WHy We Exist and Who we Are

 

WHY WE EXIST

Local food has the power to transform communities. It has the power to connect people to the land, to their neighbors, both human and other-than-human, and to all that is special about the places they choose to inhabit. 

But in some places, the promise of local food is latent — our region included. The Northern Colorado Foodshed is a special place with complex opportunities and challenges. Our local food system has the potential for growth and impact. Left unrealized and untapped, we miss out on all the amazing outcomes that local food can bring.

That’s why the Northern Colorado Foodshed Project exists — to manifest the power of local food in our region. We want to enliven our local food system to be more productive, accessible and secure. We believe in a future where our local food system is nourishing the well-being of our region and all who live within it, restoring connections to fuel a vibrant and dynamic community.

HOW WE APPROACH OUR WORK

By expanding the capacity of our food system and empowering everyone within it, we’ll manifest the power of local food in our region. To do this we focus on sparking demand, supporting production, increasing shared infrastructure and services, and growing the capacity of partner organizations. We also work to understand the needs of all people connected to our local food system and create opportunities for connection, gathering and the sharing of resources. 

WHO WE ARE

 

The Foodshed Project is run by an invested board of directors and small team of passionate people – all who believe in our purpose of manifesting the power of local food in Northern Colorado. In In all we do, we are guided by our values, which help us deliver on our purpose.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kevin Jablonski, Board President
CSU Extension/ Dept. of Animal Sciences

Dawn Thilmany, Board Member
CSU Office of Engagement

Liz Grossi, Board Member
City of Fort Collins, Communications & Public Involvement

Haydn Christensen, Board Member
Colorado Fresh Farms

Max Moss, Board Member
Montava/ HF2M

Alyssa McConkey, Board Member
Earth Force

STAFF

Carli Donoghue, Executive Director

Carli@foodshedproject.org

Kenan Hill, Accelerator Program Onsite Manger

apm@foodshedproject.org

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTS

Poudre Valley Community Farms

  • City of Fort Collins
  • Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  • Larimer County Farmers Alliance
  • CSU Extension
  • Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
  • FoCo Cafe
  • CSU Food Systems Initiative
  • Montava/HF2M
  • Sproutin’ Up
  • Bio-logical Capital
  • The Family Center/La Familia
  • ReKaivery, Inc.

OUR VALUES

STRONG BACK

OPEN MIND

BIG HEART 

WILD SPIRIT