Since 2019, as part of its mission, the National Western Center staff has pursued ways to enhance and support the food system in Colorado and the West. Here are some of the ways we’re pursuing our global mission — locally. 

Among our visionary partners, the CSU System, the National Western Stock Show, and the city of Denver are leaders in creating and pursuing the National Western Center’s mission, including through work in the food system. These legendary institutions have been making a difference for generations, and will bring the mission to life on the campus for years to come. Visit their websites to learn more. 

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Through conversations with Coloradans, we’ve put forward a vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for Colorado, that starts and ends with people. We’re building a statewide network of people in the food system who believe that four key approaches can deliver a more positive food future.

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We want to work with people all around Colorado to support and launch food-based projects in urban and rural areas that can improve Coloradans’ quality of life  culturally, economically, environmentally and in terms of our personal health.  

We are fueling the innovations that feed Colorado by helping entrepreneurs who are striving to make positive change. We help them build peer-to-peer relationships, find funding and mentors, test new ideas, and learn about key opportunities to fix problems. When food-system innovators succeed, all of Colorado stands to gain. Learn about our emerging programs:  


In response to crisis-level market conditions resulting from COVID, 14 amazing food and ag-related organizations joined forces to form the Colorado Farm & Food Systems Response Team and associated fund, to support farmers and ranchers. As part of the response team, the National Western Center managed the distribution of more than $2 million in grants across Colorado.  

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