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.” In 2013, the Assembly reauthorized the Task Force, to be continued indefinitely. The 15 appointed members and 15 ex-officios meet quarterly. The Core Team meets monthly. See the Bylaws for more information on how the Task Force functions. As of May 2011, it has crafted a road map of how to achieve “Collaborative, sustainable implementation of farm to school statewide” and is in the process of pursuing specific activities to support this vision.
The Colorado FTS Task Force 2013 Legislative Report summarizes the first two years of Task Force work. The Colorado FTS Task Force 2015 Legislative Report summarizes accomplishments in 2013-2014. Both reports include recommendations for moving Colorado’s efforts forward. For the latest report, check out year three accomplishments. The Task Force PowerPoint slides provide a quick overview of FTS in Colorado and the work of the Task Force. Funding to support the work of the Task Force comes from The Colorado Health Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation. Spark Policy Institute staffs the Task Force.
The Colorado Farm to School Task Force has mapped out what it will take to have sustainable farm to school efforts statewide. Starting with its initial Roadmap that guided the first two years of work to its updated Roadmap, shown below.