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The children's gardens at Kids Express are producing a good harvest this summer and the children are raising money to "adopt" a goat by selling some of their produce to families at Kids Express Learning Center. The children ages 4-8 will hold weekly mini farmers markets on the school grounds. The hope is to raise $120.00 for the price of a goat through Heifer International. We have held several farmers markets already this summer and expect to earn the money by the end of the month of September. The children will name the goat and receive email updates about where the goat was placed. Additionally, Heifer International's website provides information about goats and a picture of their sponsored goat.
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Our project is to grow produce such as kale, collards, cabbage, swiss chard, peas and herbs like basil, mint, parsley and more! We will implement Permaculture and Hugelkuktur grow methods. Trainnings and educational workshops will be a collaborative effort between farmers, students and youth.
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TZa’Nia’s issue is trying to prevent hunger, making sure that no one goes hungry. When her older sister started a book club and support group for children of incarcerated parents, she heard families, especially children, talk about being hungry. At her school, she hears kids talk about how they like to come to school each day so they will have food because sometimes they might not have any on the weekend. When she sees people standing on the street with signs begging for money and food, she often starts to cry. Za’Nia is a foster child and she knows what it is like to be hungry, sometimes not having enough food. There have been times when she had to eat her cereal with water because the family didn’t have milk. For a short time, she lived in the homeless shelter. Now when she sees people who are hungry, she will sometimes give them her snack money so they don’t have to be hungry. The residents usually eat breakfast before the leave the facility and if they get back to the facility in the evening in a timely manner, they get a dinner meal. With this project, they would have something for themselves and their children to eat (especially the young ones that do not attend school) during the day while they are away from the shelter. This would also help them on the weekends to have something to eat as well.
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Students will plant and take care of the school garden. They will problem solve as the plants grow and learn about their needs. They will advertise and sell their produce for the purpose of raising money for a local charity in a final "Little Chief Marketplace" at the end of the school year.
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Our project is the establishment of a emergency foo d pantry. We will be using our mini grant to help us in establishing collection routes for our food donation program. The routes will be mapped out and reusable bags will be purchased to be used as collection materials. We currently have a food recovery and redistribution program which target a couple local commuties but we would like a food pantry program to target middle school families that are in need of food resources
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Our project will help the young men in our community have an outlet for their issues by having strong positive male figures to guide them constantly and showing them there are other ways to prosper.
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Our project will promote an alternative lifestyle by demonstrating ways that will help you get back on the right track with your mind body and soul.
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Our project will bring all of the young ladies together in the community to help each other. We will do this by going to the schools and churches reaching them one by one.
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We will know our campaign is successful by the response we receive from our refugee families that are receiving the food. Our class will keep data on what is grown, the rate at which it grows, which fruits and vegetables are wanted the most by families, and what is easiest for our classroom to grow.
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Our project will bring food production to our campus, and be a wonderful addition to the freight farm vertical hydroponic farm we will be running near it. It will bridge the school to community gap by bringing the community onto campus. Our project has the added bonus of bringing some interest and landscape to a drab Colorado school landscape! We intend to surround the garden with native flowering plants to bring pollinators, and bird houses to attract bluebirds.

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