Phase 1 components is to self serve Weld 6’s needs for local farm grown and raised food.
Phase 2 is assist other Weld County school districts who have limited infrastructure capabilities to access more locally grown and raised foods. Storage, food processing and geographic limitations.
Purchasing locally grown produce for fours years Began with one crop from a single farm to purchasing over 30 crops from five local farms Collective Bid process with NOCO- The Northern Colorado Coop. (10 Districts bid together for FTS) “School Food Renaissance”scratch cooking using good and wholesome ingredients. Salad bar program offering local produce.
D6 Farm to School Produce Purchases $50,849 $39,064 $11,643 $2392008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
A local food development group focusing on the development of local food systems that provide integral infrastructure and system support to allow for meaningful connections between local Producers and their community. Supporting and developing systems that enhance Farm to Institution relationships including Farm to School programs.
2010 - Senate Bill 81 “Farm-to School Healthy Kids Act”Increasing the use of local farm and ranch productsin school food service programs to improve childnutrition Strengthen local and regional agriculturaleconomies
Creating or expanding farm-to-school program pilots;Offering assistance in identifying funding sources andgrants;Identifying, designing, or making available trainingprograms to enable local farmers and ranchers;Advising school districtsProviding assistance to schools on recipes, menurotation, proper handling, preparing, storing, andother internal processes that accommodate the use oflocally grown foods in public schools.
Received grant support to revamp School’s central kitchen: Allowed increased and efficient scratch cooking of school meals. Expanded School’s ability to self-process local produce: Piloting a Summer Local Produce Processing where Weld 6 will process in-season products during the Summer to be used when school is in session in the Fall Increase purchase of locally grown food Increase use of local grown food in school meals
Phase 1 Project Scope: Remodel existing facility allowing for an expanded central scratch cooking production as well as self- processing of farm fresh produce items. Purchase from local farms and provide a central delivery destination. Ability to process products for immediate in-season use as well as process products for extended use. Self distribute within District.
Phase 2 Project Scope: Expansion beyond Weld 6 District sites to servicing other School Districts within Weld County as well as participating NoCo Coop* Members that consist of 12 other School Districts, including one in Wyoming. Increase potential buyers of locally grown and raised food. Central aggregation, value-added products and distribution of locally grown food to multiple school districts.
Phase 3 Project Scope: Potential expansion beyond schools to service Weld County municipality such as Food Banks, other institutional purchasers such as local colleges and hospitals with their direct from farm product needs. Expand access to locally grown and raised food to multiple marketplaces. Increase economic profile of local producers and their products. Ensure greater access to locally grown and raised foods to entire community.
Jeremy West, CDM/SNS firstname.lastname@example.org/nutrition