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San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition

"Foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem."

Join us for a 3-day Exploration into the World of Heritage Grains

You still have time to register for Grain School »» which is taking place NEXT WEEK from Friday, January 13th through Sunday, January 15th at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Visit the UCCS »» website to register.

If you can't make it for the entire event, please join us for the FREE Public Forum on Saturday evening, January 14th, from 6-10 PM. Find out more about the forum at the Grain School Public Forum »»

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting Educational Event!

SNAP Authorization Days for Direct Market Farmers in Colorado
Get SNAP authorized in person in early 2017!

In order to accept SNAP benefits, retails must use Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) transaction machines. Fortunately—thanks to the Colorado Department of Human Services—farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) can get FREE access to this important technology that allows them to provide healthy, locally-grown foods to low-income Coloradans.

Markets or farmers can become SNAP-authorized by USDA staff on-the-spot and complete an order form for the EBT machine on the event days below. Markets that have a working machine and already are SNAP-authorized do not need to re-authorize.

EVENT DETAILS
Sessions will include an overview by USDA staff of how EBT works, information on signing up for Double Up Food Bucks »» and instructions on how farmers can become authorized to accept WIC benefits now that eWIC is up and running.

To register, please complete this simple, 1-minute survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SNAPauth
Register no later than MONDAY, JANUARY 16.

Dates & Locations

  • Jan 21: Montrose. USDA staff from California will call in to authorize markets. USDA FNS regional staff from Denver will attend in person to support. Supported by Valley Food Partnership during the Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum.
  • Jan 23: Alamosa. All USDA staff to attend in person. Supported by San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition and LiveWell Colorado.
  • Jan 24: Lakewood. All USDA staff to attend in person. Hosted by JeffCo Public Health and CSU Extension.
  • Jan 25: Ft. Collins/Greeley. All USDA staff to attend in person. Supported by Colorado Farmers Market Association and the NoCo Food Cluster.

If you cannot attend one of these sessions but would still like to participate, please contact Wendy Moschetti at wendymoschetti@livewellcolorado.org and/or visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer-apply for more information about how to apply.

Exciting Opportunities for Colorado Food Hub Participation!

Please spread the word! The VRFH is experiencing growth and we are getting set for the coming season - get involved at the heart of the local food system.

  • Colorado Food Hub Network Coordinator - Denver-based position
    Be part of the Colorado Food Network and expand with Colorado's growing food hubs where your contributions can make a difference! View & Apply Here »»
  • Working at Valley Roots
    These jobs with Valley Roots are at the heart of the local food system. The ideal applicant will have an interest in developing meaningful relationships within the communities in which the food hub works. The applicant will have a keen sense of organization and attention to detail. A love of local food, sustainable agriculture, and community are a must.
  • Valley Roots Food Hub Operations Manager - Mosca Colorado
    Help manage our local food system and make an impact toward sustainable agriculture efforts. View & Apply Here »»
  • Valley Roots Food Hub Driver/Customer Service/Warehouse Manager - Mosca Colorado
    Join the team effort in local food distribution to bring quality food to the Valley and surrounding areas! Help manage our food hub efforts. View & Apply Here »»
  • Valley Roots Food Hub CSA Market Manager - Mosca Colorado
    Great benefits await an interested candidate who wants to grow with us! Help us grow our online marketplace and become a key player in operating all aspects of our local food hub. View & Apply Here »»

Colorado Food Systems Digital Hub Calling All Coalitions!

Hello local food system coalitions and CO Food Systems Advisory Council,

Reminder that the CO Food Systems Digital Hub is ready to launch!See the bottom of this email for info on how to sign up -- and please share this with ALL of your coalition members and partners and encourage them to sign up and join this webinar!

As many of you know, LiveWell has been working with the Community Commons www.communitycommons.org design team to create a customized Food Systems (Digital) Hub.

We are hoping this Digital Hub will be the go-to resource for food environment data, mapping, and reporting. The Hub is designed to facilitate information sharing and to help partners identify peer activities and actions being taken in food systems across the state of Colorado. It will include support for creating customized maps and reports with national and local food systems data, and tools such as "mapping the movement" of food systems activities across the state and a peer forum for connecting with one another.… -

We hope that this tool can be of assistance to you and your partners to ease access to data related to to food systems and to find your peers and connect with them. The data and reporting tools can help in developing grant applications and making policy cases.

Please join us on Monday August 15th at 2pm for the official launch of the Hub! Please share this with any partner that might be interested as well.

This tool will only be as valuable as it is used, so please encourage all members of your coalitions to join us! The more the merrier, and we rely on everyone to keep the data and content current.

Below here is information on how to join the Hub (you do have to have a member log-in, but it is super easy) and how to join the Zoom session webinar!

Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon!
-Wendy, Director of Food Systems LiveWell Colorado

To Join the Hub:
Step 1. Go to Community Commons: www.communitycommons.org/
Step 2. In the top right corner, click on Register. Then create a profile.
(If you already have a user account, you can just log in)
Step 3. Go to the "Community Commons Colorado Food Systems Hub" here:
www.communitycommons.org/groups/colorado-food-system/
Step 4. Request membership to the Hub!
Your membership should be approved and an introductory email sent to you within a day.

Colorado Food Systems Digital Hub: "It is really happening!" Webinar information:
Time: Aug 15, 2016 2:00pm (GMT-6:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://livewellcolorado.zoom.us/j/645448458
Meeting ID: 645 448 458

Zoom is LiveWell Colorado's new video conferencing service. We are excited about this transition to create a new digital space for collaboration and discussion.

Here are a few tips for first time users:
  • When you click the link below, you will be prompted to launch the Zoom application, which will be a temporary download. Please allow an additional couple minutes before the meeting starts to give you time to download the application.
  • You will be prompted to select your audio connection after launching the application. Zoom has excellent audio quality through your computer, but if you cannot connect through your computer or device, we do have a toll free audio option. LiveWell Colorado requests that if you need to use the toll free number, use the "Call Me" option when connecting audio. This means you will enter the phone number you will be using and receive a call from the meeting shortly after. This option reduces the toll-free cost to LiveWell by 50%. (If you are not connecting through the link for video, you will not have this option. You can call the toll free number below.)
Select the link above to join the meeting. Thank you!

Other options to join the meeting:
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): 14086380968,645448458#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 645 448 458

SLVLFC is 2015 US SBA Accelerator Contest Winner

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The U.S. Small Business Administration selected 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition based in Alamosa Colorado is among the winners. The recipients represent 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The SLVLFC received $50,000 to support its business incubation efforts.


SLVLFC CLOSES ON FARM PARK!

The Rio Grande Farm Park - Protection of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park Complete! Read Full Press Release »»


Poverty Awareness Month!

January is Poverty Awareness Month!

Have you signed up for the daily #povertyawareness email yet?
If not, there's still time!

Share this opportunity
with your networks.

Sign Up for Mail Subscription Here »»

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CSA Distributions & Signup

January 20th
(2nd WINTER CSA plus a la carte)

CSA Pick Up Locations:

Alamosa: Local Food Coalition CSA room

Crestone: Chokecherry Farm walk in

Saguache: 4th Street Food Store

Del Norte: TBD (ideas?)

Salida: 843 H St

View Blog Info Here »»

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Woman's March for Human Rights

Woman's March for Human Rights January 21st.

Meet in Alamosa on Saturday at ASU entrance at Highway 160 and Richardson street at noon (bring a sign) March and end up at McDaniel Hall at 12:45 for speakers and music.

Those going to Denver on January 21st may look for the "SLV Women Taking Action for Human Rights" banner and join the San Luis Valley contingent there.

For more information
call Jan Oen at 719-480-4771
All are welcome, women, children & men.


Appreciation for our many sponsors who have made our work possible especially:

Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.

The Colorado Health Foundation

The Alamosa Marketing District

Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area

Cooking Matters

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND


Clif Bar Family Foundation

El Pomar Foundation


Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center

1st SouthWest Bank

Anschutz Family Foundation

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
RSF Social Finance


"Eating is an Agricultural Act." - Wendell Berry

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