News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release

​Laura Smith
BVSD School Food Project


Boulder & Broomfield Students to Celebrate Colorado Proud School Meal Day with Chef Demonstration, Tasting and Farm Field Trip

BVSD to Serve Colorado-Sourced Meals on Sept. 12

Boulder Valley School District will showcase its commitment to being “Colorado Proud” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, with a special event at the newly renovated Emerald Elementary School in Broomfield, a field trip for Heatherwood Elementary School students to Ollin Farms in Longmont, and a variety of local offerings in school cafeterias across the district.

BVSD School Food Project will mark Colorado Proud School Meal Day by hosting a Chef Demonstration and Tasting at Emerald Elementary School during lunch. The school has also announced a school-wide “spirit day,” encouraging students to dress like a farmer.

(1) Colorado Proud Farm Field Trip

When: Sept. 12, 2018
Where: 8627 N 95th St, Longmont, CO 80504

Mark and Kena Guttridge, Owners and Operators of Ollin Farms, will host a farm field trip for Heatherwood Elementary second graders. Students will learn about how local farms support the community and the environment. Hands-on learning activities will include harvesting fall radishes and feeding the sheep and chickens.

Thanks to a grant from the USDA AMS Local Food Promotion Program, the BVSD School Food Project is able to send groups of students from around the district to local farms to learn from the farmers themselves. Students in BVSD have the opportunity to choose local food every day by selecting school breakfast or lunch, however many do not understand what that means because they have never seen a farm near their homes or schools. A class field trip to a local farm is an excellent way to connect school lunches, gardens, and local farms. Curricular connections are endless, and the hands-on experience for students, teachers, and parent volunteers alike can be life-changing.

Schedule of Events
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Mark & Kena Guttridge welcome Heatherwood second graders. ***

*** Please contact Laura Smith at or 720-561-6005 if you would like to visit Ollin Farms during this event.

(2) Colorado Proud School Meal Day Cafeteria Event

When: Sept. 12, 2018

Where: Emerald Elementary School, 275 Emerald St, Broomfield, CO 80020

Eric Ditzler, BVSD Food Services District Manager for Emerald, will provide a chef demonstration and tasting of Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa. Students will receive a CO Proud sticker and Harvest of the Month and farmer collector cards. The event will be managed by Laura Smith, SFP Program Coordinator and Eric Ditzler, District Manager.

Schedule of Events

10:45 - 11:05 a.m. Chef Ann Cooper, Laura Smith and Eric Ditzler welcome all guests. Check in at the front office and meet in the school cafeteria.

11:05 - 11:30 a.m. Visit in cafeteria to see lunch program (Kindergarten) in action.

11:30 a.m. Guests are invited to participate in the chef demonstration and tasting event, followed by lunch and (weather permitting) tour of the school’s outdoor space/garden.

(3) Across BVSD

Menu offerings, served in lunchrooms across BVSD on Sept. 12, will include beef nachos with local, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef from Legacy Meats (Kersey, CO); Anasazi beans from Adobe Milling Co. (Dove Creek, CO); and a variety of local produce on school salad bars, including Cresthaven peaches from Wags World Orchards (Eckert, CO); Gala apples and Bartlett pears from Williams Orchards (Cedaredge, CO); watermelon and multi-colored bell peppers from Kilt Farms; and cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini from Ray Domenico Farms (Platteville, CO).

BVSD gives preference in its food purchasing to growers, producers and processors in Boulder and Broomfield counties; then to the surrounding counties (Gilpin, Grand, Larimer, Clear Creek, Arapahoe, Douglas, Weld); then to other areas of Colorado. BVSD’s local purchasing is generally accomplished through direct relationships with farms, dairies, and producers. Food Services works with growers and producers many months in advance to time menu offerings with local harvests. To promote local food procurement, Boulder Valley maintains strategic relationships with nearly a dozen local farmer partners: Boulder County Farmers Markets, Bayberry Fresh, Black Cat Farm, Cure Organic Farm, Food Forethought, Isabelle Farm, Kilt Farm, Jones Farm Organics, Ollin Farm, Ray Domenico Farm, and Rocky Mountain Fresh. The BVSD School Food Project also works with several other local food vendors. Partnerships with these food producers help to promote local food consumption and nutrition and agricultural education to the greater BVSD community.

Please contact Laura Smith at or by phone at 720-561-6005 if you have questions or would like additional information.

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About BVSD’s School Food Project
The BVSD School Food Project (SFP) believes that all children deserve daily access to fresh, flavorful and nutritious food made with wholesome, and when possible, local ingredients so that every child may thrive. In addition to feeding students healthy meals, SFP emphasizes lunchroom education programs to increase students’ food literacy and help them make informed decisions about the types and amounts of food they put in their bodies. All too often children have limited opportunities to learn continuously about food, farming and nutrition. Our program aims to help students make lifelong commitments that support better health and sustainable food systems. Learn more at and be sure to check out our new page dedicated to Local Food!

About Ollin Farms

Ollin Farms believes in the principle of regenerative agriculture. Our goal is to produce top quality farm products while continuing to regenerare surrounding ecosystems. We view our farm as a living, connected system and do many things to ensure the health of the plants, animals, water, and soil that encompass it. Whether it is feeding our family or supplying our community, our focus at Ollin Farms has always been to produce the most nutritious flavorful produce possible. Our bionutrient farming model is founded on getting the right nutrients, in the right proportions into an active, living soil. This includes the small group of nutrients used to raise most of today’s food products as well as the numerous micro-nutrients that are needed by humans and animals to be “healthy.” Where modern agriculture tells us to feed the plant, the bionutrient model tells us to feed the soil. Ultimately it is the soil that will determine the health of everything that grows out of it, including the farm and the community. Learn more at

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