Announcement Date: February 18, 2015
The Farm to School Task Force Producer Grant Pilot program bill, HB15-1088, passes its first hearing in the House Education Committee. It passes on a 6-5 vote. It receives both radio and media coverage.
Colorado May Pay to Get More Local Food in Schools
Coloradoan, February 18, 2015
DENVER – A Colorado bill to spend about about $1 million a year for five years to help farmers make safety upgrades so they can sell directly to schools passed its first test Wednesday at the Legislature.
“We have no shortage of fruit and vegetable producers” ready to sell to schools, said Jeremy West, director of Nutrition Services for Greeley Schools.
But small farms sometimes can’t afford the upgrades. The grant program was the idea of a farm-to-school task force set up by Colorado lawmakers four years ago.
Photo Credit: Coloradoan library: Third graders at Zach Elementary School in Fort Collins pick and choose fruits and vegetables from a produce bar.