Sometimes partnerships take a while to form, and that has been the case with our growing partnership with Chipotle. Mike Fuller from Chipotle approach me 4 years ago about exploring ways to partner between Youth Farm and Chipotle. We threw around a lot of ideas – – an onsite farm at a store in Uptown, a small benefit event, tours of facilities – – all interesting ideas, but none ever really felt like the right thing. We met a few more times in 2013, bounced around some more ideas, until we came up with the winner – Youth Farm not only helping sponsor the 1st Annual Cultivate event in Minneapolis, but creating a interactive and kid friendly way to engage attendees in better understanding our work and healthy eating. This has been a win for both of us. The event was awesome (see Shanna Woods post from August here) and the financial and promotional support of Youth Farm from Chipotle helps keep our programs thriving.
Thanks Chipotle and Mike Fuller for sticking with us and finding creative ways to support our work!