Many state and private institutions are extremely price conscious with food purchases and have no experience working with Colorado’s farm and food producers, distributors, and workers. Turn-over in institutional leaders and food buyers often negatively impacts producers with loss of market-share.
Requirement that all Colorado institutions purchasing food buy a minim of 20% of annually from Colorado farms, ranches, food businesses using Colorado-grown food and food hubs. Encourage multi-year purchasing-production agreements.
Train institution directors, buyers and chefs and develop standard operating procedures and practices for working with small producers, worker-owned food business, cooperatives, and food hubs.
Hold an annual farm-food-institution meet and greet event for producers and institutional buyers to discuss issues and build relationships.
Develop Purchasing agreement standards and template for use by Colorado institutions that purchase food and beverages.