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The 2023 Colorado Food Summit is informed by the work of food and agricultural groups, councils, and coalitions operating across the state. Between April and June of 2023, food and ag groups were invited to share relevant planning documents, reports, assessments, meeting notes, minutes, and agendas with the Statewide Steering Committee from gatherings held between January of 2022 and June of 2023.
A list of food and agriculture events was compiled by the Colorado Food Summit State Steering Committee, the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council, the Colorado State University Food Systems Institute and Office of Engagement and Extension, and Regional Committees. For events that did not supply relevant documents, every effort was made to collect the information, including through review of relevant websites, and discussions with key informants. Documents were coded by an external partner. Regional priorities were identified and categorized by theme and synthesized into four conference tracks for the 2023 CO Food Summit.
The priorities were shared with the Regional Committees for feedback and verification. Meetings with each of the five Regional Committees (loosely based on the CSU Around the State & In Your Community Map) were held in June 2023. The final priorities organized by Summit tracks included the 4 areas of focus below.
Between August-October, the Statewide Steering Committee will use the final list to build out an agenda and confirm speakers, complete with several workshops for each of the four tracks.
The Young Leaders Host Committee was recruited from across the state. Their planning process started with observations from their own communities, that led to conversations across the group to surface similarities and differences. From there, the group decided on goals and purpose of the Youth Summit. The final identified themes are:
The students then self-selected a theme area and are building out sessions between August-October. Each host committee member is also responsible for a role in producing the actual event, such as Creative Director, Communications Director, Guest Experience Director, and Finance Director.
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Given the focus on leveraging food policy, we our planning committee is made up of representatives from each of the state’s food policy councils/coalitions, which are in turn representative of the diversity of Colorado’s food systems.
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