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LoProCO Regional Workshop Save the Date Notice

What: Local Procurement Colorado Regional Workshop

LiveWell Colorado’s Local Procurement Colorado (LoProCO) program is a farm-to-institution initiative that provides the tools and training for partners to procure, prepare and serve food from local farmers and ranchers, while creating healthier, more resilient communities.

Who: San Luis Valley K-12 School Food Service Directors and their culinary staff as well as growers and food hubs that can or could sell their products to San Luis Valley school districts.

Regional Workshop Overview:

LoProCO provides culinary training and systems training for procurement and menu planning, leads policy advocacy to support local procurement, and works to create a shared understanding of the value of supporting local agriculture.

This workshop will include training on the following:

  • Culinary skills-based training for food service staff so they can confidently prepare and serve local foods with ease along with tools for food service directors to procure local foods within the regulations.

  • Food safety, planning and forecasting, and other training to prepare growers to secure contracts with local schools

  • Local procurement success stories and models

  • Peer networking to create a shared understanding between school food service directors and local growers, ranchers, and producers while harnessing the successes and lessons learned from peers who are in this space.

What will you get out of it?

The LoProCO Regional Workshops recognize that we are only a small part of the local sourcing puzzle while seeing the value in sharing the knowledge, elevating those who already play a role, and building the capacity of those who want to take their efforts to the next level.

Registration sign-ups to follow in January

For more information visit our website at www.livewellcolorado.org/healthyinstitutions

For Questions - please contact: Wendy Peters Moschetti at wendymoschetti@livewellcolorado.org or Jessica Wright at jessicawright@livewellcolorado.org



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Are you a farmer, rancher or food hub?

  • Learning how school food service programs operate, the regulations they have to follow and the different ways to ensure your product ends up in their school
  • Ways you can partner with school districts to help increase educational awareness about agriculture and work with them to develop recipes that match what you grow.
  • Basic food safety requirements that must be in place to supply to schools.
  • Meet with School Food Service Directors who are ready to source locally and/or prioritize local products through their current purveyors.

Are you a School Food Service Director?

  • Staff members will build their culinary skills and confidence levels to safely and effectively prepare fresh, local products with ease. Staff will also learn how to take these new skills back to their kitchen and train the rest of their team.
  • Review the risks that can come from sourcing locally, such as crop failures, and the importance of having your Plan B in place.
  • Different food safety requirements that must be in place in order to source locally and how to discuss these requirements with potential farmers and ranchers.
  • Explore USDA regulations, identify your district policy for purchasing and how to shift it if needed along with the varying bid processes and the basic components of a spec sheet.
  • Incorporating local products into current the current menu, adding menu items and developing recipes that match what is grown in your region. Utilization of Velocity Reports (usage reports) to easily identify what you currently order and matching items to what is grown locally.
  • Meet with farmers and ranchers in your region to identify what they grow and how that aligns with current purchasing habits.

Are you a partner interested in supporting local procurement in your region?

  • Depending on where your interest lies, you are welcome to attend any session relating to the farmers and the food service directors and increase your awareness around their challenges, successes and daily realities.
  • By attending these sessions, you’ll be able to identify where you fit into this puzzle and how best to continue supporting local procurement.
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