info@mountainrootsfoodproject.org        PO Box 323 Gunnison, CO 81230

Bringing as much fresh, local homemade, and organic food into school meals as possible.

Reconnecting kids to the land by teaching kids what good, nutritious food tastes like, why it is good for them, where it comes from, and how it is grown.

Through partnerships with youth service organizations we  offer rewarding experiences for at-risk and low-income youth, as well as aspiring leaders

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We utilize, teach, and promote organic, sustainable growing methods to produce food , create and preserve green space in residential areas, improve soils, and provide habitats for birds and pollinators. The gardens provide opportunities for community members to engage in food production, strengthen life skills, practice land stewardship, build connections within the community, and become more food-secure.                                          learn more >

Working to address low-income food needs, which are not just about getting food, but getting the right foods, and knowing what to do with them. Helping community members access affordable, fresh, nutritious food that is regionally based and sustainably produced.

Developing and supporting activities that build individual and community self-reliance, foster social justice, promote cultural integration, and preserve farmable land.                                               learn more >

WHAT WE DO

SUSTAINABLE LIVING SHORT COURSES

Aug 30 

Edible Mushrooms

2-6 p.m. at Elk Avenue Garden with mycologist Kira Taylor


Sept 4 

Saurkraut & Kombucha - a Fermentation Workshop

9-11 a.m.  Elk Avenue Garden


Sept 11

Soap, Lotion, and Tinctures from Herbs & Flowers  

9-11 a.m.  Elk Avenue Garden


Sept 20 

Backyard Chicken Bicycle Tour

2-4 p.m. starts at 421  N Boulevard in Gunnison with Jonathan Houck, County Commissioner



KIDS COOK

afterschool culinary classes

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Volunteering with Mountain Roots Food Project is a way to give back to the community, share the camaraderie of like-minded folks, learn new skills, practice what you know, celebrate the seasons, and have a lot of fun!  Our volunteers are all ages, and come from all walks of life. Some Mountain Roots volunteers are one-time-only folks, come come once a week, some volunteer from home doing ‘background’ work like writing articles or graphic design, and others are on-call for special projects like cooking for an event or building a tool shed. We’re always open to new ideas - many of our projects are started by a volunteer with a great idea and the willingness to lead a new project.


Our volunteers also receive an abundance of fresh, local, organic food during the growing season.


DIG, PLANT & GROW

volunteer in our gardens

We are Community Supported and Volunteer Powered!   So many people play a role in putting our projects into action. Our work would not be possible without the on-going support of community partners, generous funding from individuals and businesses and grants,  and our volunteers. Please take a minute while you’re here and check out all the people who are building the local food systems with us.

Mountain Roots always has positions for volunteer leaders and interns.  Our paid positions are very limited - each program is run by a part-time program coordinator and many, many volunteers.  We have one annual position for an Americorps VISTA. Every spring we hire up to four environmental educators and up to four garden coordinators to manage our urban gardens.  Student-centered Internships build capacity for the organization and activate change in the community more quickly by putting projects in motion that would otherwise be on the back burner waiting for funding or staff to lead them.   Please read descriptions thoroughly and we welcome you to contact us about any of the upcoming openings.    

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PAINT, DRAW, SING, SCULPT

art, design, marketing, empty bowls

Get Involved

THINK & PLAN

come to our thinking & planning meetings, or lead a new project

BUILD THINGS

we need you!

SHOP & EAT LOCAL

volunteer at the farmer’s market

COOK

cook for events or for F2S kids

WORK WITH KIDS

volunteer with Farm to School

TYPICAL OPPORTUNITIES 

STAFF

Urban Garden Coordinator [2 openings, part time, seasonal]    Opens in Feb. Starts Mid-March.

Environmental Educators  [4 openings, 3/4 time ]     Opens in Feb. Starts Mid-March.

Food Systems - Sustainable Ag Program Assistant  [1 opening  - full time]   Filled through April 2016.

INTERNSHIPS

Urban Agriculture Internship - a paid 28-week  summer internship with an educational award.     Opens in Feb.       

Farm to School Program Intern - Local Food focus or Environmental Education focus.  FILLED for 2015-16 school year.

PR - Marketing -Communications Internship (2)  one semester: spring, summer, of fall, for credit.    OPEN: rolling applications

Business Venture / Entrepreneur Internship (2) one semester: spring, summer, of fall, for credit.      OPEN: rolling applications

Community Food System Intern -  semester or year-long opportunities  OPEN: Rolling applications.

Please go to “WORK WITH US” to read positions descriptions and to download applications.


What do YOU like to do?  Open the door of possibility ...       Contact us to learn more about these options or to share your idea.

THROW PARTIES

help with our seasonal local foods dinners and other fun events

Your support makes our work possible.  When you make a donation to Mountain Roots, you know that you’re helping to build food security for nearly 10,000 Valley residents. You’re helping improve school meals for 1,200 kids, and helping to build a network of gardens across the Valley that provide food for the people. We triple the value of every dollar with in-kind donations  and over 5,000 volunteer hours. 

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SPONSOR GARDENS, PROJECTS, STUDENTS, OR EVENTS

When your business chooses to become a garden, project, or event sponsor, you send a positive message to the community that you are a business that supports sustainable agriculture, local food, healthy kids, food security, and a vibrant community. People support businesses that support green, community-building efforts like ours.



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ANNUAL REPORT 2014








Our Mountain Roots Annual Report 2014 is now available for viewing or download. Thank you, donors and sponsors, for your support of a successful year.

 

Kids Cook!

[ afterschool culinary classes ]

Fall Session:   Farm to Table


REGISTRATION IS OPEN!


Fresh, fun, and delicious! Young chefs will harvest food from the garden, combine it with seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market, and create delicious recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. 


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BACK to SCHOOL NIGHT

ICE CREAM SOCIAL & GARDEN TOURS


Wednesday, Sept 9     5-7 pm  at GCS and CBCS


Check out what kids have been growing in the Living Classrooms and enjoy a scoop of Mountain Roots Mint Ice Cream on us! (made especially for us by Third Bowl )

 

“I love the nature in the garden. We watched baby tree swallows hatch from eggs, grow up, and learn to fly…”                                  

- Maggie, 9

WHERE ACTIVE LEARNING IS FUN AND DELICIOUS

At the Kids’ Farm Stand on the final day of Farm-to-Table camp, kids proudly stand behind baskets of fresh produce, jams, pickles, and baked goods, professing their merits to customers. “We have fresh broccoli, not store-bought,” beamed Lillian Brodie, 11, “and peach-mint jam, and it’s soooo good.”

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Check out the funny things kids have to say about digging in the dirt, kohlrabi, and more ...