Monday, February 4, 2013

Colorado Farm to School Task Force Promotes School Nutrition, Local Agriculture


The Colorado Farm to School Task Force was established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2010 to improve child nutrition and local agriculture by increasing the use of local farm and ranch products in school food service programs. The 13-member Task Force has made significant progress during its first two years and has developed a vision for the future of farm to school. 

“The Task Force has a bias for action and results,” explained Task Force Chair Jeremy West, Food Service Director of Weld County School District. “We intend to spread farm to school as a way of doing business across the entire state during our next five years of work.”

Farm to school has grown from 22 public school districts in 2010 to 64 public school districts in 2012.  The Task Force has analyzed farm to school policy and regulations, developed resources on legislative trends, food safety, and government purchasing; supported pilot programs in Denver, Greeley and Fort Lupton; created the Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit to guide new farm to school programs; and designed a website, www.coloradofarmtoschool.org, that provides one-stop shopping for all things farm to school. 

To review Task Force progress, go to the Colorado Farm to School Task Force Legislative Report 2010-12.  

To review legislation continuing Farm to School Task Force efforts, go to  Senate Bill 13-153.   

For more information on CDPHE Farm to School activities, contact Susan Motika.





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