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The Colorado Cooking up Healthy Options with Plants (CHOP) program is underway! This three-year program for child care providers is funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition Training grant. The goal is to increase the consumption of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables and/or on-site garden produce by children in care. Hear about some of what we do from this Colorado Public Radio Broadcast: To Keep Kids from Dodging Veggies Colorado Wants to Hook 'em Young.

Strategies include:

  • Grow it, Try it, Like it! garden-based nutrition education curriculum
  • Taste tests
  • Local purchasing of in-season fruits and vegetables
  • Staff culinary training and coaching
  • Family and community activities
  • On-site gardening activities

CHOP subgrant application
2018 subgrants for financial assistance to start an onsite garden are now closed. Check back next fall for the next opportunity.

CHOP Webinars
Get tips for planting and maintaining your gardens and find delicious recipes for your harvest.

CHOP Newsletter

Cooking Tutorials