The Governor-appointed Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council’s charge is to advance recommendations that strengthen healthy food access for all Coloradans through Colorado agriculture and local food systems and economies.

The Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council meets quarterly. All meetings are open to the public.

COFSAC Quarter 4 Council Meeting

In person:Thursday Dec. 7th 8:30am-10:30am,

CSU Spur 4777 National Western Dr, Denver, CO 80216

Hydro Building-Willow Creek Classroom/Cottonwood Creek Classroom


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Meeting ID: 917 0396 1499



Co-Chairs: Ann Cooper and Nicholas Marquez 

December 7th, 2023 – CSU Spur Hydro, Willow Creek Classroom, 4777 National Western Dr, Denver, CO 80216  


Q3 COFSAC Minutes Draft.docx 


  1. Review member commitments – attendance and working group participation 
  2. Re-establish working group-everyone participating in at least one working group 
  3. Set intention for Colorado Food Summit 



Agenda Item 


Arrive at meeting – Coffee provided 

9:00am– 9:10am 

Welcome and Roll Call 

9:10am– 9:45am 

Council Administration 

  • Approve Q3 minutes – Ann 
  • Staff Director Update – Libby 
  • Budget 
  • Council Member Expectations  
  • Accessibility Review 
  • Propose reestablishment of Membership working group 
  • Professional Development 
  • Mentorship 
  • Inclusivity Training 
  • Policy Education/Accessibility 
  • Check-in/review Strategic Planning project in relation to Food Summit 


State Agency Q&A on Q4 written updates 

  • Written updates to be shared prior to meeting  
  • State Agency update to be given during Farm to Event** 



Working Group Updates 

  • Institutional Procurement – Rebecca 
  • Communications/Strategic Relations – Joan 

4817 National Western Drive
Denver, CO 80216

The meeting will be held at CSU Spur in the Terra building, “Palisade Peach” Room

Featured panel at the 2022 Colorado Food Summit

This expert panel, featuring council member Hollis Glenn of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, provides a thoughtful overview of the different policy and program levers at the state level that shape Colorado’s food system. COFSAC was a lead organizer of the 2022 Colorado Food Summit, and our working groups lead two additional panels including “Can Policy Move at the Speed of Climate Change” and a series of sessions exploring innovations in farm to institution value chains. Learn more about the summit here.

Council Member Spotlight

Liza Marron

San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition

Representing: Expertise in rural community and regional development, or community and economic development programs

Liza is the founding director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition in rural southern Colorado. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition works to foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. She has been a community organizer with a focus on social justice, wellness and prevention for many years.

Marron served as the Alamosa coordinator of LiveWell Colorado’s healthy eating active living initiative from 2007 to 2013 seated at Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. She worked with local partners to sustain the LiveWell Colorado investment in the San Luis Valley and to maintain healthy eating active living momentum through the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition.

Ms. Marron has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Her skill set includes coalition building, grant writing, governance, visioning and strategic planning, non-profit management, finance, and economic development.

The major projects of the Local Foods Coalition are the Valley Roots Food Hub aggregation and distribution enterprise complete with commercial kitchen for value-added production – now a member of Tap Root Cooperative seeking to capture the front range market for rural producers; the Rio Grande Farm Park an agricultural park with a farmer incubator whose farmers have formed the Rio Grande Farm Park Farmers Cooperative, Cooking Matters teaching families to cook healthy on a budget and the San Luis Valley Farm to School Task Force.

Marron lives in Saguache Colorado with her son, their horses, dogs, cat and chickens, her garden and her bicycle.

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Featured panel at the 2022 Colorado Food Summit

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