The Colorado Farm to School Task Force travels the state to learn about the opportunities and challenges faced by schools and producers. Typically, these community meetings are done before or after a quarterly meeting.
2012 Community Meetings & Listening Sessions:
Yuma Listening Session, March 14, 2012
The Colorado Farm to School Task Force and the Yuma Conservation District held a listening session to explore farm to school opportunities in Yuma and Washington county school districts.
Community Meeting to Explore a Food Hub, Las Animas, CO, June 25, 2012.
The Colorado Farm to School Task Force in partnership with the Bent County Development Foundation held a half day community regional meeting to explore how the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility could serve as a regional food hub to provide locally grown produce and products to K-12 schools, community colleges, hospitals, and restaurants in the seven county region (Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero and Prowers).
Farm and Food Forum & Farm-to-School Regional Convening: Working Toward Solutions
Working with The Valley Food Partnership, the Colorado Farm to School Task Force will help convene a day-long convening exploring issues related to local food systems, including farm to school purchasing, food hubs as aggregators and distributors, and farm to school educational programming. The convening partners include the Western Colorado Food and Agriculture Council, Montrose RE-1J school district, Transition Ourway, Eco-Action Partners, Mountain Roots Food Project, Healthy Community Food Systems, LiveWell Montezuma, Durango, and Montrose Olathe.