- Congratulations to Boulder Valley, Durango 9-R, and the CO Farm to School Task Force for being awarded USDA farm to school grants!
- Boulder Valley School District - Grant Type: Implementation; $96,477
- Durango School District 9‐R - Grant Type: Implementation; $99,998
- Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (for the CO Farm to School Task Force) - Grant Type: Support Service; $98,880
USDA Farm to School Census
- The USDA Farm to School Census results are now posted online http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census#. According to USDA’s first-ever Farm to School Census, 43% of public school districts across the country have an existing farm to school program in place, while another 13% of school districts surveyed are committed to launching a farm to school program in the near future. In school year 2011-2012, schools purchased and served over $350 million in local food, and 56% of the districts buying local foods report that they will buy even more local foods in future school years.
- Senate Bill 10-081
- Senate Bill 10-081, in recognition of the need to encourage the eating of fresh and nutritious local foods, the fostering of relationships among farmers and schools, and the promotion of the sale of agricultural products, establishes the Farm-to-School Program. This bill also allows for the creation of a Farm-to-School Coordination Task Force.
- House Bill 1307
- Under HB 1307, governmental bodies purchasing agricultural products are allowed to preference Colorado products over out of state products as long as the quality is equal, the Colorado producer is able to meet reequested quantity, and price is either lower than the lowest out of state bid, or "reasonably exceeds" the lowest bid.
Colorado Farm-to-School Task Force
- Farm-to-School Coordination Task Force Duties:
- Creating or expanding Farm-to-School pilot programs
- Identifying funding sources and grants that allow school districts to recover costs from purchasing locally grown foods
- Identifying, designing, or making available training programs to enable local farmers and ranchers to market their products to school districts
- Advising school districts on the methods by which they may improve their facilities to allow for the purchase and use of locally produced foods in school meals
- Providing assistance to school food services to establish procedures, recipes, menu rotation, proper handling, and storing to accommodate the use of locally grown foods in public schools.
- Districts Participating in the Task Force:
- Denver Public Schools
- Durango 9-R
- Las Animas
- Weld 6
- Colorado Farm-to-School
- Colorado Proud Fun Facts
- USDA Farm-to-School
- Farm to School Bid Template
- Map of Schools Utilizing Farm-to-School
- Farm-to-School Policy Memos
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