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2019 VFC Co-op Community Fund Grant Recipient: McIntosh Library

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Jan 19, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

McIntosh Library Receives 2019 VFC Co-op Community Fund Grant

It is with great pleasure that we announce our 2019 VFC Co-op Community Fund (CCF) Grant Recipient: Viroqua’s McIntosh Memorial Library. They were chosen by our review committee to receive a $500 grant to expand their free “Culinary Literacy” programming in 2020.

In 2019, the Library offered a number of food and gardening programs with great engagement from the community. They had children in their after-school program start seeds, plant, and tend to the plants in the planters in their outdoor courtyard. They also planted a container herb garden inside the library.

During the summer and fall, the Library used the produce from the container gardens as part of weekly cooking classes with kids and four cooking classes for adults. They also hosted a cooking demonstration by Inga Witscher, the host of Wisconsin Public Television’s Around the Farm Table. Additionally, they hosted adult education classes on beekeeping, maple syrup production and raising backyard chickens.

With this grant, the Library is excited to expand their cooking and gardening programming in 2020, including:

  • Purchasing supplies for the 2020 vegetable and herb garden in their courtyard.
  • Increasing the number of food and cooking programs offered for both kids and adults in 2020. The grant would help cover the cost of purchasing food and supplies for these classes.

Join us in congratulating the McIntosh Memorial Library on receiving the 2019 VFC CCF Grant and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming cooking and gardening programming they offer in 2020!

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The VFC Cooperative Community Fund was established in 2016 with the specific goal of providing grant funding to local nonprofit organizations that have a mission consistent with the Viroqua Food Co+op. Priority is given to grant requests for educational projects, development projects, and local events that match VFC’s mission and focus on but are not necessarily limited to: food and food systems, nutrition, health and well-being, cooking education, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education, and social change.

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