4 Elements of the Food System – Data Presented at Open House Meetings
Northern Colorado Regional Food Assessment Flyer (printable PDF)
The food system is like any other system — it has a lot of parts. A Northern Colorado Regional Food system assessment looks at the various components of the food system and determines where it is working well and which parts need strengthening. Generally, the components of the food system are:
The Northern Colorado Regional Food System Assessment will study the food system as it exists. Using that baseline, recommendations can be made for enhancing the food system for our community’s benefit.
Who will do the assessment?
Larimer County is the lead agency on the project. Boulder and Weld Counties, the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and Colorado State University also have leading roles. Members of the public throughout the region will be directly involved.
How long will it take to complete the project?
The groups needed to conduct the assessment will be organized by late January 2010. The final report will be completed by the end of 2010.
What are the goals of the assessment project?
How will the assessment benefit the community?
The food system touches many aspects of people’s lives – from economic diversity and strength, to the availability of productive agricultural lands, to the social aspects of food supply and quality – the food system influences our quality of life.
A stronger food system will benefit everyone and can be achieved by reinforcing existing robust components and establishing new connections.
A Project Advisory Team (PAT), made up of citizens, will be formed in each of the three counties:
The citizens’ advisory groups will provide information to the technical researchers and offer advice on how the study should be conducted.
The public can get involved in many ways: