Creating a Local Food System…and learning how to create social and environmental change along the way

The Fort Lewis College (FLC) Environmental Center’s Campus Garden in Durango, Colorado is home not only to organic veggies and herbs, but also to two Local Food Fellows. These dedicated students learn how food systems create environmental and social change….by ultimately building their own. Throughout their time in our garden and greenhouse, our Local Food Fellows discover the in’s and out’s of sustainable food production. They also distribute what they’ve produced to the people who need it the most and ultimately share their newly acquired knowledge through free workshops.

In the meantime, our Fellows’ view of the world deepens, they become stronger individuals and engage as committed citizens. Current Fellow, Kelly Ann Maes, believes her work matters because, “securing Local Food in this area is vital to the health and wellness of all community members and youth in particular as they are the future”.

This year, our Sow It Forward grant enabled the Local Food Fellows to expand what Fellow, Duke Jackson, loves the most: “creating positive change in our community”. As a result of our revitalized greenhouse and hoop structures, we have extended our growing season and can provide more food and education to individuals in need. Thank you, Kitchen Gardeners International!


Greenhouse and Hoop House Remodel Hoop Houses_S15 Squash Starts_S15 Kelly Ann & Duke Greenhouse interior

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