AURORA | The Village Farms at Stanley serve more than just one purpose when it comes to opportunity in providing for the community.
Following the Roots of Success curriculum, the farms provides a workforce development training program to refugees in the metro area. Splitting class time and real life experience working on the farm, the class provides education to the students on best practices for growing food in the region’s dry climate.
“Most of our students come from an agricultural background,” said Mikhaela Mullins, Senior Manager at Village Gardens, “but they’re learning about growing in more arid climates.” Thirty people graduated from the program in 2022.
The farms grew and distributed 2,500 pounds of produce in 2022. They give half of the grown produce to the Village Exchange Center food pantry, the Village Pantry, and equally distribute the other half to partner organizations and area small businesses.
Photo Essay by Sentinel Colorado Photo Editor Philip B. Poston