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Food & Garden
2013 July
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Colorado Farm to School Task Force
Seeks Applicants
The number of Colorado schools and districts
participating in farm to school activities has tri-
pled over the past three years. With this increased
interest in connecting schools with local products,
the Colorado Farm to School Task Force is invit-
ing interested individuals to join the group.
¡°The Task Force went through legislative changes
this year, which increased the number of seats,¡±
said Jeremy West, Greeley-Evans Weld County
School District Nutrition Service Director and
chair of the Task Force. ¡°We are excited to reach
out to people across the state and invite them to
help the Task Force develop farm to school efforts
in Colorado.¡±
Currently four of the 15 Task Force seats are
open. The group is seeking applicants to rep-
resent the following positions: a foodservice
director or manager at an institution of higher
education, a K-12 principal or teacher, an agri-
cultural producer and a higher education faculty
or extension member. The application deadline
is July 31, with successful candidates beginning
their service on the Task Force at the fall quarterly
meeting in September 2013.
The Task Force meets quarterly at locations across
Colorado. In conjunction with the meetings, the
Task Force hosts Intensive Technical Assistance
sessions to help communities identify opportuni-
ties and challenges facing schools and producers.
The Colorado Farm to School Task Force, created
in 2010 by the Colorado General Assembly, is
charged with increasing the use of local farm and
ranch products in school foodservice programs to
improve child nutrition and strengthen local and
regional agricultural economies. The Task Force¡¯s
15-member body is comprised of representatives
from schools, parents, producer organizations
and state agencies.
Visit www.coloradofarmtoschool.org for infor-
mation regarding Task Force member duties, time
commitments and to apply. (source:colorado.gov)
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The Flowers
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener¡¯s garters, Shepherd¡¯s purse,
Bachelor¡¯s buttons, Lady¡¯s smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.
Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!
Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!
Fair are grown-up people¡¯s trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
for children eligible for free or reduced-price
meals during the school year, particularly those
in households who may not know when or where
they will get their next meal.
Free, nutritious meals are provided to children
and teenagers at designated sites across Colo-
rado. Sites include schools, churches, recreation
centers and other safe community-based loca-
tions, and many provide activities for children as
well. There are no income or registration require-
ments for participation.
The statewide program is supported by the
USDA, Hunger Free Colorado, the Colorado No
Kid Hungry Campaign, the Colorado Depart-
ment of Education, and those providing the
meals, the sites and sponsors.
Families can find other nearby summer food
sites and learn more about the program by call-
ing Hunger Free Colorado¡¯s statewide hotline at
855.855.4626, texting ¡°FOOD¡± to 720.432.3285 or
visiting SummerFoodColorado.org.
all Colorado kids, but
for many it represents
a time when children
are at the greatest risk
of experiencing hunger,
losing access to school
meals. Hunger Free
Colorado and many
partners will address
child hunger through a
statewide summer food
program. During the
summer months, more
than 450 sites across the
state will provide meals
to children between the
ages of one and 18 years
olds at no cost.
The Summer Food Ser-
vice Program, funded by
the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, offers ¡°food
that¡¯s in when school is
out.¡± The program was
established to fill the nu-
tritional gap throughout
the summer months and
serve as a safeguard