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.
For summaries of the Colorado Task Force accomplishments, see the legislative reports: 2013, 2015, and 2017. All reports include recommendations for moving Colorado’s efforts forward. For a quick look at the typical work of the Task Force, check out year three accomplishments. The Task Force PowerPoint slides provide an overview of FTS in Colorado and the work of the Task Force. Funding to support the work of the Task Force has come from The Colorado Health Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation.
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.