Student-grown produce is served in school cafeterias on a daily basis, local food pantries, and student-run markets, increasing access to fresh, healthy food access for low-income communities.
We Are Growing!
TFFJ is expanding in 2021 and beyond with planned farm construction and program integrations in Denver and Miami. Through funding support secured by our Board, TFFJ is partnering with Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to open farms on multiple campuses within each city beginning in Fall 2021.
TFFJ’s first farm at the Bruce Randolph School in Denver is projected to yield 12,000 pounds of fresh produce to serve its students as well as residents of the surrounding Elyria-Swansea community in the city’s northeast corner. The farm is made possible by a grant from Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids Initiative through the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment, whose revenue is collected from sales tax on unhealthy foods and beverages. Through our partnership with DPS’ Career and College Success office we are designing a program that integrates with the school’s planned outdoor greenhouse and soil gardens and will train students as part of the district’s new Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career pathway. Bruce Randolph’s existing partnership with Colorado State University offers additional opportunities for students to turn their experience on our hydroponic farm into real-world urban agricultural skills.
TFFJ is working with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to open farms at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Richmond Heights Middle Schools, which are projected to yield 10,000 and 8,000 pounds of produce per year, respectively. JFK is located in North Miami Beach and has been designated a STEM Gold school by the district. Nearly half of its students are enrolled in the school’s Biomedical Environmental Agriculture Technology Magnet program, and the campus also hosts a Future Farmers of America chapter. Our farm at Richmond Heights will join the school’s other major STEM initiative, the Science Zoo Magnet program.
TFFJ Denver School Partners
Bruce Randolph School
- 740 students; Grades 6-12
- Projected Annual Production: 12,000 lbs
TFFJ Miami School Partners
JFK Middle School
- 1,100 students; Grades 6-8
- Projected Annual Production: 10,000 lbs
Richmond Heights Middle School
- 480 Students; Grades 6-8
- Projected Annual Production: 8,000 lbs