Farm to School Champions are the passionate people who are making farm to school happen all over Colorado. We celebrate these efforts and want everyone to know them! Check back often to see who has been added to the ever-growing list of amazing people.
Meg Caley, Sprout City Farms
Read about FTS Champion Meg Caley, representing Sprout City Farms and the Denver Green School partnership and fellow nominees Frank Coyne and James Hale. Sprout City Farms is an urban agriculture nonprofit and whose vision is to cultivate urban farms on underutilized land: rooting community farms in the city, and bringing good food to neighborhoods. This pilot project is the first large-scale production farm on Denver Public School (DPS) land that produces vegetables for a school cafeteria.
Holly Conn, Mountain Roots Food Project
Holly Conn, with the Mountain Roots Food Project, has been working with the Gunnison Watershed School District since 2010 to help build their farm to school program, including changes to the menu, sourcing new local ingredients, student taste testing of super foods, hands-on classroom lessons on environment and nutrition, and a school garden. This high mountain valley experiences a short growing season and some of the coldest winter temperatures in the lower 48 states; yet, farm to school is growing with each passing year.
Andrew Nowak, Slow Food Denver
Andy Nowak, with Slow Food Denver and Cooking Matters Colorado, has spent the last twelve year programming school gardens, teaching kids how to grow food and what to do with the food they grow. Learn how Slow Food Denver’s Seed-to-Table School Food Program supports schools in Denver and beyond.
Ian Chamberlain, Farm-I and Sunnyside Meats
Ian Chamberlain, Owner and Sole Operator of Farm-I and Producer and Manager of Sunnyside Meats, is helping supply the small school districts in southwest Colorado with locally grown vegetables and locally raised beef. Learn how Ian has gone from selling his produce at farmers markets and CSAs to institutional markets, and what motivates him to get good food into schools.
Krista Garand, Durango 9-R School District
Krista Garand, Food Service Director at Durango School District, is often affectionately referred to as the “mother of farm to school in southwest Colorado.” Krista’s farm to school journey began eight years ago by placing a few locally procured vegetables on the cafeteria’s salad bar. Today, entire meals are locally procured and Durango has reached out to five of the surrounding school districts to do cooperative local bids.
Rhonda Vincent, Delta County School District
Rhonda Vincent, Food Service Director at Delta County School District, has 12 schools in her district and all receive locally sourced food. Her district is blessed to be in a rich agricultural area; yet, farm to school even when surrounded by growers takes a village. Read about her program and the local partnerships she has developed.