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Northern Colorado Food Cluster


Creating a healthy community through a resilient, local food system.

Email: nocofoodcluster@gmail.com 

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Northern Colorado Food Cluster


Creating a healthy community through a resilient, local food system.

Email: nocofoodcluster@gmail.com 

An outdoor market connects consumers with local producers. 

An outdoor market connects consumers with local producers. 

What can the Food Cluster do for our community? 

Eating fresh, local food 

Builds consumer demand for local food through outreach and education 

Creation of new jobs 

Supports job creation in the production, processing, distribution, retail and marketing sectors by increasing demand for local foods 

Economic opportunities for my business 

Guides community in developing unique food strategies that create opportunities for new and innovative business roles and practices 

A venue to share projects and learn from others 

Connects community groups and individuals working on food projects to increase collective capacity and reduce redundancy 

Health of all residents 

Increases healthy food access by connecting residents directly with affordable, fresh and nutrient dense products

How will the Food Cluster accomplish this?

High impact projects

Enhance community efforts around specific, targeted projects that are highly doable and have a high impact for the broader community. 

 

Monitoring public policy

Understand the range of existing public policies (at all levels) and identify gaps or barriers within existing policies.

Outreach and messaging

Provide the community with overview of the Food Cluster, its activities and its impacts. 

Announcements


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Announcements


(UPDATED November 8, 2014)

We heard from you! 

Thank you to all the community members that attended the Nov. 6th meeting.  At our Board Meeting yesterday we reviewed your feedback and have made a few adjustments. Other plans are in the works to bring more value to membership. In the mean time: 
  1. Student Membership for $30 a year. The discount will allow students to connect with the regional food system players and explore employment, internship and volunteer opportunities. This is open to active students. Use the coupon code STUMEMBR14. The code is valid until December 31st. 
  2. Open Community Newsletter. The monthly community newsletter will remain open to any community member that signs up, regardless of membership status. To sign up you must visit the Contact Page of the website.
  3.  Coming Perks for Members. The Board and the Advisory Committee and Outreach Committee are working to develop added value for our General Membership. Sign up today and stay tuned!.
Our new logo! 

Our new logo! 

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Background


We work together strategically, effectively and in alignment with our values of honoring each other, remaining open to all community voices and being inclusive of all groups.

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Background


We work together strategically, effectively and in alignment with our values of honoring each other, remaining open to all community voices and being inclusive of all groups.

Who is organizing the food cluster? 

The mission of the Northern Colorado Food Cluster (NCFC) is to create a healthy community through a resilient, local food system and to support and promote local food production, distribution and consumption. During the cluster’s formation process the Steering Committee has worked together strategically, effectively and in alignment with their shared values of  honoring each other, remaining open to all community voices and being inclusive of all groups.

The NCFC’s work impacts the newly emerging local food sector, with additional impacts on local food production and public health advocacy. Nine local partners have been involved in the steering committee to date. The businesses and organizations that have showed continued engagement and support for the cluster include the City of Fort Collins (Gardens on Spring Creek, the Sustainability Services Area, and Planning Services department), The Food Bank for Larimer County, University of Colorado Health’s CanDo Program, Spring Kite Farm LLC, Trebuchet Group, and Colorado State University (Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Extension Services, Center for Public Deliberation).

What can NCFC do for our community? 

Eating fresh, local food 

Builds consumer demand for local food through outreach and education 

Creation of new jobs 

Supports job creation in the production, processing, distribution, retail and marketing sectors by increasing demand for local foods 

Economic opportunities for my business 

Guides community in developing unique food strategies that create opportunities for new and innovative business roles and practices 

A venue to share projects and learn from others 

Connects community groups and individuals working on food projects to increase collective capacity and reduce redundancy 

Health of all residents 

Increases healthy food access by connecting residents directly with affordable, fresh and nutrient dense products

How can I get more involved? 

NCFC is community driven. There are various committees you can participate in including: 

  •  Local Inventory
  •  High Impact Projects
  •  Monitoring Public Policy
  •  Organizational Structure
  •  Outreach and Messaging
  •  Funding and Fundraising
  •  Board of Directors

For more information fill out out form on our contact page.