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Summary of MEC Programs and Impacts:   arrow

Youth Development 4-H               

Community Engagement

  • Facilitate Community Issues – Food, Water, Energy, Gentrification, Urban Soils, etc.
  • Demand-driven food system supply chains that work from end users to farmers and ranchers and their input suppliers, including supply chains outside of Ag and Food.
  • Innovation and Disruptive Innovations
  • Rural/Metropolitan interdependence – education, supply chains, tours
  • Online education supported with emerging technology and structure
  • Workforce development, programming, and training
  • Connection with neighborhoods, Citizen Advisory Council, City of Denver, and key partners
  • Location of CSU Engagement Director’s office and associated activities for GES and NWC
  • Flexible community space, co-working environment, incubating partner organizations

Food, Ag Innovation, and Sustainability

  • Soil Science lab/connection to Experiment Station, free soil tests for Denver residents
  • Plant and insect identification lab with autoclave and incubator hood, “Ask a Master Gardener”
  • Supply chain, local foods, veggie production, urban Ag, front yard farm sales, Cottage Foods
  • Entrepreneurs, Building Farmers, Ag business incubation, nonprofit partner incubation
  • Nutrition education and cooking classes at the commercial kitchen
  • Education and demonstration gardens – manage personnel, signage, supplies, etc.
  • Partner with agencies on community gardens, farm to table café, innovative demo’s
  • Applied Research that connects CSU faculty with stakeholders to address local questions

The Metro Center works alongside partners that includes organizations such as: