The Northern Colorado Food Incubator (NCFI) is dedicated to building a sustainable food economy. Working collaboratively, we support independent community- and land-based businesses and advocate for a whole, resilient community and bio-region. We provide support, guidance and assistance to food-related businesses and entrepreneurs in Northern Colorado.
We provide consultation to help your food-related businesses succeed. On this site, you will find a variety of start-up information and resources, as well as information about events of interest to food entrepreneurs and "local food people."
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Looking for information on starting a business or finding a kitchen? See the Start a Business page Looking for sources of local food? See the Find Local Food pages.
Council Tree Covenant Church in Fort Collins is beginning a really cool project and is looking for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Ministry Coordinator (paid position, 8 months/year). From the job description: "Manage and develop all aspects of a future vegetable CSA designed to serve low-income households. Position also includes coordinating and creating an inclusive garden environment for a diverse volunteer pool such as the church community, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly."
Small Farm Classifieds: The April edition is online here and can also be downloaded directly from this site here. Submissions for the May edition are due April 30 -- at the website.
There's a new resource for new farmers. The US Dept of Agriculture recently launched a new website designed based on feedback from new and beginning farmers and ranchers around the country who cited unfamiliarity with programs and resources as a challenge to starting and expanding their operations. The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to growing a farming or ranching operation, to filing taxes as a new small business owner. By answering a series of questions about their operation, farmers can use the website's Discovery Tool to build a personalized set of recommendations of USDA programs and services that may meet their needs. Check it out at www.usda.gov/newfarmers
Save the date: National Small Farm Conference: Virginia State University will host the 7th National Small Farm Conference, Sept 20-22, 2016, in collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture. The event will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is serving as the lead USDA Agency, with other agencies collaborating. The website is here
National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Biennial event convening diverse stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement. The conference is hosted by the National Farm to School Network, in partnership with a local host organization. To be held June 1-4, 2016 in Madison, WI. Registration begins February 15. See the Conference web site with lots of details here.
Farmers’ Market Food Safety Training: Iowa State University has designed four online modules to provide science-based information on safe food production and handling specific to farmers' markets, with a focus on specialty foods and good agricultural practices (GAPs). The intended audience is farmers market managers and farmers market vendors. Click here for more info
Charitable Crops Donations brochure with info about how this new program works -- click here.