The Local Foods Campus (LFC) project in Westminster is a partnership created to bring about a strong, sustainable regional and local food destination. With a retail presence, educational opportunities, business incubator and food processing facility, LFC will create a vibrant local food hub.
We all need to eat, and the LFC will capitalize on the interconnectedness of food, community economy and the environment. Our goals for the project include:
- Helping children and families develop a relationship with how their food is produced
- Developing local businesses and jobs
- Helping local food growers/raisers/producers to connect sustainably with their consumers, year-round, seven days a week
- Based on the concept that food produced and sold locally keeps our local economy more robust, reduces the carbon footprint of the marketplace, creates shared value and builds community relationships.
The Local Foods Campus will be a phased project to be located in buildings at 72nd and Sheridan in Westminster, Colorado. The first phase will be built out in the Hidden Lakes Shopping Center, in a former grocery store building, and will include a retail center for produce, locally sourced packaged goods, meats, cheeses and more. Phase Two expands into a processing facility, culinary education center and business incubator, across Sheridan in the historic Shoenberg Farms buildings owned by the City of Westminster.
This once 800-acre dairy and egg farm and facility dates from 1911. Though now bordered by urban developments, housing and retail centers, the buildings still stand as a reminder of Westminster’s agrarian past. Adapting the historic milk barn, egg production facility, silo and farmhouse into a modern agricultural-related purpose is a great benefit to the citizens of the area.
Our project organizers, with deep experience in retail food operations and farmers markets, have worked with city, county and state government agencies, non-profits, chambers of commerce, educational institutions and citizens groups to craft a plan that is visionary, beneficial and achievable.
In the meantime, won’t you consider registering through our “Take Action” form to let us know you support the project? And like us on Facebook and let your Westminster City Councillor know you support this project?