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LoProCO Regional Workshop Southeast Colorado Series

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Las Animas High School

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Las Animas, CO 81054

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Join us for a 3-part series designed to give you the tools, resources, skills, & connections for crafting your own farm-to-institution path

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Local Procurement Colorado (LoProCO) Regional Workshop Registration and Save the Date(s)!

What: Local Procurement Colorado Regional Workshop 3-part Series

The LoProCO 3-part Workshop Series is designed to support our agricultural producers, schools & institutional buyers, educational leaders, and community leaders on the path towards making farm-to-institution the norm. There are a lot of avenues to explore in this world and opportunities to craft a path forward that makes sense for you and your goals. Our 3-part series will work with you and support you over the course of one year. Resources, connections, professional development credits, recipes, culinary skills, insider tips, local experts, marketing strategies, new market channels, navigating grants and policies, workforce development opportunities, and so much more will happen during the workshops - plus - they are fun and come with delicious food!

March 11th 1.0 - Share your experiences with farm to school/institution (what has worked, what are your barriers and challenges). Learn about the opportunity statewide and within your region and how your role fits into this puzzle. Network with each other, discuss resources like grants and policies, and begin identifying small steps towards making farm to school/institution the norm.

Nov 2022 2.0 - Begin diving deeper into your role with targeted hands-on topics. For the agricultural producers, topics will be based on feedback from 1.0 and could include things like farm business planning, quality control systems. For the buyers, topics will feature menu planning and small purchasing methods, along with recipe development for the cooks. Other topics will review the resources and opportunities available within the region, discussion around policy, and more time for networking and strong action planning.

Feb/March 2022 3.0 - Touch a bit more on deep dive topics, share success stories and challenges with implementing action steps, continue working together to identify action steps towards strengthening farm to school/institution in your region.

Who: Southeast Colorado - priority counties of Las Animas, Otero, Crowley, Bent, Baca, Prowers, Kiowa and Cheyenne.

  • Agricultural Producers - farmers, ranchers, food hubs, processors, local-food businesses, etc.
  • Institutional Buyers - *Limited Spots Available* with priority for K12 Schools and Early Childcare. If spots are available, other institutions with meal programs as welcomed such as: Older Adult Meal Programs, Hospitals, Community Colleges, Correctional Facilities
  • Kitchen Leads - *Limited Spots Available* each institution who attends is able to bring one kitchen lead with them
  • Career Tech Educators and Student Leads/Partners - Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H programs, Family and Consumer Sciences, Science/Horticulture Teachers, etc.
  • Community Partners and Leaders - Local Health Inspectors, Extension Specialists, Food Access Non-Profits, Food Systems Non-Profits, County Commissioners, Workforce/Economic Development Representatives, Small Business Incubators, etc.

Regional Workshop Overview:

LoProCO provides capacity building for agricultural producers to sell to school & institutions, for buyers - culinary training and systems training for procurement and menu planning, crafts and leads policy advocacy to support local procurement, and works to create a shared understanding of the value and inherent opportunities that come from supporting local agriculture.

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.

For more information visit our website at www.nourishcolorado.org

For Questions - please contact: Jessica Wright at jessica@nourishcolorado.org / Wendy Peters Moschetti at wendy@nourishcolorado.org 

FYI - this is an IN PERSON training with COVID-safe protocols in place.

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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.
  • Understand which grants are available to support your efforts and overall business plan
  • Learn about varying policy efforts and ways to get involved, leading on issues that directly impact your operations
  • Share your experiences navigating this market and work together to identify forward steps that'll make sense for your operation

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.
  • Identify varying grants accessible to you that can further your farm-to-school efforts and learn how different policy initiatives can impact your goals

Are you a Career-Tech Educator and/or Teacher with a couple Youth Representatives?

  •  Deepen knowledge regarding the Colorado Farm to School system
  • Have work-based learning opportunities, and identify other ways to support student-led initiatives, community change projects, and other student required projects specific to your curriculum and area of focus
  • Support and enhance your current program offerings, and identify varying funding streams and grants to help grow your program
  • Network with other teachers in the region and gain ideas and resources
  • Connect with like-minded youth and identify opportunities for community change projects
  • Dive into marketing and policy initiatives that can impact community support and help develop your farm to school efforts

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. 
  • Identify varying funding streams, grants, policy initiatives that can impact the farm to school movement in your community
  • Network with other like-minded individuals and identify future opportunities to collaborate while taking small action steps towards your goals

COVID-19 Considerations

By registering for this workshop series, I understand that local COVID-19 requirements may be in place. Depending upon the situation at the time, these requirements may include social distancing, mask requirements, and/or signing a form stating you are without symptoms.

We are committed to delivering this workshop series in Southeast CO. Should we need to reschedule due to COVID-19 requirements or other events outside our control, we have contingency dates planned.

Lodging

For 1.0 on March 11th :

  • La Junta, CO is 20 mins away from Las Animas High School and there are a handful of lodging options in town. These range from your standard Holiday Inn/Hampton Inn to local motel options.
  • Las Animas has a locally-owned hotel - Bent Fort Inn and that would be 5 mins from the school.

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Las Animas High School

300 Grove Avenue

Las Animas, CO 81054

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No Refunds

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