Growing Colorado Kids works with refugee youth to cultivate leadership and teamwork through small scale organic farming and nutritional cooking.
GCK is a group of refugee youth ages 6 - 21 from Metro Denver. The youth work with volunteers and community members to farm a one acre plot, 40 minutes north of Denver. GCK participants have an opportunity to get away from the city, interact with farm animals, learn about natural farming, and prepare nutritional meals fresh from the farm. In addition, the youth learn how to interact with one another and with the volunteers who participate weekly. The youth make critical decisions for the organization and perform all farm duties including animal husbandry, garden planning, building of sturctures, and caring for a colony of bees.
In 2010 GCK became a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, eligible to receive nonprofit contributions under CNDC's 501(c)(3) status. The youth donate fresh produce they have grown to Brighton Shares the Harvest and the SAME Cafe in Denver, helping feed those in need in addition to helping feed their own families.
Growing Colorado Kids originated in 2008 using backyard gardens in northeast Denver where friends and neighbors invited the youth to cultivate produce to supplement lacking food supplies in their homes. The remainder of the produce was donated to the garden hosts and the SAME Cafe in Denver.
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