Thai Nguyen came to the Family Leadership Training Institute in 2018 with a passion to start a community garden at her sons’ Montessori school. Two years later she is leading the work to reduce food waste, while improving food justice and health equity!
“As the founder of Kaizen Food Rescue, Thai Nguyen has taken her life path and paved it full circle. Kaizen Food Rescue is a part of her healing journey. It was created with the premise of a refugee helping other refugees and families in need- simultaneously helping the planet. Thai lived in 4 refugee camps in 4 different countries before making it to the states. With the kindness shown to her and many others from Doctors Without Borders, the groundwork was laid and projected Thai’s North star.”
Want to make a difference in food security? Join Thai in the work as a volunteer and/or make a donation in a friend’s name for the holidays!
Due to scheduling demands, the Jeffco Fairgrounds and CSU Extension offices are changing their four-day business week to Tuesday-Friday with Mondays being closed to the public starting in 2021.
Please check Jeffco Fairgrounds’ website or CSU Extension’s website for normal business hours before visiting. When entering our offices, you must follow all social distancing directions and wear a face covering to adhere to the current local and state public health orders.
Houseplant Tips and Tricks
Indoor houseplants can add some wonderful color and provide a small boost during the darker months of winter. One thing to keep in mind is that there is no one size fits all rule for watering your houseplants. This is due to differences in soil, plant needs, humidity, and other conditions; one technique to properly water your plants is to provide water when the top inch or two of soil is dry to the touch. In addition, during this especially dry and cold period, it can also be helpful to group plants which prefer high humidity together and even place them on trays filled with gravel and water in order to increase humidity. Learn more!
23 New Farmers Graduate from Building My Sustainable Farm Business
The 2020 BSFB class is one of the most diverse classes we have ever had in both participation as well as intent. Food justice, food access and barriers to entry into farming were all areas reflected in the business plans completed. Most of the class will be farming in 2021 and contributing to the food system in a deliberate and well-planned way.
Class participants spent 10 weeks of virtual learning and discussing financing a farm, production planning, developing a marketing plan, learning grant writing and overcoming barriers to entering the food system from local farmers, food and agriculture professionals and extension staff. They graduated by presenting a finished business plan for their farm.
Lifestyles of the Differently Abled- An Intersectionality Town Hall
The Jeffco 4-H Mentoring Program hosted a wonderful town hall about the Lifestyles of the Differently Abled which featured 8 panelists who brought differing views, resources and information to the discussion. We partnered with Arc of Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, Jeffco 4-H, Park County 4-H and more to put on this event. It was a great start to a new series by the Hutchinson/Green Mountain 4-H Club which will be featuring one-on-one interviews by 4-H youth. We were honored to have Dr. Temple Grandin lend her expertise and visit us that night. For more information, contact Lisa Stavig.
Landscaping with Natives Conference
Registration is now OPEN for the 2021 Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference! Featured speakers include David Salman and Marcia Tatroe. This year’s conference will be virtual on February 27. Register early to ensure your spot!
Registration opens January 1 for ENOR Environmental Discovery Camp, the best way for your kids to experience the outdoors this summer. This award-winning camp is open to 4th-6th graders who are interested in exploring nature while learning about science, math, history, drama, art, and teamwork. This year, we are excited to announce ENOR: Teens in the WILD, an exciting one-week opportunity for youth entering 7th-9th grades. Learn more