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The Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief is a partnership of many institutions and organizations. As partners, we combine our assets and strengths to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables available to hunger relief organizations. In the process, we provide formal and informal educational opportunities to the community regarding large-scale food production.
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Vegetable Production

Vegetable Production

Seasonal fresh vegetables are among the hardest foods to acquire by hunger relief agencies. As part of the Western Colorado Community College (WCCC) program in sustainable agriculture, WCCC students and paid student interns will plant and manage commercial-scale vegetable plots for distribution to three clients. In a mixed model of entrepreneurship and service learning, students will work with WCCC Dining Services, currently managed by Sodexo, and the Mesa County Valley School District’s Nutrition Services Department to establish a program of direct sales, with the proceeds from those sales reinvested in equipment and projects that will expand production. Students will also work with the Food Bank of the Rockies to grow the vegetables most desired by hunger relief agencies: dark leafy greens, melons, green beans and sweet corn. This service learning internship, unlike any in Mesa County today, is substantively equivalent to small and large-scale commercial distribution; however, it has the intrinsic reward that the effort the students put forth in their internship positively affects the health of the local community.