Founded in 2006 and based in Bellingham, Washington, Common Threads is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes a “seed to table” approach to food production, good nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Most of our programs take place on public school grounds, during the school day in collaboration with classroom teachers and food service staff. Additionally, Common Threads runs after-school and summertime gardening and cooking programs.
Our vision is of a world where:
*All children are given the resources, information, and experiences they need to make healthy food choices every day.
*The foods that kids are exposed to at school (in the garden, classroom, and cafeteria) set them up for a life of healthy eating.
*Healthy food and healthy food education in schools becomes an expected norm, understood as an integral part of a good basic education.
Common Threads currently gardens, cooks, and eats with close to 6000 children annually and collaborates with teaching and food service staff in 21 local schools. We actively seek out partnerships with community organizations that target services to low-income youth, and continuously ask ourselves what the next innovation or collaboration might be to most effectively engage children’s curiosities and passions for developing life-long healthy eating habits.