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Boulder’s Fish to Farm Dinner by Jax & Isabelle Farms Sold Out!

Who said schools don’t teach gardening? The Growe Foundation is a Boulder County program that does – and you can support it by dining on organic food cooked by local Boulder top chefs from Jax & Big Red F with a magnificent view of the Rockies.

Our friends Natalie and Jason Condon, owners and operators of Isabelle Farm in Lafayette are hosting a sold-out five-course fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 20, where patrons can enjoy al-fresco fare – and support farming education – at a delicious dinner prepared by chefs at Jax Fish House and the Big Red F Restaurant group.

Imagine shrimp rolls, crab boil, fresh oysters, artisanal wines and organic produce spread over a table overlooking a 14-acre organic farm and the Rocky Mountains. There’s even a walking tour of the farm!

The 60-seat dinner sells out fast each year, so put it on your 2016 calendar so you can be first to buy tickets next year!

Besides being billed as one of your most memorable culinary experiences, one of the best parts of the 4th Annual Growe Foundation Fish to Farm Fundraiser Dinner is the students who learn the importance of farming. All of the dinner’s proceeds help Boulder Valley School District students experience integrated learning with hands-on activities in the garden. That’s possible through the Growe Foundation’s Farm to Table initiative, which creates classrooms out of farms to teach 18,000 Boulder-area kids per year how to grow, harvest and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Why is this program so essential? Natalie Condon said food is a huge mystery to some.

“There's a big disconnect between where food comes from and how it's grown,” she said.

And once kids start growing, harvesting and preparing produce, the lightbulb goes off.

“Now they grow a carrot, they want to eat carrots. When they grow kale, they want to eat kale,” she said. “It's a big eye-opening experience for them. And then they start asking where their food comes from.”

Through the help of gardens like the ones at Isabelle Farm, students use science, math and language arts to learn about ecology, economics, meteorology and the importance of ecosystems.

Interested in joining Isabelle Farm to support lifelong ecology lessons for youth?

Visit Isabelle Farm’s produce stand at 1640 West Baseline Road in Lafayette - it's open year-round. Not only are the fruits and vegetables deliciously organic, by buying local you benefit the environment because these veggies don’t need plane tickets to find their way to your kitchen table.

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