NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 28TH

 

Colorado Farm to School Task Force

The number of Colorado schools and districts participating in farm to school activities has tripled over the past three years. With this increased interest in connecting schools with local products, the Colorado Farm to School Task Force is inviting 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 inColorado.”  As of June 28, four of the 15 Task Force seats are open. The group is seeking applicants to represent the following positions: a foodservice director or manager at an institution of higher education, a K-12 principal or teacher, an agricultural 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 acrossColorado. In conjunction with the meetings, the Task Force hosts Intensive Technical Assistance sessions to help communities identify opportunities 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 information regarding Task Force member duties, time commitments and to apply.    

 

Residents Invited to Participate in Colorado State Fair Competitions

The Colorado State Fair’s roots may be grounded in agriculture but you don’t need to farm or own livestock to join in on the competitions.  Submissions are now being accepted for two events that often reach every corner of the state.  “The Fine Arts Exhibition and General Entry competitions are exciting in that everyone can participate and create their own State Fair experience,” said General Manager, Chris Wiseman. 

General Entry

In all, there are over 1,500 classes in 12 general entry departments as well as many special contests.  Whether it’s wood carving, arts & crafts, pantry, horticulture, or a number of cooking competitions, there’s room for anyone who wants to compete for blue ribbon glory.   Registration fees range from $1 to $5.  Some discounts are available for multiple entries. Entrants are encouraged to pay tribute to this year’s theme, “Mother Goose Rhymes!” in their entry. 

A full list of competitions and entry deadlines can be found by visiting this link.

Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

The Fine Arts Exhibition is one of the longest running and finest traditions of the Colorado State Fair.  The popular and prestigious part of the annual event showcases original artwork by Colorado residents.  The long list of mediums accepted include painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry/metalsmithing, and others.  Two divisions for artwork submission are being offered: Emerging Artist/Student and Professional. All artwork chosen for the exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Building during the entire length of the Fair.

For more information on the exhibition, visit this link.

Submissions for the General Entry competitions or the Fine Arts Exhibition, can be made through the Fair’s General Entry office, Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm, or call 719-404-2080.