CHOP newsletter from CACFP
July 2019

Meet Your Farmers

Gardening is the first step in showing a child where food comes from. It sparks the child's imagination and intrigue while starting them on a larger journey through the food system. Many of the children have only seen large amounts of food at the grocery store or farmer's market. Visiting a farm is the next step in truly showing children how food is grown, harvested and sent to their plate. If you are currently a part of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or have a favorite farm stand at the market ask the Farmer about a tour. Most are free, however some will ask for a small fee to cover the time it takes for their staff to show you around.

Last month the children of YWCA of Boulder County, a 2019 CHOP sub-grantee, visited Cure Organic Farm outside of Boulder. The children started their morning tour by listening and watching the buzzing bees pollinate the flowers around us and observing their big box houses. We walked through the fields picking, smelling and tasting the herbs, lettuces and produce. The children's eyes lit up as we approached the rainbow-colored rows of head lettuces. Each child wanted to be the first to tell the farmer the name of the produce.  The children met many amazing animals including goats, ducks, pigs and chickens. Each stop throughout the farm was met with excitement from the children and a wonderful explanation of how that animal takes part in the farm. The ducks live in a trailer coop that can be moved from field to field and get to graze, while also enriching the earth with their droppings. Crop rotation and cover crops were discussed as a way to enrich the ground and help the farm be successful year after year. At the end of the tour, the farm staff was setting up for their CSA pick-up. The children were able to see the large crates of carrots, lettuces, fennel and herbs. Truly connecting them to the fact that this farm puts real wholesome food on the table for families in Colorado. 
Looking for a Farm closer to you? Find a farmer near you.
If you are a CHOP sub-grantee and would like assistance in setting up a farm tour, please contact Britt. Grant funds may be used to help pay for the tour. 
Not able to make it out to a farm? Here is a video of Cure Farm. It highlights many beautiful shots of the farmers hard at work harvesting in the field. 

 CACFP & Cooking Matters Collaborative Training 
More locations added, check for a training near you!

Upcoming Training Opportunities 

  • Pueblo/Pueblo County Area Training: July 20, 2019 
  • Grand Junction/ Mesa County Area Training: August 31, 2019
  • Cortez/Montezuma County Area Training: September 28, 2019
  • Greeley/ Weld County Area Training: October 05, 2019
  • Castle Rock/ Douglas County Area Training:  October 19, 2019
  • Register here.
This exciting new training opportunity will be offered across the state of Colorado to meet the needs of all CACFP participating centers and homes. Join us to learn hands-on skills in the kitchen, as well as simple tricks and tips to identify whole grains and calculate sugar content in yogurt and cereal. This engaging six-hour training will connect you with your peers while teaching you how to implement the meal patterns in a meaningful and intentional way.  Each participant receives over $120 worth of equipment, as well as groceries so you can try out one of the fun new snack recipes taught at the training. 

Click here to see the website and information on upcoming training dates. If you do not see a training in your county, please fill out an interest form so we can schedule one soon. Contact Britt Martens at or call 303-692-3080. 
July CHOP Webinar
Topic: Physical Activity in Early Child Care
Date: July 17, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Link to Join:
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Join us to learn about physical activity in early childcare. Emily Bash, Nutrition Specialist with Early Childhood Obesity Prevention(ECOP), will discuss the importance of physical activity and fun ways to keep children moving both indoors and outdoors. 

CHOP will showcase our new Quick Bite Online Training Modules, each short video features a key food safety or efficiency topic to help your staff stay on top! 

No registration is required. The link provided above will direct you to Adobe Connect. To enter the live webinar, enter your name when requested to do so. Upon entry to the meeting, feel free to try out the chat box and make sure your speakers are on. At this time, no phone conferencing is required.

Suggested Audience: Directors, nutrition specialists, teachers and anyone interested in gardening. 

July Recipe of the Month: Summer Squash Quick "Pickles"
Get your mandolin ready for this quick and fun way to use up all that lovely summer squash.
Sub-grant Check-in 

Featured Vegetable: Crookneck Squash
Curriculum- Grow it, Try it, Like it!
Activity Sheet Due: Monday, July 8, 2019
Webinar: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Second Quarterly Report Worksheet: Due July 15, 2019

All site visit dates have been set, if you have any issues or concerns contact Britt as soon as possible. 


Featured Fruit: Peaches or Tomatoes
Curriculum: Grow it, Try it, Like it! & Harvest for Healthy Kids
Webinar Save the Date: August 21, 2019
Final Webinar

Got Questions?

Email your questions to us. We created a special email box just for CHOP questions.

To help our office respond to questions more efficiently, please include the name of your institution in the subject line and the topic of your question.  

                              Example:  XYZ Daycare - Fruit juice for infants

More information on CHOP is located on the CACFP website too!

Contact information for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926  

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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