Growing Colorado Kids was founded in 2008 by Chris and Denise Lines to address the hunger faced by refugee youth in Metro Denver. At first, the program utilized inner-city garden plots to grow food for refugee families. In 2013, Growing Colorado Kids moved to a 5-acre farm in Commerce City. With the addition of farm animals and a colony of bees, refugee youth are now provided time away from the challenges of city and family life for the enjoyment of fresh air, nutritious fresh food, and the opportunity to gain invaluable life skills, nutrition education, and farming acumen. GCK is a proud project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.
We value teamwork, community building, nutrition, natural growing, and public service. These tenets guide our decision-making, programming, and visioning and have led to fruitful outcomes. In the 2017 season we served 22 refugee youth, sent home 1,651 pounds of prepared food, harvested 3,762 pounds of fresh naturally grown produce, shared 2,264 farm fresh chicken eggs, and collected 16 pounds of honey! This outcome is a result of the 4,327 volunteer hours, thank you volunteers! The bounty went home with our youth and to our partner nonprofit organizations, SAME Cafe and Brighton Shares The Harvest.
Why Growing Colorado Kids?
Refugees are forced to flee their homes and countries because of persecution, war, and violence. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014, 51% of whom were children under the age of 18. Colorado happens to be a major state for refugee resettlement with upwards of 2,400 refugees resettled every year, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Most of these refugees find homes in Denver where life is very different from what they have ever known. That is why Growing Colorado Kids exists: to provide refugee youth a community of support where they gain a sense of belonging and vital skills needed to navigate life in the United States. All of the youth participants qualify for free and reduced lunch. So, in addition to developing leadership, teamwork, and scholastic abilities, they work collaboratively to grow food for their families.
CONTACT US AT:
Growing Colorado Kids
30141 E 128th Ave
Commerce City, CO 80022
Thank you for your interest to grow together with Growing Colorado Kids! Here are the ways you can get involved with us today!
- Serve As A Board Member
- Join A Committee
- Participate with Fundraising Goals
- Take a Tour - Learn more about what we're doing and take a 1 hour farm tour (suggested minimum donation of $20)
- Sponsor A Farm Meal
- Shop from our Amazon Wish List
- Sign up for our eNewsletter
- Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Growing Colorado Kids is always on the move. Below is a small selection of what we've been up to!
Keep current with the Farm by reading our Newsletter
Donations are integral to the success of Growing Colorado Kids and we are proud to have an active network of donors all across the country. Your contributions make our mission possible! We welcome financial donations, in-kind donations, gifts from our Amazon wish list and donations of your time as a volunteer.
No matter the number, when you donate to Growing Colorado Kids, you are supporting the refugee community of Colorado to thrive. Donate today and see how far your dollar can go!
- $200 can provide transportation for our youth to and from the farm on one Farm Saturday.
- $100 can provide a meal for 40 on a Farm Saturday, plus sufficient leftovers for each of our 15 youth to take home.
- $50 can provide materials for building, arts and crafts, and resources for experiential learning projects.
- $20 can pay for a pair of new farm shoes for one GCK youth.
- $10 can provide a 10 pack of seeds or 5 garden transplants.