Our work is project-based. This means that we will approach any community need as an independent challenge, and then work within the community to identify the best solution. In some cases, this might mean simply raising a small amount of funds and then letting others take it from there. Other times, it might mean establishing a for-profit model, finding the right investors, and helping an entrepreneur succeed. In other cases, it might mean taking ownership from the start, and integrating the outcome into the non-profit. We are already working on a few projects, so read on for more information.
We have developed The Certified Local Program in recognition and celebration of Northern Colorado restaurants supporting the local food economy. The program verifies that restaurants listing local farms and producers on their menus are regularly purchasing from them, which ensures the benefits of farm-to-table are shared with producers. In return for your commitment to growing our local food economy, this certification will recognize you for your efforts, and we will work to improve our local food system’s capacity to meet your needs as a restaurateur. LEARN MORE
Farmers Market Structure
As detailed in our post, we are beginning conversations about how best to grow the downtown Fort Collins farmers market. Comparable cities in other regions often have permanent structures for their flagship farmers markets, providing shelter, bathrooms, and storage space. Beautiful farmers market structures help make weekly markets a destination. We believe Fort Collins deserves such a structure. Please help us plan and build it by providing your support.
Collaboration with PVCF
We are creating a working relationship with Poudre Valley Community Farms to build needed food system elements on land that they manage. PVCF works to provide affordable long-term access to farmland for farmers, so infrastructure such as a food hub, or even farm development programs such as a farm incubator, may fall outside their mission. In these instances, PVCF will provide the land while the Foodshed Project does the rest! Help us move this relationship forward by providing general support.