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Support the Edible Schoolyard project

Dear Editor:

We’d like to take this opportunity to inform our community about an amazing development that is occurring at Roaring Fork High School.

Michael Thompson of Fat City Farmers – along with Jerome Osentowski, Lynn Rouff, Ilene Pevic and others – have teamed up to create the Edible Schoolyard: Greenhouse and Garden Project. The goal of the project is to educate students on how to grow and raise food in a healthy, organic way that will sustain our community and promote our collective health.

The Edible Schoolyard team has already received approval from the school district and has begun implementing a curriculum-integrated gardening program for the high school students. The project includes an outdoor garden area and a greenhouse for year round growing. A more long-term goal is to create a CSA from within the project that will provide organic fruits and vegetables directly to the community. The benefits of the project are multi-fold: a community based project, a new hands-on element to the school curriculum, organic food production, and life skills for the students.

We at CORE wholeheartedly agree with this effort and have offered financial and staff support. However, the Edible Schoolyard team is actively looking for further support in order to get the project up and running as quickly as possible. If you would like to learn more or contribute, please contact Fat City Farmers – http://www.fatcityfarmers.org. We hope you can support this unique opportunity for current and future students.

While we have your attention, we also want to mention that CORE has recently released a revamped version of our website – http://www.aspencore.org. While some components of the site are still under construction, one exciting new feature is the Green Events Calendar, which features local and regional “green” events. We hope this will provide a new resource for those looking to become more educated and involved with energy and conservation issues. Finally, CORE has also just completed a brand new Carbondale specific site – http://www.carbondaleenergy.com, which features progress on Carbondale’s Energy Plan, updates to the Efficient Building Code, local incentives and tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Thanks to everyone involved with the Edible Schoolyard Project!

Josh Smith

Carbondale Energy Manager

Nathan Ratledge

CORE

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