In collaboration with the Silver Consolidated School District and other youth-serving community partners. The Commons purchases, organizes, packs, and distributes “Snack Packs” to school children each weekend. Over 250 Snack Packs go out every week to six different schools. This program helps address food insecurity for young people ages 6 to 18.
Starting in the summer of 2021 the Commons built a Farmstand in the front parking lot of the organization to distribute excess produce we received as part of our Food Pantry Distribution Programs and from our own orchards and gardens. Frequently we have produce that needs to be distributed immediately, or it will rot and be used as compost. The Farmstand helped solve two problems, getting healthy food to low-income neighbors and reducing waste.
ROOTED YOUTH PROGRAMS
We host students from local high schools and the University as program interns. They help with a variety of administrative ad program needs. These placements are educationally based and meet guidelines and requirements for class credit from the schools.
Rooted Youth Conservation Corp
The Commmons hosts a State of New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps over the summer months. Eight corps members work on facility improvements, community betterment projects, and work in our demonstration gardens. The corps members get paid and receive significant training.
Rooted Enrichment Programs
We design and implement summer enrichment programs in th Mining District for youth ages 11 to 18.