The Connecting Local Farms and Schools (CLFS) conferences brought together more than 200 Colorado Farm to School stakeholders, including various producers, school districts, community partners, and Federal, State and Municipal representatives involved in Farm to School and Local Food programming. As a direct result from the Conference, we have been able to make meaningful connections with critical partners within Colorado that have provided immense support, guidance and assistance in the arena of Farm to School including:

  • These critical partners were instrumental in forming two school-based food hub pilot projects that are actively in the process of their phase 1 development where they will purchase and process locally grown food for use in their school meal programs.
  • The school hub projects has garnered the support of the Colorado Farm to School Task Force which has provided a uniformed messaging of the values of local food, health, nutrition and its overall impact on Coloradans.


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Miss the conference this year? Or maybe you want to review the visual presentations? All the information that you need is right here in the associated presentation video links below:

1. Safety First: Institution Specific

(Therese Pilonette, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

2. Safety First: Producer Specific

(Tracey Vanderpool, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Gretchen Wall, Produce Safety Alliance)

3. Farm to School- Working together Panel Discussion

4. FST Programs….Next Steps

(Rick Hughes, Nutrition Director; Brain Axworthy, Executive Chef (Colorado Springs D11) Jeremy West, Nutrition Director Greely- Evans Weld 6)

5.Scaling Up

(Adrain Card, CSU Extension- Boulder County; Martha Sullins, CSU Extension; Karen McManus, Producer; Sarah Zamora, Producer)

6. FTS Purchasing 101

(Jan Bodnar and Jane Brand, Colorado Dept. of Education, Office of School Nutrition; Krista Garand, Durango 9-R School District;
Lyn Kathlene and Wendy Peters Moschetti, Colorado Farm to School)

The CLFS conference brings together Colorado Farm to School stakeholders including various producers, school districts, community partners, along with Federal, State and Municipal representatives to discuss the current state of Farm to School in Colorado. This annual forum includes hands-on workshops that offer invaluable tutelage from colleagues and industry specialists addressing specific topics requested by Producers and Schools.

See Conference Agenda for more information and description of the day’s event.

See Conference Workshop for individual workshop information

Speakers include: Dawn McFadden of CSU extension, Julia Erlbaum of Real Food Colorado, Jeremy West of Weld 6 school district and many more key players in the Farm to School movement.

Workshop Related Items:

Food Safety

FTS 101

FTS Programs, Next Steps

Adams County Fairgrounds MAP to location.