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The Mesa County Local
Planning Committee, together with the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, is
pleased to present local workshops designed to connect local farmers and
producers with the institutional marketplace. These Intensive Technical
Assistance (ITA) Workshops customized for Mesa County will take place on Feb.
23 and 24, and are open to the public.
The Colorado Farm to School
Task Force is generously funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and the Gates
Family Foundation to provide free workshops to residents. Each year, the Task
Force visits targeted regions throughout Colorado to provide personalized
assistance to communities in support of their local food and Farm to School
efforts.
The Mesa County Local
Planning committee is comprised of eight individuals representing Mesa County
Valley School District 51, Mesa County Health Department, Colorado Mesa
University and Canyon View Church Gardens.
The ITA Workshops are taught
by specialists to offer insight, tools and information and will cover topics
including:
·        
Connecting local producers with the
institutional marketplace.
·        
Expanding local food presence in the
institutional marketplace.
·        
Developing a working Mesa County food action
plan.
The workshops are a valuable resource for the community.
“The best way for local farmers to impact the classroom is by providing
locally grown fruits and vegetables,” said Dan Sharp, director of Food and
Nutrition Services for School District 51.  “There is nothing greater than
observing our students enjoy locally grown produce. A narrow gap from the field
to the table enhances the nutrition and flavors for our students. Locally grown
produce is a noticeable step up in quality from produce we purchase out in the
region.”

The workshops are free and
open to the public. Meals are provided. To register or for more information,
visit mesacountytaskforceita.eventbrite.com.