Healthy Food for Everyone
The Center for Food Justice & Healthy Communities is the first of its kind in Colorado, offering educational programs to Regis students and area residents to introduce the reasons for producing food and building community food systems. This program sets itself apart from other academic programs in that it teaches not only the business of urban agriculture, but also includes coursework in food justice and permaculture, which has three core tenets:
- Care for the earth
- Care for the people
- Return of surplus
The Center will foster the development of practical skills and community organizing techniques to embolden students to creatively respond to challenges posed by food insecurity and food injustice.
In partnership with Aria Denver and UrbiCulture Community Farms, the Center maintains a vegetable and herb garden on the Aria Denver campus. Garden produce is sold at a pay-as-you-can farm stand and is distributed to local nonprofits. Future plans include expansion to a production garden, which will also sell food to commercial accounts, and adding permaculture community gardens.
In addition to the Aria gardens, a school community garden will also be installed at Beach Court Elementary School in the Chaffee Park neighborhood. Denver Urban Gardens (D.U.G.) will help plan the school community garden, which will serve as an outdoor classroom for students to learn the benefits of growing and eating fresh produce.