Seeds Community Café, located in downtown Colorado Springs, is the central space that anchors all of our programs. At the Café, regionally sourced, organic food is prepared and served to the public, regardless of individuals’ ability to pay. Those who cannot pay or can only pay a minimal amount exchange volunteer service for their meal. Those who are able to pay retail value or beyond may pay it forward so all may eat. Volunteer service ranges from rolling silverware to helping with cleanup, and eventually to entry into kitchen tasks and restaurant/culinary arts training.
The Local, our food truck, was donated to Seeds to be used as needed to support the Seeds mission. The Local is available for both public and private bookings and money raised is used to help fund Seeds Community Café. We also bring The Local to schools for use as a mobile lab for students to learn not only about health and nutrition but also about entrepreneurial undertakings. To inquire about booking The Local, call 719-473-8206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeds Catering service partners with area agencies to provide individuals committed to recovery with access to training and employment through catering services.
Seeds offers both private and public classes to individuals who are on small or fixed incomes who desire to learn how to cook for their families in a nutritious way while still staying within their budget. Since we opened our doors in September 2013, more than 300 people have taken our Healthy Cooking classes.
Working with the Culinary Arts program at Pikes Peak Community College, Seeds provides structured classes and hands-on training for low-income individuals at the Café so they may move from economic dependency into jobs in restaurant and hospitality, the largest private employment sector in the United States.
A joint project between Seeds and the Justice & Peace Commission, the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Pikes Peak Permaculture, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado College, the Sunrise Garden Project is a two-year initiative that seeks to use community gardening as a vehicle to increase access to healthy food, reduce homelessness, and eliminate the Food Desert that currently exists in the Hillside neighborhood in Colorado Springs.
Seeds Community Café is proud to be involved with two student groups who are working on innovative and long-term solutions to the problems of food insecurity, homelessness and chronic poverty: Mobile Meals and Ponderosa Project.