Established in 2010, Real Food Colorado (RFCO) began with a focus on developing sustainable solutions in the arena of Farm To School (FTS) procurement. We worked with partners from the academic, agriculture, operations, policy, and food service, along with local and state agencies to address access to more locally grown foods. These efforts led to additional food system connections and we began working on behalf of large institutions, cities, counties, and regions. Through our continued collaborations with various stakeholders, we have become more involved in developing system-wide solutions to build a resilient food system that nurtures, grows, and sustains our communities.
Real Food Colorado is a team of strategists and program developers working to connect businesses and communities with resources, ideas, and action plans to support our local food system.
A re-claimed food system that is characterized by fresh food, local relationships, and efficient supply chains.
We work under the assumption that no two communities are the same and no two issues have the same process or outcome, no matter how similar they may appear. Local food is built on the community it serves, therefore each project is unique by nature. Our goal is to provide you with the expertise that gets you the result that is right for you and your community.
Save the Date!
Southwest Colorado Farm to School ConferenceWHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 10-3:30 PMWHERE: Durango, COHosted by: Durango 9R School DistrictThe 4th Annual Southwest Colorado (SWCO) Farm to School (FTS) Conference is a regional gathering of local farmers and school food buyers from five (5) Southwest Colorado Districts to promote the local food marketplace in Southwest Colorado. The SWCO FTS Conference is designed to familiarize local producers and school food buyers with each other’s business practices to ultimately provide Southwest Colorado children with more locally grown food. Come and share your Local Pride! Add your name to the Invite List!
Workshop Overview:*If you are a Producer interested in responding to the 2015-2016 local produce bid servicing five (5) Southwest Colorado School Districts, you are encouraged to attend the SWCO FTS Conference on January 15, 2015
As a participant you can look forward to:
- Learning about the Durango School District regional aggregating facility,
- Local food packaging and other food safety tips,
- Navigating the SWCO FTS Pre-Bid,
- Conducting a successful evaluation of your FTS program!I want to be invited!*This conference is open to any producer or food buyer working in or servicing the Southwest Colorado region. Please feel free to pass this Save the Date along with others who might benefit from or add to such an event. You may also add the following link http://realfoodcolorado.
com/#events to your website.
The 4th Annual Southwest Colorado Farm to School Conference is funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agrigulture, not does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Registration Now Open!WHEN: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 9-3 PMWHERE: Island Grove Bunk House @ 607 N. 15th Avenue, Greeley, COHosted by: Greeley-Evans School District 6 Farm to SchoolThis BUY LOCAL event is a regional gathering of local farmers and buyers to promote the local food marketplace in Northern Colorado. The NoCO Farm to Plate Workshop is designed to familiarize local producers and food buyers with each other’s business practices and ultimately, support and generate local food business opportunities. Come and share your Local Pride! Add your name to the Invite List!
Workshop Overview:Food Safety—From the Ground ➨ UpWho’s Who of the Local Food Marketplace: Buying local from retail to institutional buyersLet’s Make a Deal—Local Food Marketplace Networking
As a participant you can look forward to:
- Demystifying Food Safety,
- Identifying Local buyers and their purchasing process,
- Networking with local farms and buyers,
- Opportunities to Buy and Sell local food.*This conference is open to any producer or food buyer working in or servicing the Northern Colorado region. Please feel free to share with others who might benefit from or add to such an event. You may also add the following link https://nocoftp.
eventbrite. com to your website.
The Northern Colorado Farm to Plate Workshop is supported in part by the Enrich Ag Grant Program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture.