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Announcing GreenLeaf’s 2014 Harvest Campaign & Fifth Anniversary Celebration!

September 15, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Pumpkin Harvest

Did you know that GreenLeaf is celebrating our 5-year anniversary?! Did you know that in the past five years GreenLeaf has:

  • Provided leadership and food justice training for over 50 youth ages 14-18, over 25% of whom have participated for over a year
  • Harvested nearly 10,000 pounds of healthy, local produce
  • Donated over 15% of the harvest to hunger-relief organizations
  • Sold nearly 50% of the harvest at affordable prices to our neighbors in NE Denver’s food deserts
  • Benefitted from over 11,000 hours of volunteer support
  • Raised 10% of our annual budget from the generous donations of people like you!

WOW! So what’s next? Here’s what we want to do over the NEXT five years:

  • Grow more food! Explore season-extension and intensive growing techniques to expand our harvest
  • Grow our youth! Expand the GreenLeaf youth leadership pipeline to include leadership training opportunities beyond high school
  • Grow our community! Build partnerships with local businesses, and provide workshops for the community, and involve our neighbors in our plans for the future

So what can YOU do to celebrate and support GreenLeaf’s powerful work? First, help us raise $20,000 by October 15! A generous donor has gifted us with $10,000 to kick off the campaign, so we are already half way there! Here’s what our donor has to say:

“I am involved with GreenLeaf because I see that the work they are doing inspires young people to feel that they are valued members of our culture. Learning about urban farming and food justice gives people a sense that they are part of the greater community in which we live.”

Here are three simple ways to contribute to the campaign:

  1. DONATE ONLINE through our campaign on the Beanstalk Foundation (Click Here to Donate)
  2. SEND A CHECK to GreenLeaf, 1368 26th Street, Denver, CO 80205
  3. JOIN US for our Five Year Anniversary/Harvest party Saturday Sept. 27th (Click Here to RSVP)

Regardless of the level of your gift, you and yours are invited to join us for our Five Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, September 27! We’ll be kicking it GreenLeaf style from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Sustainability Park Farm (25th and Lawrence) with youth-led games and farm tours, and of course delicious local food and libations including cider from Stem Ciders.

Can we count on you to help us reach our goal by making a donation online, through the mail, or at our celebration? We wouldn’t be GreenLeaf without your support!

In community,

Cody Signature

Cody Meinhardt
Executive Director

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New MenTern at GreenLeaf!

September 5, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hi GreenLeaf Community-

I am Robin, a new MenTern (Mentor/Intern) with GreenLeaf.

Robin

Here is a little info about myself:

I came to GreenLeaf as a recommendation from my school, Metropolitan State University, as an internship opportunity as I work towards my MSW degree. The more I read about GreenLeaf, the more I realized that this is a great opportunity for me, and how great this leadership development program really is for the community.

I worked through my undergrad degree at Metro as a Massage Therapist working in a local Day Spa. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006, but realized that even though I like massage, it is not what my heart loves.

I see myself always working with youth, more specifically teens. I eventually want to work with youth coming out of the youth corrections system by doing restorative justice and re-integrative services as they transition back into mainstream society.

Through the next year I will be working with the youth to find new ways to reach out to the community, plan for next year’s planting season, and help with farm work.

I have 2 cats (Bonnie & Clyde), and 1 Puppy (Knoble) at home. I like breakfast cereal to be dry instead of with milk (Crunch Berries are my favorite), I love reading, and even though I live in Colorado I don’t ski or snowboard.

I look forward to meeting more members of the GreenLeaf family in the coming months.

See you on the Farm,

Robin

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GreenLeaf’s Farm Stand is Back in Action!!

July 18, 2014 · Leave a Comment

It has been a busy, busy spring and summer at GreenLeaf — from transitioning to new leadership, to hiring new youth crew members, to planning and planting our farm at the Sustainability Park — and we are excited to let you know that all this hard work is culminating in the kickoff of our 2014 Farm Stand!

Cabbage

Cabbage fresh from the field.

Beginning Saturday, July 26th, we will be selling our fresh-picked, organic, affordable veggies and fruit at the S-Park (25th and Lawrence, Denver 80205) from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The Farm Stand will be open every Saturday through October 4th or until the first hard frost, whichever is earlier. Come visit the farm and get some fresh veg, all while supporting the development of powerful youth leaders fighting for food justice!

To learn more, contact Cody or stop by the farm any Saturday morning.

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GreenLeaf’s new director!

December 18, 2013 · Leave a Comment

We are SO excited to announce GreenLeaf’s new Director!

After a great hiring process with many talented candidates, the GreenLeaf youth, staff, and board have unanimously invited Cody Meinhardt to become GreenLeaf’s new Director:

Cody, GreenLeaf's new director!

Cody, GreenLeaf’s new director!

Cody Meinhardt carries a strong commitment to social justice and a deep belief in the healing power of community. He grew up in a small town outside Kansas City, where he had his first agricultural experiences digging in the backyard garden with his mother and father and visiting the cattle on his grandparents’ farm. After studying French and Public Policy at DePaul University in Chicago and spending a year abroad in Paris, Cody moved to Denver to join the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. Through this program Cody began working at EarthLinks, where he has spent the last three years building community and honing his management skills in service to adults experiencing homelessness and economic poverty. Cody’s professional experiences and personal hobbies have equipped him with a diverse skill set, including natural beekeeping, organic gardening, community engagement, crafting, marketing and design, administrative know-how, and much more. Cody is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Colorado Denver, hoping to focus the remainder of his studies on the growth and development of GreenLeaf. In his spare time Cody enjoys reading and writing, listening to a wide range of music, and learning to be a better (and healthier) cook. He is thrilled, humbled, and honored to be the next Executive Director of GreenLeaf.

Leah and Cody will be working side by side through January to make sure that Cody gets trained and supported on all the ins and outs of GreenLeaf.

You can welcome Cody yourself at Cody@GreenLeafDenver.org!

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GreenLeaf 2012 Annual Report

July 23, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Click here: GreenLeaf Annual Report 2012 FINAL to download GreenLeaf’s most recent Annual Report. We’re so proud of our work, we wanted to share some organizational highlights with you! Let us know what you think – and get in touch to get involved! Leah@GreenLeafDenver.org

You can also click through the pages using these icons:

 

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THANK YOU GREENLEAF SUPPORTERS!

May 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Remember this?!

Thank you all so much for your support and help with our Indigogo Campaign and Dance Your Plants Off! ! !
GreenLeaf raised  more than $11,000 to support urban youth farmers in their endeavor to grow 3,000 lbs of food for their communities next year!

And, in case you were wondering, there are 7 languages in that video: English, ASL, Spanish, Italian, Lakota, Russian, and French!

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It’s ON like Chlorophyll on Plants: Dance Your Plants Off is rescheduled, and our 2013 Funding Campaign is LIVE!

April 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Great News!

1) Our Dance Your Plants Off event has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, April 27

7:30 pm to Midnight

Green Spaces: 1368 26th Street

There will be live music, a silent auction, local beer and tasty treats! The GreenLeaf youth will be DJ-ing the Dance Party portion of the evening, from 9:30 to Midnight. Suggested donation is $15 at the door or online, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

2) Our 2013 online Fundraising campaign is now LIVE at IndieGogo.com!

This year’s campaign features our newest video – a music video that the youth wrote and produced, call “Tomato” (toe-mah-toe). It’s worth a watch (or three million) and will definitely make you laugh.

GreenLeaf counts on the support of our community to keep doing what we do. Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 from donations of all sizes. Please give as generously as you can!

 

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GreenLeaf youth practicing First-Aid and CPR skills!!

January 29, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Youth practicing how to splint each other using materials found on the daily in an urban environment.

Youth practicing how to splint each other using materials found on the daily in an urban environment.

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2013’s: Off To a Strong Start!

January 29, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Since returning from winter break, GreenLeaf youth have been in full swing of preparing for what the summer will bring. Decisions including what seeds need to be purchased, what the youth want to grow, how the CSA should operate and how tracking can be done more efficiently are all being discussed. The EdOps team continues teaching an elective course at a local high school, covering topics including food justice (including the food system), health and nutrition, and agricultural practices. The youth structure class-time as if they were taking part in a typical Saturday session at GreenLeaf — game-playing is obviously a must!
The entire youth crew took part in a CPR/First-Aid 2-part certification course, in which they practiced bandaging, splinting, doing CPR, as well as what head injuries and hypothermia could look like. These medical discussions are especially pertinent as we head into summertime — heat exhaustion is common and after this training, the youth expressed feeling more confident in their ability to help themselves and each other. Knowing to stay on top of hydration, wearing appropriate layers and being aware of the warning signs associated with heat stroke/heat exhaustion will aid each youth and adult in preventing both short-term and long-term medical consequences.

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Shopping for gifts? GreenLeaf 2013 Calendar now available! (Wowza!!)

December 13, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Hello dear friends, volunteers, and supporters of GreenLeaf,

We’re so proud to tell you that 2012, as hoped, has been our best year yet! From a fantastic growing season with twelve fabulous youth farmers to a backpacking adventure (the first camping experience for many of our youth), to donating hundreds of pounds of produce to local hunger relief organizations, our youth crew has done amazing work. And we could not have done it without your help and support. Thank you!

In celebration of our wonderful 2012, and looking forward to the adventures 2013 will bring, we have produced a GreenLeaf 2013 Calendar. It’s lovely – 13 full color images (and a few bonus photos) of GreenLeaf throughout the year. It would make a wonderful gift from you to yourself, or anyone in your life!

 

It’s a bargain at only $12! That’s only $1 per month, with a bonus month for free!!! And, best of all, proceeds support GreenLeaf!

Top 12 reasons to get a GreenLeaf 2013 Calendar:

1. The photos will make you laugh, cry, and happy every time you look at them

2. You may become inspired to grow your own garden. Or just eat more veggies. Or just laugh at our silly cheeto beards (that’s right)
4. It helps babies sleep through the night*

3. Images of food, farming, and summer fun in the cold of winter will keep you going even without the vitamin D from actual sunlight

5. It includes important holidays you won’t want to forget, such as Talk Like A Pirate Day

6. Calendar is spiral bound to lay flat against your attractively decorated wall

7. It makes bearded men absurdly happy*

8. Calendars can be important tools for helping you remember important concepts like time, and important dates like Pi day

9. Buying calendars for all of your friends and family members and writing your own birthday in them increases your chances of receiving more birthday gifts by 207%*

10. Upon receiving calendars, recipients are likely to experience uncontainable joy bursting forth from their hearts*

11. You know you want one

12. It helps support GreenLeaf!

 

So now that you want to order one or one hundred, here’s how:

o Email Leah@GreenLeafDenver.org to tell her how many you want and arrange payment

o If you email her by Monday, December 17 at 1pm you can get local Denver pickup/delivery by December 21.

o Non-local calendar orders will be shipped if you ask really nicely and pay for postage, but unfortunately we can’t guarantee that they’ll arrive by December 25th (sorry)

 

* These statements have not been evaluated at all

 

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