Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred United States-based groups who are cultivating a better food system, including these eight from Colorado:
The Colorado Field Institute gives lectures, provides educational field experience, and researches local plants and wildlife with the aim of preserving the natural and cultural environment of the San Luis Valley and promoting sustainable economic development.
Food Rescue Alliance is committed to building a less wasteful food system in Colorado. With chapters in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs, the alliance uses bicycles to transport excess perishable food directly to shelters and soup kitchens, eliminating any additional waste or delay created by a central processing facility.
Foraged Feast is a Denver-based food recovery project that gathers and distributes excess local produce from farmers markets and local distributors, and harvests unwanted, fresh fruit from private and public spaces to underserved community members. By sharing abundant resources, Foraged Feast can connect local food to local needs.
The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor urban farm operating out of a 20,000 square foot greenhouse in Denver, CO. GrowHaus is committed to promoting and teaching healthy sustainable foods and lifestyles through food production, public workshops, and service learning programs.
The Growing Project works to address food insecurity in Larimer County by making fresh, regional food more accessible to community members. This is achieved through establishing community gardens, providing educational programs on nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture, and leading advocacy efforts that promote community access to food grown locally.
Grow Local Colorado is formed by volunteers committed to local food, strong communities, and sustainable economies. Grow Local Colorado organizes edible community gardens, contributes to local food banks, and provides seasonal recipes.
Hunger Free Colorado works to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition by bringing together families, individuals, government agencies, and community organizations. Initiatives like the Hunger Free Hotline and Your Neighborhood Food Truck streamline the registration process, making it easier for hungry people to get assistance.
MM Local works with Colorado family farmers to preserve organic fruits and vegetables and market them through selected retailers. Their website features bios on participating farmers as well as suggested recipes.