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Urban Roots collaborates with Great Basin Community Food Coop

By Miriam Hodgman

778647_10151308466518860_1813158760_oUrban Roots collaborates with the Great Basin Community Food Coop to offer a family-based educational workshop. Eight families whose children attend Urban Roots’ educational programs such as Farm Camp and Farm School will tour the Coop on Thursday, October 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Families will participate in hands-on activities to learn tips to prepare nutritionally balanced meals. The tour will focus on creative meal planning utilizing seasonally appropriate fresh vegetables from local sources.

“The goal of the workshop is to encourage families to explore healthy alternatives on a budget,” says Jenny Angius, Scholarship Coordinator at Urban Roots.

Families will be challenged to consider time and costs to make healthy meals for the family from the Coop’s organic bulk section.

With tips gained from this workshop, Urban Roots and the Great Basin Community Food Coop hope to make our local food system welcoming and accommodating to families needs.

This will be the first of upcoming workshops to provide a link from Urban Roots’ education programs, to our many local farms and organic sources, to families’ plates across our community.

The workshop is part of Urban Roots’ Community Supported Education scholarship program to provide opportunities for families in need to have young children attend Urban Roots for academic enrichment and hands-on nutrition education.

This program has been made possible with support from generous grants and donations from our community. Scholarship families participating in the tour will also receive a yearlong membership to the coop and a $50 grocery food stipend so they are able to immediately implement new ideas that they have learned.

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