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

Time: Nov 17, 2022 11:00 AM-1:00PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Agenda

Time 

Agenda Item 

10:50-11:00 

Log in to zoom 

11:00 – 11:15 

Welcome new members and Roll Call  

11:15 – 11:30 

Sunset Review process overview- Jennifer Lockwood with DORA 

 

11:30-11:40 

Meeting and Council Administration 

·       Approve minutes from Q3 meeting  

·       Specialty crop seat still open  

·       Budget Proposal 

 

11:40 – 12:40 

Strategic Plan next steps and implementation-Government Performance Solutions 

12:40 – 12:45 

Working Group Updates-Food Summit panels  

·       Ag Lands and Water 

·       Institutional Procurement 

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12:45-1:00 

Abbreviated Agency Updates – detailed updates to be shared in minutes 

·       Introduce DOLA 

·       CDA 

·       CDHS 

·       CDE 

·       CDPHE 

·       OEDIT 

1:00  

Adjourn- details about upcoming meetings to be shared via email  

4817 National Western Drive
Denver, CO 80216

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

New from the Universal School Meals Working Group

Universal School Meals

Focusing on K-12 meals and school nutrition, this working group researches and develops recommendations for increasing healthy food access for all Colorado children. Synthesizing existing studies and primary data collection from Colorado school nutrition stakeholders, this group works to identify the potential impacts of making school meals free for all students.

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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