On Friday, March 22, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 13-153 “Concerning Continuation of the Interagency Farm-to-School Coordination Task Force.” In 2010, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Farm to School Task Force to “study, develop, and recommend policies and methods to best implement a Farm to School program. The thirteen member group meets quarterly. Originally, it was to sunset at the end of 2013. Because of its significant accomplishments and the ongoing need for its work, this year’s bill has continued the Task Force indefinitely.
In addition, the bill revises the member composition and adds two new seats for a total of 15 members to enhance its representation of key stakeholders important to full statewide farm to school efforts. The bill also adds a new mandate, requiring the Task Force address methods by which statewide data collection of farm to school efforts can be implemented.
Below, Governor Hickenlooper signs into law SB13-153, continuing indefinitely the Colorado Farm to School Task Force.
From left to right: Kristin Millikan (Rep. Sue Schafer’s staff), Representative Sue Schafer (House co-sponsor), Lyn Kathlene (FTS Task Force staff), Andrew Nowak (FTS Task Force member), Governor Hickenlooper, Representative Edward Vigil (House co-sponsor), Theresa Hafner (FTS Task Force member), Senator Angela Giron (Senate sponsor).
To learn more about the Colorado Farm to School Task Force and read its 2013 legislative report, please go to http://coloradofarmtoschool.org/colorado-farm-to-school-task-force/.