Sunrise Project is partnering with Douglas County and Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to develop a health equity model to truly engage all voices in the development of the County Food Plan. Eight Community Coordinators were hired and trained in food systems, local policy and civic engagement. They then went out to their own communities (neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, etc.) to gather everyday stories and experiences with food in Douglas County. Those stories will be incorporated in a stand-alone Food Plan that will inform future decisions in the county.
We're also developing vermicomposting (the process of composting using worms) at the Sunrise site! In partnership with four schools (Cordley, New York, Liberty Memorial Central and Freestate) and with funding support from Green Schools Grants, we're working with Nicholas Ward, who is developing vermicompost curriculum and conducting food audits at the schools, as well as building a worm bin at our site. We've begun picking up food scraps from the neighboring schools, which will feed the system and help us serve as a learning site for area youth.