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September 2015 Colorado Proud Newsletter

September 2015 Colorado Proud Newsletter

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August 28-September 7 Colorado State Fair, Pueblo

 September National Food Safety Month

 September 5 CSU Ag Day, Fort Collins

 September 10 USDA’s “Why Local Food Matters” Webinar

 September 11-12 San Luis Valley Potato Festival, Monte Vista

 September 12-13 Sustainable Living Fair, Fort Collins

September 13-15 2015 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference, Crested Butte

September 16 Colorado Specialty Food Makers Meetup, Broomfield

September 17-20 Colorado Mountain Winefest, Palisade

 September 18-20 Pedal The Plains

 September 19 SLV Food Coalition Harvest Soirée, Alamosa

 September 19-20 Slow Money’s Harvest Weekend, Carbondale

 September 26 May Farms Harvest Moon Run, Byers

 September 30 Colorado Proud School Meal Day

 October National Farm to School Month

 October 1-3 Western Apiculture Society Conference, “Putting the Bee in Boulder”

 October 19-23 Denver’s First Annual Cultured Foods Festival

 October 21 WestEx, Denver

 October 23-25 PMA Fresh Summit, Atlanta, GA

 October 26 ACF Colorado Chefs Association Pro/Am Cooking Classic: Night of the Living Fed, Denver

 October 28-30 Denver International Wine Festival

 November 3 Colorado B2B Farmers’ Market: Connecting Producers with Buyers, Denver

 November 6-8 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show, Denver

 November 8 Colorado Cheese Festival, Longmont

 December 31 “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” Photography Contest Deadline

 February 17 Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Grower Association Annual Conference, Denver

 March 11-13 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, Denver


Colorado Food and Agriculture Festivals

Colorado Proud News & Events

Colorado Proud Wins National Award. The 2014 “Choose Colorado” promotion, featuring television advertising and public relations efforts, was nationally recognized with the 2015 Produce Business Magazine Marketing Excellence Award.

Colorado Food & Agriculture Gift Guide. The holidays are just around the corner and consumers are looking for great Colorado gifts. The Colorado Food & Agriculture Gift guide lists food and agricultural products that are perfect for the gift-giving season. If you have food and agricultural products and would like to list, free of charge, please complete the Colorado Food & Agriculture Listing Form. For more information, contact or (303) 869-9175.

Manufactured Foods Program. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s State Manufactured Foods program exists as a resource for all firms in Colorado that produce, package or hold food for human consumption. Their goal is a collaborative regulatory experience for all wholesale/manufactured food businesses. As a reminder, all businesses of this type are required to register with CDPHE annually. A registration form can be found at Please watch for the newsletter that will be forthcoming from the state program next month! Call (303) 692-3645 for more information.

Get Involved-Colorado Proud School Meal Day. Your expertise is needed. Seeking chefs, farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals interested in educating students about agriculture, food, and/or nutrition. Give back and get back. Help local schools statewide educate, showcase local product, and celebrate Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Wednesday, September 30. Your efforts will be recognized! Receive promotional opportunities and recognition from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. If you are interested in volunteering and making a connection with our state’s youth by promoting Colorado agriculture please contact Shaina Knight at (303) 869-9176

CSU Ag Day. Since 1981, Ag Day, a celebration and fundraiser for undergraduate scholarships has been hosted by Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics! Join us for a celebration of Colorado’s rich agricultural heritage before the first home football game. With support from Colorado agricultural organizations and associations, this nonprofit event commits all proceeds for scholarships to Colorado State University agricultural science students. Colorado agricultural producers prepare Colorado’s premier outdoor barbecue from quality Colorado food products. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit

Pedal the Plains. This year’s race, September 18-20, will make stops in Holyoke, Julesburg and Sterling. Race organizers are strengthening the Colorado grown food connection for the riders. From its beginning, the Governor has envisioned this ride as an opportunity for bicycle riders from the I-25 corridor to learn more about where their meat, poultry, dairy, fruit and vegetables come from. After these rides, we want them to have a greater appreciation for the hard working men and women of the Eastern Plains that make it possible for them to enjoy great tasting food grown right here in Colorado. As part of this year’s ride, we’d like to make this connection even more evident by ensuring that the riders have good meals from food grown in Colorado. This is a great opportunity to showcase the products and companies of eastern Colorado. Colorado Proud companies are invited to participate. For more information contact Richard Sandrock at (303) 866-2963 or Learn more at

May Farms Harvest Moon Run. May Farms in Byers is offering a unique agriculture-themed 5K Harvest Moon fun run/walk on September 26. Opportunities are available for companies to display, sample and sell products. For more information contact Christine Smith at (720) 524-4837,  or visit  The Colorado Proud car and tent will be on site during the races to promote local products to consumers.

Colorado B2B Farmers’ Market. The Colorado Business-to-Business (B2B) Farmers’ Market is an opportunity for food and farm businesses to meet, greet, and create new business relationships. The event is a no-cost, no-frills, no-hassle way to connect Colorado food producers to Colorado food buyers. This is a great opportunity for Colorado farmers, ranchers and food and beverage manufacturers to connect with buyers such as restaurants, caterers and distributors. Join us onTuesday, November 3, 2015, 10am3pm, at 3600 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO. For more information and to register, visit

Farmers’ Market Price Reporting. The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is pleased to announce a tool for consumers, agricultural businesses and farmers to obtain market and pricing information for farmers’ markets and farm-to-school programs. In cooperation with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Colorado State University (CSU), CDA is posting market information for specialty crop, meat, poultry, egg, and dairy products marketed through farmers’ markets, farmer auctions, food hubs, farm-to-school, and other local market venues around Colorado. These price reports provide farmers, agricultural businesses, and consumers with a one-stop-shop for market and pricing information. Producers and industry participants can use this unbiased information to track prices and know they are receiving a fair price for their products. The cooperative agreement between AMS and CDA is part of AMS’ expansion of its reporting efforts to include information about local and regional food markets. The market information is available at

Send Me Your New Product News For Facebook. Each week on the Colorado Proud Facebookpage I feature a new product from one of our members. Please e-mail me the name of your new product, when it became available, a photo of the product, your company name, where people can buy the product, website and your Facebook address.

What’s New? Jus Cookin’s utilizes more than 10,000 pounds (that’s 5 tons) of Palisade peaches each year for their fresh peach cobbler. 5280 Chocolates is launching a new “healthy” line of chocolates, infused with herbs, berries and nuts. Jackson’s Honest Chips is the first company in the world to produce potato and tortilla chips cooked in organic coconut oil. Watch the video about their company. Primo Specialty Foods is offering a new product: Berry Pasilla Preserves. The Boulder Farmers’ Market was named the Best Farmers’ Market on USA Today’s 10 Best List on August 21. If you have news to share, contact Wendy at (303) 869-9174.


Grants & Funding

Looking for Grants? Visit

Know Your Farmer. Know Your Food. Visit for information about grants and loans.

Colorado Tourism Office Matching Grant Program. The Colorado Tourism Office’s Marketing Matching Grant Program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations in the State of Colorado for the purpose of promoting the state or a region as a tourism destination. The Colorado Tourism Office will award grants up to $25,000 this year.  Funds will be awarded to organizations whose objective is to promote the state or the defined region. For every $1 the organization allocates to the program, the Colorado Tourism Office will provide $1 in matching funds. Up to 20% of the match may be in-kind, which may include services such as staff time or donated services or materials relevant to the grant project. The deadline for grant requests is Thursday, October 15, 2015. Visit for more information or contact Elizabeth O’Rear at (303) 892-3893, elizabeth.o’

 Wester SARE Mini Grants. Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) is now offering up to $2,000 per mini grant for educational programming and training. These grant applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two types of applications for professional development travel scholarships and professional development mini-grants for projects. Please visit for more information.  Other open grant programs include: Professional Development (Due October 28th), Farmer/Rancher (Due December 2nd), and Professional + Producer (Due December 2nd). Descriptions of each program and links to the full Call for Proposals can be found at The Western SARE Administrative Council will select reviewed proposals that are innovative; diverse in content, subject matter, and geography; demonstrate tangible outcomes; and provide readily adaptable technologies and information suitable to the adoption of sustainable farming and ranching systems by producers in the western region.

 USDA Rural Development Programs. The vision of USDA Rural Development is “a rural America that is a healthy, safe and prosperous place to live and work” and its mission is “to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural Americans.” Rural Development helps communities meet their basic needs by building water and waste water systems, financing decent, affordable housing, supporting electric power and rural businesses, including cooperatives and supporting community development with information and technical assistance. Colorado Rural Development made grants, loans, and loan guarantees for over $406 million in Fiscal Year 2013 for community facilities, rural businesses, renewable energy, housing, and value added agriculture. For information regarding USDA Rural Development’s grant and loan programs, visit


Trade Shows, Events & Festivals

Denver Chili Fest. This festival for southwestern food lovers will be held at Lulu’s Farm in Brighton on September 19, 10am-6pm. 5,000 people are expected to attend. If you are interested in having a booth and showcasing your product, contact Anita at (303) 316-8002 or

SLV Food Coalition Harvest Soiree. Enjoy “Tapas by the River” at the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park in Alamosa, noon-5pm on Saturday, September 19. There will also be a farm tour on Sunday, September 20. More details at

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show. The 12th annual Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show, November 6-8, 2015 at the Denver Mart, is the largest holiday gift show in Colorado with 450 booths of art, handmade items, specialty foods, clothing, jewelry, unique gifts and so much more! Each year 25,000 holiday shoppers look forward to the first weekend in November at the Denver Mart where they shop for exciting gifts for family, friends and themselves. Exhibitors receive 500 watts of electricity per booth FREE, tables, risers, chairs and waste baskets are FREE, the booths are carpeted and the parking is FREE!  A 10×10 booth in the Plaza is $595, but other options and pricing are available. For more information please call Kim Peck at (800) 521-7469.


Other News and Opportunities

Local Food Shift Magazine. Launching in early September 2015 and publishing quarterly, Local Food Shift is a regional print and digital magazine that celebrates the people and projects changing the way people eat and live. 20,000 copies will be distributed throughout Colorado and the magazine’s pages will be filled with stories celebrating the farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, educators, students, innovative chefs, food and beverage artisans and other culinary professionals.Click here to learn more.

LocalFood CS Mobile App. LocalFood CS is a mobile app for local food in the Pikes Peak region. What makes this local food portal unique? It is region specific and the information is in real time. Download for iPhone or Android. For more information contact Elise at

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. CFVGA’s mission is to improve business conditions for Colorado’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers of all sizes, production practices and marketing channels. Whether you are a grower, an industry that engages with produce growers, or a partner who wants to see Colorado produce continue to benefit the citizens of Colorado, you are invited to join. For more information, visit

Colorado Specialty Food Makers Group. If you make specialty or packaged foods and are open to sharing your experiences with other local food makers, join the Colorado Specialty Food Makers group. This new and growing group meets on the third Wednesday of every month for networking and educational workshops. To learn more or to join, visit or contact Sara Lancaster at


Dairy Corner

September is whole grains month! Make your whole grain oatmeal with milk for an extra protein boost (not to mention extra creaminess!) It’s a great, quick breakfast for those headed back to school. Visit for more breakfast ideas from WDA.


Agritourism Update

Announcing the New Roots Channel on Get right to your favorite things to do in the Heritage and Agritourism World of Colorado. Be sure that your Heritage and Agritourism business is listed on to take advantage of some great PR and Social Media. Visit Download your roots guide today.

Cultural, Heritage & Agritourism Mentor Program (CHAMP).
How does CHAMP work?

·        Interested cultural, heritage tourism and agritourism businesses complete a short online application.
·        Once a Project is selected into the CHAMP Program, we’ll pair the Project with a Mentor and both parties will work together to agree on a scope of work, deliverables and time frame. CHAMP Mentors are available for phone and on-site consultation.
·        50 hours of consulting assistance are available at no cost to each selected Project.

Who are the Mentors?

·        CHAMP Mentors are from all over the state and offer expertise in areas such as outdoor recreation, entertainment and special events, bringing local history to life, heritage preservation and local food and dining experiences, among others.

We understand that your time is limited. We are here to help! Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process – we love to talk about CHAMP! You can call us at (303) 579-2219 or email and

Links to additional information:

CHAMP Program Overview

CHAMP Application

CHAMP Case Studies

Colorado Agritourism Association. The Colorado Agritourism Association is here to serve you. Contact us about your signs, get a membership and get linked in to the newest advocacy group for keeping farming in the family. Visit for more information.


Agritourism Liability Signs Available. House Bill 1280 requires an agritourism business to post a sign with specific language. Signs are available; they are .040 aluminum with radius edges and four fastening holes drilled for your convenience.

Two ways to get signs:

1) Visit and make sure you have a business listing. You can get a basic listing for free. Six million unique users visited the website last year looking for information while planning their Colorado vacation. Send Kelli the link to your listing and an address to ship the signs to and you will receive two signs for free.

2) Send a mailing address to Kelli Hepler, with the Colorado Agritourism Association, with a check made payable to Colorado Agritourism Association for $18.00 per sign plus $2 per sign shipping and handling. All proceeds will go to support the CHAMP program,

For more information on agritourism activities or to sign up for the Heritage and Agritourism Committee newsletter, contact Laura or Kelli.


Farm to School Update

Farm to School Webinars. Visit for free webinars from the USDA.

Colorado Farm to School Task Force Facebook Page. Be sure to “Like” the Colorado Farm to School Task Force Facebook page at

Sign Up For The Colorado Farm to School Newsletter. The Colorado Farm to School Task Force sends a monthly newsletter and occasional updates designed to keep you informed about the latest farm to school activities and resources in Colorado. To receive the newsletter, please visit and subscribe to Colorado Farm to School Updates.

National Farm to School e-mail alerts list. Want to hear right away about important FTS events, funding opportunities, and more? Join their mailing list today!

USDA Farm to School newsletter has a wealth of timely information you don’t want to miss.  Sign up for the Farm to School E-letter today.


Workshops, Seminars and Training

Food Preservation Classes. CSU Extension offers a variety of food preservation classes, in addition to their Cottage Foods Safety training. Visit for information, including dates and locations.

Boulder County Building Farmers Program. Applications are being accepted through September 28 for the Boulder County Building Farms “Principles” Course, an 8 week course offered in Longmont beginning October 21. The Colorado Building Farmers program builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers (0–10 years’ experience). The course is a series of 8 evening classes designed to help new farmers explore farming as a business and provide intermediate and experienced farmers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business management, production, and marketing skills. For more information, visit

Western Apiculture Society Conference. Hosted by the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, the conference theme is “Putting the Bee in Boulder,” October 1-3, 2015. The first two days will be “Healthy Bee” and will focus on topics supporting bee health.  The final day is “Bee Healthy” and is focused on bees and human health/interaction and will be a community celebration featuring the ABF’s “Kids and Bees” program as well as Matt Camper from CSU performing a “bee beard” (or two)!  Saturday’s events are geared towards involving the general public. This should be a great event! For more information, visit

Food Safety Training for Cottage Food Vendors. This 3 hour training provides a 3 year certification and meets the food safety training requirement for Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Learn the specifics for operating a food business from a home kitchen. Review the law, permissible foods and ingredient labeling requirements.  We will cover basics of food safety-including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transporting produce and sales. Resources for food preparation at altitude and for going further with your business will be shared. For workshop days and locations and more information visit or contact Anne Zander at (303) 678-6238 or

Developing a Safe Food Business Certificate. Planning to start a cottage food business in your home kitchen, rent a commercial kitchen to produce your product, or begin a small-scale food manufacturing facility? It’s an exciting time to be a food entrepreneur, but there are also many regulations and requirements to navigate. Even if you’re thinking something more local, such as selling homemade foods at a farmers market or maybe a holiday fair, this safe food handling certificate is a must for you! CSU’s online curriculum covers two topics a week for eight weeks, and you will learn about many of the necessary food safety practices and regulations needed to start your food company. Click here for more information.

Food Handlers Training Offered. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering an online training for food handlers. By taking this training, food handlers will learn the basics of safe food handling in the workplace as they are presented with activities that will allow them to respond to scenarios they may encountered in the workplace. The fee is $10.00 and the training can be accessed at

Better Process Control School Available Online. Registrants for the online class must be within the U.S. to be eligible, due to FDA requirements for this online course. The material covered in this course is the same material (16 chapters) that is covered in the in-person course. The course is meant to be taken on demand (there is no start and end date), but it must be completed in 3 months of receiving your login invitation after registering. The cost is $400. Registration is by credit card only. Visit for more information. After you register, a course textbook will be mailed to your registration address so you can study. You will be sent an invitation to log into the site after that, and you’ll have 3 months to complete the exams. E-mail Zann Gates at for any procedural and logistics questions, and Dr. Diane Barrett at for technical questions.

Workshop Resources. There are a variety of local organizations that host business workshops. Be sure to visit the following sites for great information and event calendars.

Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA):

Aurora Business Development Center:

Colorado Small Business Administration:

Colorado Small Business Development Center Networks:

Denver Metro Small Business Development Center:

Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute:


The Food Processing Center-University of Nebraska, Lincoln,

New Mexico State University Better Process Control School,



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Equipment For Sale. True GDM-49F 2 door glass commercial merchandising freezer. 49 cu. ft., (8) shelves, laminated vinyl exterior, NSF approved white interior w/300 series s/s floor, (2) triple thermal pane glass hinged doors, fluorescent interior lights, voltage 115/208-30/60. 54 ⅛ x 29 ⅞ x 78 ⅝.  Made in America.  Nearly new, used only 8 mo.  MSRP $7,184.00; Paid $5,900, asking $4,949 or best offer. For more information and to set up showing, contact Herbert, (303) 680-1829.

Service Guide. Looking for label printers or a graphic designer? How about a web development company or food consultant? Be sure to visit the Colorado Proud Service Guide for a helpful list of contacts.

 Looking for Kitchen Space or a Co-Packer? Visit the Colorado Co-Pack Directory online.

*Not all events are sponsored by Colorado Proud, and inclusion in the newsletter does not constitute an endorsement by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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