Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
The weather is warming, the trees are budding, and our brains are
turning to dirt…the gardening kind. After hibernating most of the
winter, most of us can’t wait to see some color in our gardens and
fresh, homegrown veggies in our salad. It’s no secret that gardening
benefits everyone from seniors to youth. Here are some of the ways that
gardening can impact our community:
captures kids’ interest, teaches them nurturing skills, gives them
a sense of pride in their accomplishments, introduces them to
healthful foods, and provides a way to improve and give back to the
and backyard gardens can provide a new outlet for fresh fruits and
vegetables and can play an important role in increasing access to
- Community gardens can increase our social capital through the development of social ties and networks
- Gardens help reduce run off and improve soil conditions
- Do you want to know more about the benefits of gardening? Click here for a great resource.
In Fort Collins and Loveland we are lucky to have numerous gardening resources. One such organization, is Loveland Youth Gardeners,a local non-profit that has been serving youth and community through promotion of gardens since
1996 Their mission is to cultivate skills, stewardship and service in
young people through sustainable gardening and healthy living practices. They operate many youth education programs, including, Youth Educational Outreach, Youth Gardening Program, Leaf Out, and Green Adventures. They are also a proud sponsor of the Loveland Plant a Row for the Hungry Program which has provided almost 150,000 pounds of produce to area food banks.
of their programs strive to help young people understand what it means
to live a healthy lifestyle, with a specific focus on growing, cooking,
and eating healthy
food. Last year, students helped develop and nurture 12 garden spaces
around town. This provided healthy outdoor exercise, an abundant
education on the development, planting and caretaking of a garden, while
also serving their community and producing food for themselves, their
families and their neighbors.
To find out more about their programs and how you can get involved,
Read on for more CanDo and partner happenings and to learn about more gardening resources in our communities!
|Call To Action
City of Fort Collins
Don’t forget to vote by April 7!
voting for Mayor of Fort Collins and several City Council seats, voters
will finally have the opportunity to vote on BOB 2.0 - Ballot Issue No.
This initiative will extend the quarter cent sales and use
tax extension to support community projects. Many of the projects are in
line with CanDo’s vision and mission including the Safe Routes to
Everywhere with bicycle infrastructure and sidewalk improvements,
implementing nature in the city, and recreation facilities for residents
on the south side of Fort Collins. For additional information on Ballot
Issue No. 1, click here. Ballots were mailed in March and need to be mailed or dropped off by April 7. Click here for information on how and when to return your ballot.
City of Loveland
Help Shape the Future of Loveland’s Recreation Facilities.
Click here to provide your ideas on future indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in Loveland.
Weigh in on the new draft of the Loveland Comprehensive Plan.
April 28, the Loveland City Council will be presented with the latest
draft of the Comprehensive Plan. Let the Council members know your
thoughts on the plan by visiting Open City Hall. You can also fill out this Online Comment Form. To read the latest Plan documents, click here.
| CanDo News
Experts from Colorado’s chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI),
a land-use research and policy group came to Loveland on April 2 for a
thorough study of ways to better connect residents along U.S. Highway 287 in north Loveland to goods and services offered in their neighborhoods.
Click here to read the article in the Loveland Reporter Herald and contact Katie Guthrie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Outcomes of the study and workshop will be posted in the May newsletter.
| CanDo Coalition and Workgroup Meeting Schedule
Fort Collins Coalition
Our next coalition meeting will be April 30 from 8:30-10am in the Westbridge conference room and will feature a presentation from Sarah Morales, Larimer County Wellness Benefits Coordinator and Jen Strating, Biofeedback Therapist, titled Serenity Now! 21 Days to Less Stress: A creative approach to managing stress at the workplace and at home. We will also have a presentation from Jane Hunt, CHIP Implementation Coordinator, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and how you can get involved.
Our next coalition meeting will be on May 20 from 11:30am-1:00pm (location TDB).
Built Environment Work Group
Save the date for our next meeting on April 15 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Community Room (215 N. Mason).
Our next meeting will be April 27 from 10:00-11:30am at the Northside Aztlan Community Center (112 E. Willow Street, Fort Collins)
Well Workplace and Healthy Food Environment Networking Sessions
Please continue to check
this monthly newsletter for updates, news and local happenings around
worksite wellness. Additionally, look for the go-live date announcement
for the online Worksite Wellness Resource Guide!
The guide will share CanDo’s most requested tools by local employers,
plus a directory listing of additional regional, state and national
resources providing more specific support.
Download the 2015 CanDo Meeting Calendar here.
| Vida Sana
2015 Health Equity Learning Series Expands
CanDo and Vida Sana are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Colorado Trust to host a series of four live-streamed trainings on Health Equity. This will be the first year that we will host the learning series in both Fort Collins and Loveland.
Keep your calendar open for future dates which include:
- July 23, 2015 - Dolores E. Roybal, PhD, MSW,
Executive Director, Con Alma Health Foundation and Yvonne Sandoval, MSW,
Executive Director, El Valle Women’s Collaborative
- September 17, 2015 - John A. Powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
The February 5
live-streamed presentation, Health Equity and Community Engagement, was
well-attended in both Fort Collins and Loveland.
Watch the video here.
City of Fort Collins - Bike Library
Reopens April 3!
to bicycles is easier than ever because of local bike shares like the
City of Fort Collins’ Bike Library program. Whether you’re visiting Fort
Collins or you’ve lived here for years, the local Bike Library has a
bicycle for you.
in the Fort Collins Downtown Transit Center, 250 N. Mason Street, the
Bike Library opens for their eighth season April 3, at 9 a.m. This year,
they have expanded their hours of operation; spring operation hours are
Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday through
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
a bike from the library is simple with an ID and credit card required
for the initial sign-up. In addition to a bike, riders receive a helmet,
lock, trail map and destination suggestions. Bike rentals cost ten
dollars per day, however, that fee is waived if the bike is returned the
same day before 1 p.m.
There are 170 bikes in the library
fleet, the majority of which are adult styles and various youth bikes,
trailers, tag-alongs and cargo bikes. Forty of those bikes will be
available at the Downtown Transit Center (250 N. Mason Street), many of
which received fresh paint and components for the new season.
City of Fort Collins - FC Bikes
Free Traffic Skills 101
Traffic Skills 101
(TS101) is a course for beginners, returning, and seasoned cyclists
alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in
traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety
checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. We
recommended this 7.5-hour class for adults and children above age 14.
Participants should be
prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion of this
class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required.
Attendance is limited to 18 participants and registration is required.
Upcoming classes: Saturdays, July 18, September 26 and November 7.
Registration closes 10 days prior so don’t delay! Click here to register.
City of Fort Collins-West Central Area Plan
The final plan was adopted on March 17!
Plan is updated vision and priorities for the West Central Area of the
city, focusing on neighborhood character, transportation needs, the
natural environment, and a new design for Prospect Road (from Shields to College).
Click here to see the final plan.
When:Sunday, April 19
A super fun old-fashioned Jog-A-Thon.
Time: Registration and Check-in at 5:00pm - Run starts at 5:30pm
Where: Bath Garden Center & Nursery (2000 E. Prospect)
$20 for participants 12 years and older if registered by April 15th
$25 Race Day Registration
Click here for more information.
Garden In A Box
Discount for Loveland Water and Power Customers!
In A Box offers a simple approach to learn about and plant a water-wise
garden. Regardless of expertise, you can save water and beautify your
landscape by purchasing a professionally designed, perennial garden that
uses Xeric (low water) plants and includes a comprehensive Plant and Care guide. When Xeric gardens replace existing turf, the water savings are significant.
Gardens are offered in partnership with local water utilities in
support of the city’s commitment to water conservation. Loveland Water
and Power customers are eligible for a $25 discount while supplies last.
Click here for more information and how to get your garden!
Gardens on Spring Creek
From the Garden of Eatin’
to the various community gardens to awesome display gardens, the
Gardens on Spring Creek have a garden of interest for everyone.
Click here for more information.
Spring Plant Sale - May 9-10
Gardens will have just what you need to grow a beautiful landscape,
bountiful veggie garden, and lively containers this spring!
Our staff horticulturists and students from CSU
and Front Range
Community College have been planning since January to get thousands of
annuals, herbs, perennials, and veggie starts ready for you to purchase
May 9-10 at The Gardens.
Proceeds of the sale support horticulture programs at CSU, FRCC, and The Gardens.
Click here for more information.
CSU Cooperative Extension
The experts are right here in Larimer County. Click here
for tons of gardening information including plant selection for our
Colorado climate, online publications, and information on how to become a
Plant It Forward
Planning your garden? The Food Bank and Gardens on Spring Creek will once again be partnering with many local gardeners to Plant It Forward. Consider growing food for members of our community in need. Click here for more information.
Northern Colorado Food Cluster
Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market
The Winter Markets’ proudly accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Get EXTRA money for shopping at the Farmers’ Market with your SNAP benefits.
The Northern Colorado
Food Cluster is providing a matching program for SNAP beneficiaries
with a one-to-one match to purchase healthy, locally grown fruits and
up to $30 dollars matching.
Come by the Market Buck table to use our Electronic Benefit Terminal (EBT) machine.
When: 10:00am-2:00 pm
Where: Downtown Fort Collins at the Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave.
Dates: Apr 11
mission for the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Markets is to support local
food producers, to provide an outlet for direct sales to consumers,
encourage season extension and increased supplies of fresh produce and
whole foods in the region, and to educate consumers about the variety of
local foods that are produced and sold during the fall, winter and
early spring. The Winter Farmers Market facilitates the creation of
relationships between producers and consumers.
Food Bank for Larimer County
us at THE TASTE, the foodie event of Northern Colorado. Enjoy samples
of unique cuisine prepared by local chefs from 30 restaurants paired
with flavorful wines and craft beers from 20 beverage purveyors.
Celebrate the area’s fabulous food and beverage culture while helping
fight hunger in our community.
Last year, the Food Bank for Larimer County…
- Served nearly 36,000 individuals, including seniors, young
families, children, veterans, students and others in need of food
- Provided enough food for 7,431,680 meals
- Prepared 172,590 meals and 188,105 snacks for kids at risk of hunger
April 16, 2015 -5:00-9:00 PM at the Hilton Fort Collins
(5:00pm VIP entrance, 6:00pm General admission)
For ticket information, click here
Bikes is using Volunteer Spot to find some awesome and helpful people
to collect baseline data for the Laurel Street Pilot Project. Volunteers
will spend a couple of hours (or more if you like!) out on Laurel
Street in Fort Collins, inviting people in the area to complete an
Shifts are two hours in duration, with two shifts available per day over the course of 6 days in late April and early May.
to sign up for a shift. There aren’t many spots available, and the
earlier you sign up, the better chance of getting your preferred shift.
Click here more information about the Laurel Street Pilot Project.
The Growing Project
the growing season upon us, check out The Growing Project, a local
nonprofit that promotes the value of a strong, diverse, and just local
food system to all residents of Northern Colorado through direct
agricultural experiences, education, and advocacy.
Click here for information on how you can get involved.