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August Monthly Meeting (In-Person)
08/02/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Food programs in our community
We are so excited to have a great lineup of speakers for our in-person meeting on Monday, August 2nd, from 6:30-8pm on the Broomfield Crescent Grange’s back patio (7901 W. 120th Ave, Broomfield)! Each speaker represents an organization dedicated to improving food service options in Broomfield and beyond.
Connecting the Community with Healthy Food, Healthy Soil and Local Farmers
Dave Carter is one of the volunteer founders of the Broomfield Farmers Market at the Holy Comforter and serves as principal of Crystal Springs Consulting Inc., where he works extensively on issues relating to organic farming, natural food, and regenerative agriculture. The farmers’ market is an ideal forum for residents to get to know the people and practices behind the food they feed their families and he will discuss the importance of knowing where our food comes from and how it is produced.
Dave also serves part-time as executive director of the 1,200-member National Bison Association where he works to strengthen production and marketing systems for North American bison ranchers. The second part of his presentation will discuss the importance of animals in regenerative agricultural systems.
Feeding Families and Fueling Hope
Broomfield FISH is a nonprofit organization that provides food, emergency assistance, and one-on-one mentoring support to Broomfield residents in need. We will be hearing from Mike Lutz, the Broomfield FISH Food Operations Manager about how this organization runs their food distribution programs. He will also discuss the ways they work to eliminate food waste, like working with local farms to feed pigs and chickens.
Food Drive: Please bring items to donate to FISH with you to our meeting! Extra produce from your gardens are welcome!
How BVSD Promotes Children’s Health and Well Being with Local, Healthy Food
Stephen Menyhart, Food Service Director for Boulder Valley School District, will discuss the multiple initiatives underway to promote children’s health and well being in Boulder County. He will also be presenting on the past 17 months of pandemic feeding programs and on the lessons learned from the pandemic that they hope to continue to employ in the “new normal”. Other topics will include: local purchasing, Farm-to-School, and allergens & food safety. A questions and answer session will follow Chef Stephen’s presentation and he would love to connect with lots of BVSD student families.
Making Packaged Food Zero Waste
Sarah Savage, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist will be joining us to discuss Danone North America’s ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ (ZWTL) program. Danone North America, a food and beverage manufacturer, sets the bar high with a goal to have less than 1% of non-hazardous materials entering the landfill. Waste includes any abandoned or discarded material no longer intended for its original use including raw materials, finished products, packaging and byproducts. The steps taken by Danone today could become a model for the entire food production industry tomorrow.