The purpose of this study is to identify the potential for Denver Public Schools (DPS) to implement and sustain a replicable, economically viable urban agriculture model focused upon supplying all its own fresh fruits and vegetables. This feasibility study seeks to determine the capital improvements needed for DPS to include the Healthy Kids Healthy Scores program in the DPS General Obligation Bond that will go in front of the voters in the fall of 2012. In order to determine the most feasible and economical model for implementing a local food system within DPS, the following criteria are being considered: qualitative benefits, carbon footprint impact, available acreage for farming, crop production capabilities, kitchen type and needs assessment, food hub design, food quality and transportation standards, school menu options, health and safety liability, labor contracts, and zoning/policy implications.
This study is funded by The Colorado Health Foundation, under the goal of “Healthy Living.” The Colorado Health Foundation measurable results include:
• Increase the number of children who eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables daily
• Increase the number of children who receive healthy meals at school
• Increase the number of under-served Coloradans who have convenient access to fruits and vegetables