Fooducopia’s garden is growing good honest food and young minds
At the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue in Wash Park Denver, Fooducopia, voted best brunch Denver, passersby the restaurant are delighted to see a row of raised garden beds growing all sorts of produce. But if you look more closely, there is something even more magical happening. Young minds are growing.
Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia is passionate about good honest food. He launched Fooducopia Little Farmers Summer program to get kids excited about growing food in a garden. “I grew up in the Midwest surrounded by some of the best farmland in the world,” he said. “I just wanted to get kids in Denver excited about growing good honest food.”
Lymberopoulos, whose enthusiasm is infectious to anyone he encounters, meets with the kids or “Little Farmers” to teach them a variety of information about gardens and farming. Inspired by his childhood, Tim hopes to give Denver kids a glimpse of what it means to grow and harvest food.
Lymberopoulos, who is also a commercial pilot, happily puts his invisible farming hat on twice a month and transforms the Fooducopia’s patio into a remote classroom with the background of the community garden as the window display. “Not a bad view for a classroom,” he said with a smile.
Each session has a different subject. Lymberopoulos started by teaching the kids about seeds, what grows in Colorado and seedlings. “Now the kids are all smiles as they get to touch, feel and grab the food from the soil,” he said.
A most recent session included the topic of nutrients, worms and fertilizers.
“The kids got a big kick out of that one,” he said adding, “you can’t imagine the laughs when we talked about worm poop.”
“When I first thought of starting this program I just wanted to let kids see close up the process of a garden. Now, I am constantly amazed at these kids,” he said. “Some of them have never been exposed to a garden or farm but I can see their minds growing each session. ”
Lymberopoulos, who is passionate about good honest food said if one seed of knowledge is planted in their minds about gardens and farming then he has accomplished his mission.
Ron Finley, a guerilla gardener in south central LA reminded the world in a famous TED talk that “If kids grow kale, they eat kale.”
Here in Denver, Fooducopia’s community garden will continue to grow far beyond the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue.
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