DENVER – Today, Senator Mary Hodge (D-Brighton) participated in the first Colorado Farm to Fork Cook-Off at the state capitol building in honor of National Agriculture Day. Senator Hodge teamed up with Berry Patch Farms’ Claudia Ferrell and Chef Chris Puter to create a dish prepared with local produce and products.
Senator Hodge offered the following comment on the Agriculture Day event:
“As former chair of the Senate Ag Committee I have been very involved in the issues facing our agriculture communities. This event was an excellent opportunity to recognize the importance of this industry and celebrate the vital role our farmers and producers play in the economic success of our state.”
Nine other teams competed in the event, each consisting of one legislator, a Colorado farmer or rancher, and a chef from the Colorado Chefs Association.
Senator Hodge has been active in the agriculture community throughout her career, and has worked tirelessly on water rights issues on behalf of rural citizens across the state. Senator Hodge has served for seven years on the Interim Water Resources Review Committee, on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee and has advocated for legislation to address water needs in Colorado.
This event was sponsored by the Colorado Agricultural Council in honor of National Agriculture Day, and in honor of Governor John Hickenlooper’s proclamation designating March 8 as Colorado Agriculture Day. This event was also attended by Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar, Gail Schwartz, Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee and Jerry Sonnenberg, House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resource Committee Chair.