Co-op Explorers Passport Program 2020

April 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am – June 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Friendly City Food Co-op
150 E Wolfe St
Harrisonburg, VA 22802


We’re offering another segment of our popular Kids Co-op Explorer Program, redesigned for 2020. This time, your child completes the requirements at home and the only time a parent needs to come to the co-op is to pick up a new kit. Something fun (and educational) for your child while sheltering in place!

The program runs from April 4th through July 11th. There will be a new kit coming out every two weeks, so the first kit will be out on April 4, and the next kit will come out on April 18th. You can pick up your kit anytime during the two week period. Pickup options include asking the cashier for one when you shop in the store, or adding a kit to your online Curbside Pickup order. The dates are listed below for quick reference.

The first kit will come with your child’s passport as well as a letter explaining the program in detail. Each kit will contain a letter filled with fun facts; a seed packet with directions on how to grow the plant; three samples of a fruit or vegetable in dried form; and an activity sheet. The kids will also be encouraged to try some fresh produce at home and there will be a section in the back of the passport for recording that information.

When your child has finished all 8 segments of the passport program, they can bring the completed passport to the co-op and select a prize. If you have questions about the program, email


Kit #4 comes out Saturday, May 16. Here’s a Sneak Peek at what’s inside:

  • Seeds for Black Beans
  • Samples of Black Bean Chips, Banana Chips and Plantain Chips, and Plums.
  • Articles are about Fresh vs Frozen, Canned or Dried, Plus info on Black Beans, Bananas and Plantains
  • For the activity we are making Suncatchers
  • Another newsletter crammed with directions, descriptions, activities and FUN!


New Co-op Explorers’ Kit Dates

Saturday, April 4
Saturday, April 18
Saturday, May 2
Saturday, May 16
Saturday, May 30
Saturday, June 13
Saturday, June 27
Saturday, July 11