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Colorado 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.

2015 Farm to School Census

  • Preliminary 2015 Farm to School Census results available now!
    • Overall, the survey response rate was 60% with more than 10,900 public, private and charter school districts responding. In school year 2013-2014, schools purchased and served over $598 million in local foods, an increase of approximately $212 million, or 55%, from previous estimates.
      • Current Colorado completion rate is 80%. 
      • If you have not completed the survey, please do so by Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Simply email Matt Benson at and let him that you would like to complete the 2015 Farm to School Census.
    • Additionally, 75% of schools participating in farm to school activities in school year 2013-2014 enjoyed at least one of the following benefits such as reduced food waste, lower school meal program costs, greater acceptance of the new meal pattern, increased participation in school meals or greater community support.
  • To find your school, start at Find Your School District and then use the search boxes in middle of the webpage to find your district. 
    • Please check your school district’s record  and submit any changes using the corrections form at the bottom of your school districts' webpage.
      • Deadline for changes is Friday, Nov. 20, 2015


  • 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 requested quantity, and price is either lower than the lowest out of state bid, or "reasonably exceeds" the lowest bid.


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