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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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K-12 STEM Education Enrichment
Students planting tomatoes in field.

Third graders planting tomatoes for hunger relief.

The infrastructure at Orchard Mesa Research Center lends itself to use as an outdoor classroom for K-12 STEM education enrichment with orchards that do not require ladders for harvest, commercial-scale vegetable plots, and a quarter acre Service Learning Garden. We host K-12 school field trips, in which students can plant, harvest, learn about plant life cycles and pollinating insects, learn about water-use in agriculture, and much more. Fall semesters provide the opportunity to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables, with students making direct deliveries to hunger relief agencies as a part of a service learning project.

We are hosts to the Eureka Science Museum Dig In! Camp and the Friday Garden Club, which allows kids to participate in more developed STEAM programming, spanning from spring planting through fall harvest. We would like to greatly expand these opportunities to students throughout the valley who are in schools, clubs, youth groups and organizations, and home-school collectives. We can support your curriculum ideas or work with experts CSU Extension agents to help find supporting curriculum or lessons in Nutrition or 4H STEM.

2018 Dig In!