The Colorado Farm to School Task Force releases a wide variety of policy documents each year. These include 50 state scans, policy briefs, federal guidance in easy to understand formats, and interactive presentations. Check out the resources below and navigate to specific topics through the drop down menu on the left.
“Frequently Asked Questions”
The USDA has issued two important documents governing how the geographic preference option may be used in school food procurement. This document provides additional explanation, background and context for producers to facilitate the use of locally grown foods in farm to school initiatives in Colorado.
On February 1, 2011, the USDA released guidance on how school food directors could apply “geographic preference” to purchase locally grown foods. In April 2011, the Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service promulgated a final rule governing the application of the geographic preference option in school food procurement. This document provides additional explanation, background and context to facilitate the use of locally grown foods in farm to school initiatives in Colorado.
Benefits of Farm to School
A summary of the latest research along with case studies demonstrating the health impacts of locally-sourced food in school meals.
A summary of the latest research along with case studies demonstrating the economic impacts of locally-sourced food in school meals.
Northeastern Colorado Producer Guidance to Developing Direct Markets
The Yuma Conservation District’s (YCD) work in testing low water specialty crops has found a variety of new crops that grow well in the dry conditions of Northeastern Colorado. The first step was to determine which crops could be grown successfully, but for producers to switch to these new low water crops, they must be assured of buyers. Two guidance documents have been developed to support small specialty crop producers on the Northeastern plains of Colorado.
This guide provides an overview of many direct marketing options along with hyperlinks to key resources.
This report provides step-by-step guidance on how to start up and maintain a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program along with links to tools and resources.