The Colorado Farm to School Project was launched in February 2010 with the support of a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Colorado Department of Agriculture. In late 2010, the Colorado Farm to School Task Force was created by Senate Bill 10-81. In 2013, the Assembly reauthorized the Task Force, to be continued indefinitely.
Colorado Farm to School supports the development of regional farm-to-school networks across the state. Objectives include:
- Increasing awareness of both schools and producers of existing opportunities for partnership.
- Dissemination of marketing tools and resources.
- Assessment of primary policy and regulatory opportunities and barriers for farm to school.
- Development of missing physical infrastructure to support local food production.
- Supporting technical assistance to schools and producers to develop customized processes that further farm to school efforts.
Learn about the history of Farm to School in Colorado. Check out the key findings from two surveys — “Healthy Kids, Healthy Economies” and “Healthy Kids , Healthy Farmers” –conducted by the Colorado Institute of Public Policy that demonstrated the interest and potential of farm to school in Colorado. These findings were instrumental in acquiring initial statewide funding for farm to school in Colorado via a Specialty Crop Block Grant.
Check out the Task Force page to learn more about its activities and the work of its key partners.
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Colorado Farm to School Primer
Wondering what “farm to school” is and how you can get involved? The Colorado Farm to School Primer, a publication from LiveWell Colorado provides a comprehensive introduction to Farm to School in Colorado including:
- What is Farm to School all about?
- How does school food work now in Colorado?
- What is happening in Farm to School in Colorado schools now?
- How can gardens and educational activities support better local food in schools?
- What is the potential of Farm to School for our children, farmers and ranchers, and communities?
- How can you help?
If you missed the FTS Primer webinar, you can listen to it online. Click on the Webinar icon to access the archive of this event.