The mission of the Northern Colorado Local Food Cluster 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 Northern Colorado Local Food Cluster’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 Social Sustainability department, 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). The Food Cluster wishes to actively pursue 501(c) 3 status in early 2014.

The Local Food Cluster recently contracted with Ashley Colpaart as our coordinator to serve as the point person to move the Cluster forward into formal organization.