Our programs are run by volunteers -- parents, school staff, community members, farmers, and more -- we couldn’t do it without you!

Partial funding comes from the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, the Culinary Trust, The Harris Foundation, the Town of Crested Butte, Rotary Clubs, Top O’ The World Garden Club, private donations, and local fundraisers.

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Farm to School

Eating healthy foods, staying physically active, enjoying outdoor experiences, and connecting with the earth become an important part of children’s lives.  Mountain Roots Food Project’s Farm-to-School program provides access to fresh, local, organic, and homemade food for youth in public and private schools, preschools, and homeschoolers. We build connections between area farmers and cafeterias, support kitchen staff in procuring local foods and in increasing healthy, scratch cooking. We connect kids to the land by teaching how healthy food choices affect the health of their bodies, the environment, and the community. We teach kids how to plant, grow, and harvest, and how to identify, choose, prepare, and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables.


Explore our many projects areas to learn more about what we do.



Farm to School is Volunteer Powered and Community Supported. Our town-based volunteer teams meet monthly to plan and implement projects like field trips, guest chefs, school gardens, and more.

       Contact our Coordinator >


Farm to School Champion  Founder Holly Conn was recently recognized at the state level  as a “Colorado Farm to School Champion.”    Read the interview >

RE1J to Serve Only Natural, Grass-Fed Beef

[an article from Crested Butte News, Oct 31, 2013]  read more >

West Elk Word  - hear us on the popular KBUT talk show!  Listen >


  1. Childhood obesity and type II diabetes rates are rising faster than ever (Gunnison County’s obesity rate was 15.2% in 2010)

  2. More than 1/3 of America’s children are obese, and 1 of 2 children will be on Food Stamps at some point during their childhood

  3. 36% of Gunnison kids depend on school meals as their primary source of daily nutrition (they receive free or reduced lunch)

  4. Overall decline in physical activity, outdoor experiences, and environmental awareness

  5. Budget cuts sacrifice environmental education in schools to teach standards test subjects

  6. On average, children spend 4.5 hours a day in front of a screen

  7. Until recently, majority of school food has been highly processed, frozen, or contracted to chains and franchises

  8. Centers for Disease Control advocate the needs for school-based nutrition education

  9. 41% increase in fast food consumption in Gunnison County between 2007 and 2008

  10. Federally subsidized commercial agriculture offers cheaper food at a high cost to human and environmental health

  11. Only 1 in 10 kids eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables daily

  12. When foods are sourced and used locally, health improves, students are more engaged, energy is conserved, and dollars are circulated back into the local economy.


We’re taking small steps to make lasting changes for more than 2,000 youth.


We need volunteers to help with all of our projects -- from foraging, local lunches, hands-on lessons, guest chefs and  taste testing, to youth gardens and summer camps. Each school has a Farm to School team that  meets monthly to plan projects and put them into action. Join us!  Or, help with behind-the-scenes work, like writing nutrition articles, designing our newsletter, managing our mailing lists, or accounting.

To find out about current meetings and volunteer opportunities, please  contact our Farm to School Coordinator >

Program Underwriting       SELECT >

We can do more, faster, if our projects are sponsored. When you sponsor a Farm to School activity, you send a message to the community that you and  your business care about building a strong foundation for a healthy, sustainable future.

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