By Elisa Bosley
On a recent beautiful Saturday afternoon, happy kids, parents, and other community members descended on Isabelle Farm in Lafayette, Colo., for great food, farm-based fun and live music. All proceeds from ticket sales, hayrides, crafts and more went to Growe Foundation's Garden to Table program, which helps elementary schools start their own organic gardens, complete with lesson plans on healthy food and the environment for teachers to integrate into their regular curriculum.
According to Growe founder Bryce Brown, however, this event was "less about raising money and more about getting kids on the farm." (New Hope Natural Media was one of the sponsors; I'm so proud!)
Wish you were there? Check out these pictures and learn more about what we hope becomes an annual event.
I'm pictured here with Growe founder Bryce Brown, who came from a healthcare management background, which led to his epiphany that "good health has to start with kids." With its commitment to a village approach—involving parents, schools, children, and community supporters—Growe is working to establish organic gardens and lesson plans in every elementary school in Boulder, with a scalable model for beyond. Right now they're at 17 out of 34 schools, and counting!
The primary motivation behind the farm day, said Growe founder Brown, was to get children to experience a live, working farm. "It's all about the kids," he says.
Isabelle Farm, a local and organic business in Lafayette, Colo., was the event's main sponsor. I managed to score some late-season organic peaches and excellent peppers from their farm stand. (Next up: My Halloween pumpkin.)
One favorite activity: making zucchini cars. (And you thought there was no way to use up all that zucchini!) Races on a nearby ramp proved fast and furious.
Here's how you customize a zucchini car, with nontoxic art supplies courtesy of Clementine Studios.
Some of Boulder's most renowned chefs, including Antonio Laudisio and Hosea Rosenberg, brought their talents to the table working with local ingredients and other sponsors. Here, a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich; chicken sausage, courtesy of sponsor Whole Foods; and Rosenberg's famous apple-cabbage slaw.
Growe supporter and Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg manned his station with gusto, creating delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled veggies, and even grilled watermelon with pomegranate seeds.
Hayrides and farm tours provided attendees with a closeup look at a working organic farm.
Face painting: a perennially popular activity.
Boulder's School of Rock provided the first set of live music—I loved that these kids contributed to the focus and ownership of the event.
Thanks to photographer Beth Ricciardi, boo-creative.com & SBB photo.