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 1 Council Meeting

Thursday Feb 2, 2023 11:00 AM-1:00PM Mountain Time

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https://zoom.us/j/94476907633

Meeting ID: 944 7690 7633

PRE-READS 

MEETING GOALS 

  • Elect new Officers 
  • Update progress on council working group activities 
  • Set priorities for working groups 

MEETING AGENDA – SUMMARY 

Time 

Agenda Item 

10:50-11:00 

Arrive at meeting, log in if virtual  

11:00a – 11:10 

Welcome and Roll Call  

11:10 – 11:30 

Meeting and Council Administration 

  • Approve minutes from November 2022 
  • Budget Update 
  • Election of officers  

11:30-11:35 

Sunset Review Update 

11:35p – 12:00 

Working Group Updates: Issue-based 

  • Institutional Procurement 
  • Ag Lands and Water 

11:50p – 12:10 p 

Break 

12:10-12:20 

Working group Updates: Internal 

  • Strategic Relationships 
  • Communications 

12:20-12:45 

Agency Updates  

  • CDA 
  • CDHS 
  • CDE 
  • CDPHE 
  • OEDIT 

12:45p –  

Next Council meeting, Announcements, Public Comment, 

Adjourn early for bill hearing  

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.

Latest Resources

Featured panel at the 2022 Colorado Food Summit

Universal School Meals

With the passage of the Proposition FF ballot measure, Colorado is moving forward with the implementation of universal school measure. Council looks forward to supporting the successful implementation of this historic measure, and will role this work into our institutional procurement working group in 2023.

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