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Community Building

We offer events dedicated to community building in the food industry sphere that are intended to:

  • Build pride in our Northern Colorado food system
  • Bring together food, beverage, agriculture and ancillary services actors to connect and foster collaboration
  • Provide education and learnings about food-specific topics as well as general good business practices

Building It

Building It is a quarterly industry event focusing on a theme in the food and beverage industry.  We invite founders, entrepreneurs and innovators in the food and beverage sector to share their stories behind the businesses movements they built.  We will celebrate their success, but also discuss the challenges that they faced as they built their organizations (based on NPR’s How I Built It podcast). This series will raise awareness about our thriving local businesses and the challenges they face, as well as serve as a resource for our region’s aspiring entrepreneurs to identify opportunities in our local agri-food supply chains. Each event features one to four businesses with a moderated discussion around a theme.  After the event, there will be time for questions, tastings (if presenters have products to try) and networking.

Our mission at the Northern Colorado Food Cluster is to celebrate and grow community awareness and pride for our thriving local agriculture, food, beverage, and supporting agri-food supply chain businesses. Whether you run a brewery or bakery, farm or ranch, distribution or processing firm, we are here to bring in resources and information that can help you run your business and promote our region’s agri-food system.

Building It : Women Who Brew will be a part of Startup Week Fort Collins on March 1 from 3-5pm at Innosphere.  Stay tuned for more details.

Our panel will include:

Carol Cochran; Horse & Dragon Brewing
Loren Matthews; 5003 Distillery
Jennifer Siewald; Summit Hard Cider
Twila Henley; Grouse Malting
Natalie diSanto; Turtle Mountain Tea
Lesley Brandt; Bean Cycle Roasters

Community Connect

Community Connects are an opportunity to network, connect with other food businesses and the local food community as well as eat and drink locally-sourced food and beverages prepared by Z Catering, Staffing & Events with local food and drink provided by sponsors Donoma Farm,  June Poppies, The Fox & Crow, Summit Hard Cider and Perry Company, Lost Prairie Winery & Horse & Dragon Brewery.  Each quarter has a theme with 2-4 short presentations on the theme.  Community Connects are open to to all in the community who are passionate about our local food system.  Time is allowed for socializing, eating, drinking and connecting before and after the presentations.

Our next Community Connect will be a part of our Annual Meeting on February 27th at Innosphere.  More detail to be announced soon.