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mission


Our mission is to foster food security for all community members and to promote a healthy, equitable and sustainable local food system (from production to distribution to access) with consideration for resource conservation, energy efficiency and waste recovery.

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mission


Our mission is to foster food security for all community members and to promote a healthy, equitable and sustainable local food system (from production to distribution to access) with consideration for resource conservation, energy efficiency and waste recovery.

PURPOSE

Our purpose is to educate, raise awareness and build support for our food system; advise the city on laws, policies and programs; and promote food security and foster a Sustainable Food System.

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Who We Are


The people that make up the SFPC.

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Who We Are


The people that make up the SFPC.

We are a group of enthusiastic, enterprising community members who care deeply about creating a "food-ecosystem" that does it's best to honor everyone living in Denver. Some of us are/have been food-system professionals, but many people connect with us simply because they're interested in creating a more dynamic experience of  food within their community. While council membership seats are limited, community members of any identification are warmly encouraged to attend our regular, monthly, full-council meetings, where there is more opportunity to get involved. Members are appointed to the SFPC by the Mayor, and Ex-officio members provide significant support in organizing the activities of the SFPC.

ERIC KORNACKI

CO-CHAIR

Re:Vision/Westwood Food Cooperative

Eric is a food and social justice fanatic. His drive to build a better kind of business began while working on an all women owned co-op in Costa Rica and writing his thesis on the impact of Fair Trade coffee cooperatives in Nicaragua. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Economics, Eric pursued his passion of building resilient communities back in his Colorado home by founding Re:Vision. His contributions to Denver’s local food movement has landed him an appointment by former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council; he was selected as a Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Fellow; and after graduating from the National Farmers Union Beginning Farmer Institute, he now serves as the President of the Denver/Jefferson chapter of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. 


MICKKI LANGSTON

Mickki Langston is the co-founder of Mile High Business Alliance, an organization which led the "buy local" and "eat local" movement in Denver from 2007-2015. A passionate leader and entrepreneur, Mickki brings a passion for local business, meaningful community building, and the empowerment of girls and women to everything she does. In her "spare" time, Mickki makes soap and other skin care products, support local food systems via the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and engages with local leaders via Colfax on the Hill and other organizations focused on building local capacity. Mickki lives in Denver with her partner and seven-year old daughter Isabel. She likes walking her aging Labrador Retriever and learning new soap recipes. Learn more at www.denversoap.com and follow her at www.linkedin.com/in/mickki


JESSICA CHANCE

Chance Multimedia/Stories Without Borders

Jessica Schneider Chance is a documentary filmmaker and nonprofit communications specialist, focused on storytelling and audience engagement in the interest of achieving human rights for all people.  Many of the short films she has produced professionally focus on the impact of community gardens in vulnerable communities throughout Denver. Personally, she has volunteered throughout Denver as a Master Community Gardener, and has enjoyed several years as a community garden leader and producer. In alignment with her work as owner of Chance Multimedia and Executive Director of the nonprofit, Stories Without Borders, Jessica believes that access to healthy sustainable food is a basic human right. This belief also drives her service as a community member of the Denver SFPC.


Mya Bea

Ministry of Food

Mya is a champion of humane food & slow(er) living practices, in order to help bring about the soulful, mindful shifts that lead communities to greater health & resiliency. Under the moniker "Liberation Sequence Gardens" (LSG), Mya & Luca Bea have most recently created a 22-foot mobile garden for their "Ministry of Food" project. After a broadly-successful 2015 pilot, the garden is back and ready to engage big community questions around "Waking Up in America." Prior to the Ministry of Food project, LSG worked at the sidewalk-level (since 2011), helping pockets of neighbors in NNE (Near Northeast) Denver build semi-communal garden plots. Their work, as a sort of "good food" missionary outfit, has been across a broad spectrum of citizens and organizations. Standing at the intersection of art, advocacy & community, the Ministry of Food Mobile Garden is a cross-pollinator of skills, ideas, inspiration, education & activation.  

Mya was a founding member of the Near Northeast Health Action Network's Wise Council (2011) - now SHARE of NNE Denver (a LiveWell Community); she was also on the core planning team for their community-based food assessment (2013-14). She worked closely with the SFPC's "Residential Sales" Workgroup, resulting in the council's traction-gaining work around the "sell-what-you-grow-from-your-house" ordinance (2013); she has been a council member since 2014 and currently co-chairs the council's Membership Workgroup (2015).  


Patti Iwasaki

Taking Neighborhood Heart to Health

Patti Iwasaki joined the Denver SFPC after stepping off a Minority Health advisory body to Colorado’s health department. She taught as an adjunct professor at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work for over a decade, focusing on mind-body health, community health, and healthcare interventions. Her professional work since returning to the US (she worked with Whitehall/government workers in England on a Stress & Health study) has been in community-based participatory research among African American, Asian, and Latino communities in Colorado and Texas, and addressing health disparity/equity issues. She is the owner of a Aussie/border collie, and practices alternative healing traditions (Jin Shin Jyutsu & essential oils). She also has her own consulting business.

ADAM BROCK  CO-CHAIR

GrowHaus

Adam Brock is a permaculture designer and teacher based in Denver, Colorado. Born and raised in Denver, Adam has a degree in Ecological Design from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, as well as certifications in permaculture design and teaching. Since 2007, Adam’s work has explored the intersection of urban agriculture, social justice, and sustainable business. In 2009, he co-founded The GrowHaus, a food justice nonprofit in Denver that has become a key hub for Denver’s local food movement and received numerous awards for its work. In 2013 Adam was a TEDxMileHigh speaker, and was named as one of Colorado’s Top Thinkers of 2013 by the Denver Post.


jody norman

JNN Enterprises

Jody Norman is a food system-planning consultant, with an environmental-planning background and a passion for sustainable city and community creation in all its complexity. She is a professional member of the Sustainable Food Policy Council, bringing to that commitment a systemic understanding of: the food system, from production to waste; the food-water-energy-waste nexus; poverty and how to address it through the emergent understandings of social sustainability theory. Her personal focal point of policy instrument-creation is where the built environment and its attendant urban ecology, biogeochemical flows, and social structures all intersect with the natural world, and her goal is to join with colleagues to collaboratively advance the creation of a regenerative construct that enhances the well-being of people, communities, and the natural world — a sustainable city at its best. She has taught sustainability courses at the University of Colorado in Denver, worked with the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, WPM Consulting, and the nonprofit Women in Sustainable Energy, as well as serving as a member of Denver Seeds.


asia dorsey

EarthForce

Asia Dorsey is a serene green love machine. She spreads the seeds of protest and community, justice and just desserts to anyone brave enough to be themselves. She trades fertilizer with seed activists and stories of remembrance through belly button solidarity. Currently this whole foods entrepreneur, educator and owner of the Five Points Fermentation company enjoys her time working with youth and families around indigenous culinary traditions.  Formally a graduate of New York University, this Colorado wise woman,wakes up every morning newly inspired by the power of everyday people to do extraordinary things.


Samantha Villatoro

Groundwork Denver

Samantha Villatoro received her degree for Spanish and International Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. Her passion has always been to give back to the community in any way she can. After graduating, she was able to build that passion in to a career as a Spanish Outreach Specialist with Groundwork Denver, a local environmental nonprofit, where she has been working closely to the community to create programs that benefit the residents directly. As a member of the SFPC she looks forward to collaborating with people who are as passionate as her in making Denver an even better place to live.    

SHANNON SPURLOCK

CO-CHAIR

Denver Urban Gardens

Shannon Spurlock works with Denver Urban Gardens, where she focuses on urban agriculture, food policy, and strategic partnerships. She serves as co-chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, where she is thrilled to work alongside people striving to make a difference in the everyday lives of residents in the City and County of Denver.


Megan bradley

Share Our Strength/Cooking Matters

Megan Bradley, RD, is the Senior Program Manager for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program in Colorado. Part of the national No Kid Hungry campaign, Cooking Matters empowers low-income families with the skills to shop smart and cook healthy meals. Megan oversees the implementation of Cooking Matters hands-on cooking courses and works to expand the quality and reach of the program throughout Colorado. Before joining Share Our Strength, Megan cooked in restaurants across the U.S. Megan holds a degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University and is a Registered Dietitian.  She loves gardening and has a passion for making sure all people know how to cooking healthy delicious food on a budget. She lives in Denver, CO.


turner wyatt

Denver Food Rescue

Turner Wyatt is the Executive Director of Denver Food Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado, focused on improving health equity outcomes for low income families by increasing access to healthy food in areas with insufficient access to healthy food. He serves on the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, which advises the mayor of Denver on policies regarding urban agriculture, healthy food access, and more. In 2014 he graduated manga cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with focuses in environmental studies, leadership studies, and sustainable energy studies. 


joanne katz

Retired Food Entrepreneur

in 1977 Joanne co-founded the Three Tomatoes Catering Companies , a full service catering organization.. Passionately committed to providing “from scratch” beautiful food served at myriad events on the Front Range, she and her partner sold the business after 38 entrepreneurial years. She has served on the boards of Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Film Society and the Woman’s Presidents Organization.

Currently, she is volunteer, dilettante, activist and concerned citizen. Denver has been her home since 1964. The city has grown exponentially since then. Her dream for this City is that there would be a garden in every yard and vacant lot, and that we could get back to a time like the Victory Garden era when fresh food was cultivated by individual citizens and shared freely in their communities.

Along with her husband, they proudly grow organic vegetables from seed in their front yard which they share with neighbors and family. Her husband holds a board position for Denver Urban Gardens. Drawing ,cooking and preserving the bounty of her garden fills her time, and sharing beautiful meals fulfills her passion. 


Ashanta Hardville

Urban Composting

Ashanta is a community activist based in Denver, Colorado with the vision and passion for a world where youth and adults are choosing the earth instead of the streets. Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Ashanta has a wealth of experience with many aspects of community food systems. He is a graduate of the Denver Permaculture Design Course and Denver Urban Garden’s Master Composting Programs and a member of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, all of which have given him a broad understanding of ecosystem dynamics, sustainable food production, and community organizing skills. His long-term goal is to inspire the transformation of human culture by using systems that are in alignment with nature. As the creator of The Cornerstone Foundation and being a massage therapist, he seeks to restore the strength of communities across the country through the principles of permaculture and relational engagement. 

Lisa Warren

Environmental Planner

Lisa's passion for ecological conservation led to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a co-major in Biology from Creighton University in 1997. Since then Lisa has served successfully in various positions including: seasonal park ranger for Colorado State Parks; chemist; NEPA implementation and environmental permitting specialist; and, air quality compliance specialist for a power production and transmission association. Lisa's growing passions for public health and nutrition, food system resiliency, and urban agriculture later led her to begin pursuing a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010, and the appointment to be co-chair of the Food Production Working Group of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council in 2016. Her hobbies include snowboarding, sailing, walking my dog (or vice versa), and connecting with people.

 

ex-officio members (city agencies)


tristan sanders

Public Health Manager

Dept. of Environmental Health

Tristan Sanders is a Public Health Program Manager in the Community Health Division of Denver Environmental Health. He oversees projects focused on chronic disease prevention, healthy food access and access to opportunities for physical activity. He currently serves as a local representative for non-profit hospitals developing their Community Health Needs Assessments and subsequent implementation plans. He has 10 years of Public Health experience beginning in Healthy Eating and Active Living evaluation and research, philanthropy and now within a local public health department. Tristan earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of Colorado-Denver with a focus in Health Systems, Management and Policy. The work of the SFPC aligns well with his interest and passion for systems level policy change to support health equity. 

Blake Angelo

Manager of Food System Development

Office of Economic Development

Blake Angelo is Denver’s first Manager of Food Systems Development. Located in the Office of Economic Development, Blake is responsible for supporting food-related business development efforts across the city with a particular focus in supporting a balanced approach to healthy food access, mid-skills food job creation, and the expansion of local food businesses in target neighborhoods. Blake Angelo is a Denver-native with track record of supporting hundreds of food and farm-related businesses. He understands that strong food systems require strong food businesses and strong multidisciplinary partners. Prior to this position, Blake worked as a business and organizational development consultant, was the director for the Beanstalk Foundation, and served as the first specialist in Urban Agriculture for Colorado State University Extension in Denver and Jefferson counties. He has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary and
Ecological Biology.

 

 


Analiese hock

Associate City Planner

Community Planning and Development

Analiese Hock is a city planner with Community Planning and Development. With a diverse education and the mindset of building community, Analiese brings a unique people focused approach into the technical and social aspects of city planning and design. Analiese works on a variety of long range planning and design projects for the City of Denver. Through her love of food and culinary arts, she has discovered that food serves at the foundation of building and celebrating communities. At events such as CollaborEAT, she often challenges people to redefine how we perceive and use the public realm. And to reclaim these places for people; to eat, to celebrate, to play and to simply connect with one another, building the community that is our city.


jennifer moreland

Chronic Disease Prevention Manager

Denver Public Health

Jennifer Moreland is the Chronic Disease Manager at Denver Public Health. She oversees projects and staff working on strategies to increase smoke-free living, access to healthy food and beverages, safe physical environments, and blood pressure control. She currently leads Denver Health’s adoption of healthy food and beverage, breastfeeding, and promotion standards to improve the hospital’s environment for patient and employee health. Additionally, Jennifer facilitates the Denver Metro Partnership for Healthy Beverage Consumption, a collaboration of six Denver metro health departments representing 7 counties. She has led efforts to secure sustainable funding for Denver Safe Routes to School staff positions, an employee health and productivity position at Denver Health, and the adoption of Denver’s Complete Streets Policy. She also served in Peace Corps Nepal training health workers and supporting economic development projects. Jennifer has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on International Health from Tulane University. Jennifer received the “Excellence in Public Health Education” Award from the Colorado Society for Public Health Education in 2007. The mission of the SFPC aligns with both her personal and professional goals of societal transformation to create settings where all people can obtain optimal health. Furthermore, she believes equitable food systems are critical for Denver residents to reach their highest attainable state of health and policy has the ability to change the context to make individuals’ default decisions healthy. Jennifer enjoys serving in the ex-oficio role to work towards improving healthy food access and economic vitality for underserved populations of Denver.

 

Dan Goldhammer

Colorado State University

I am currently the Horticulture Agent for CSU Extension for the City and County of Denver.  I grew up here in Denver and as a city kid I was disconnected to agriculture and food producers. When I went to college, I started to think critically about where my food came from. In college I caught the farming bug. I studied specialty crop production and sustainable development. I then went on to intern and multiple small scale vegetable and animal operations. I then had an opportunity to pursue my Masters Degree at CSU where I studied manure, compost and cover cropping in vegetable systems. I was fortunate enough after completing my degree to stay at CSU as a research associate for the Specialty Crops Program and worked with the amazing Dr. Frank Stonaker. After a wonderful two years working for Dr. Stonaker, I moved back to Denver to work for the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) as an inspector for the Plant Industry Division. I worked for the CDA for three years before coming back to CSU this past April. It is great to be back at CSU and working in Extension.