne2

“We are also starting our new Junior Garden Leader program for youth who have been in our Apprenticeship Program for at least two years. We’ll be highlighting their work throughout the summer, including our first mobile farmers’ market. In addition, we’ll be doing our Youth Apprenticeship program with up to 40 middle schoolers who get to learn gardening skills and nutrition education,” said Sproutin’ Up’s founder, Anne Genson.  “We’ve almost completed the new garden at Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park and it’s so exciting. This site has be ten years in the making and came about because the kids asked for a garden in their neighborhood – how cool!”

This month, Campus West is also teaming up with us to give back to Sproutin’ Up. They are giving $.50 for every case sold to help support the program.

To learn more about the program, visit their website here.

 

April is Volunteer Month

 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

1383945_10151652270431104_1146901958_n

There are many things we take pride in here at Odell: making each beer better than the last, creating a great place to work, and giving back to our communities. Odell Brewing Company is committed to contributing to the well-being and prosperity of the people, communities and environment within our distribution area. Our charitable program helps to accomplish this goal. It is managed by a team of co-workers who meet quarterly to choose which agencies to support.  Our primary areas of interest for donations include:

  • Humanitarian
    • Children-at-risk
    • Single parent families
    • Elderly
  • Environmental
  • Educational

Each month we choose a different charity to give to. If you have ever purchased a taster tray in our tap room, you too have contributed to our goal of giving back to the community. All of the proceeds from our taster trays and tips help fund our charitable program (thank YOU for trying our beers)! Our charities of the month for April focus on education:

The United Way/ Teaching Tree (Larimer County, Education)

The philosophy of Teaching Tree is to provide a stimulating and respectful environment for preschool aged children. They are able to adjust tuition based on the ability to pay

Teach for America (Denver, Education) Change is Possible

We can provide an excellent education for kids in low-income communities. Although 16 million American children face the extra challenges of poverty, an increasing body of evidence shows they can achieve at the highest levels.

Tips: Be FRANK Foundation (Bayfield, Education)

Be FRANK (For the Recreational and Artistic Needs of Kids) Foundation strives to provide opportunities for area youth through fine arts, environmental and outdoor education, and athletics. We strive to encourage our youth to live meaningful and purposeful lives by getting them involved in activities that stimulate their minds and get them in touch with their communities.

Odell Outreach

There are many other ways to give back to your community. Here at Odell Brewing Company, we encourage our co-workers to get out and volunteer. We also LOVE working with others in our community and encourage all of you to join. Check out opportunities to volunteer through our Odell Outreach Program.  We host events throughout the year and invite people to join us. We are, also, a proud member of The United Way Business Cares program. If you would like to join us in a project, learn more information about our giving program, or just give back, check out our Philanthropy page.  We are always excited to meet new people, give back, and enjoy a pint after our hard work is complete! Thanks to all of you who have joined us already!

IMG_1728