Colorado State University Research Farms

Good morning, friends of Care and Share!
As you know, the food we distribute throughout Southern Colorado comes from many sources. We often have to get creative to find new collaborations that will allow us to get more food to more people in more places, such as working with universities, farms, and our sister food banks in Colorado. 
Our partnership with the Colorado State University (CSU) research farms was started by Karen McManus, Food Resource Manager for Community Food Share in Lousiville. CSU has eight research centers in this state. 

Through this partnership, we had the opportunity to glean some onions from a farm in the Arkansas Valley. Normally, these onions would have been left in the field to compost into the ground for next year’s harvest. 
                      
But in three hours, Karen, Care and Share’s Resource Manager, and 12 US Air Force Cadets gleaned 12,468 lbs of onions! These were shared with Community Food Share.



With some hard work and a lot of love, we rescued food that would have otherwise gone to waste to nourish our Southern Colorado neighbors at risk of hunger. We plan to do this again next year, and are excited to see our relationships with CSU research farms across the state grow. 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!  

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