San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
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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 - September 25th for the 4th Annual Harvest Soirée

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JOB OPENING FOR A .75 COOKING MATTERS COORDINATOR

Be part of a vibrant educational team making a difference in the San Luis Valley!

The Cooking Matters Coordinator works closely with the SLV Local Foods Coalition Cooking Matters Lead Coordinator (CMLC) to support all aspects of the program in accordance with state and national goals and policies, and the core values of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. The Coordinator's main role is to coordinate Cooking Matter's food skill-based nutrition education programming in the San Luis Valley, as supervised by the CMLC. The Coordinator will also act as a Cooking Matters Colorado (CMC) representative in the community. Read job description »»
Please provide a cover letter, your resume and three professional references to opportunity.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com

Hiring a .25 FTE Bookkeeper and Sales Associate at the Valley Roots Food Hub

VRFH is seeking part time help. Read job description »»

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

FINI Press Release: Double Up Food Bucks Colorado a Reality

At Least 50 Partners Come Together to Make Double Up Food Bucks Colorado a Reality
Program Benefiting Low-Income Families is a Partnership Success
Thank-You 1st SouthWest Bank for your Sonsorship!

san luis valleyALAMOSA - June 14th 2016 - A statewide partnership led by LiveWell Colorado, Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Farmers Market Association, Cooking Matters-Colorado, and Boulder County Public Health has just been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant to launch Double Up Food Bucks Colorado.

"We believe that by coming together, we can make a bigger difference helping Coloradans overcome barriers to accessing healthy, affordable food," stated San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition lead local partner Liza Marron. Other important partners include First Southwest Bank, the Alamosa Farmers Market, the Valley Food Coop, the South Fork Farmers Market, Saguache's Fourth Street Food store and the San Luis Valley Cooking Matters Program.

The Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program expands the amount of fruits and vegetables recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) can purchase. Coloradans who receive food stamps are provided $1.41 per meal or $4.23 per day on average , which can make it challenging to purchase fruits and vegetables. With Double Up Food Bucks Colorado, SNAP recipients will receive up to $20 in Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables when they use their SNAP benefits at participating farmers markets or select retailers. SNAP benefits will be matched dollar for dollar to be put toward Colorado-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables, up to $20 per visit.

First Southwest Bank provided match funds that will enable four San Luis Valley food distribution centers to participate in the launch of the Colorado Double Up program, the first of its kind in rural Colorado. "As a certified Community Development Financial Institution, we work to address critical public needs and develop vital community resources," said CEO Kent Curtis. "First Southwest Bank has a long history of serving communities in need. We believe that Double Up Food Bucks will increase access to healthy, affordable food for the underserved in our communities as well as create additional economic opportunities for our local farmers." Read Full Press Release »»

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 »»


Farmers Market Tour Saturday

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Join US - Saturday, August 27th at the Alamosa Farmers Market for a Free Tour with Cooking Matters tour guides.
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Save the Date!

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Join Us - Sunday, September 25th at the Rio Grande Farm Park for our 4th Annual Harvest Soirée featuring local foods, music, art and lots of fun!
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Come Out & Play!

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The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition invites you for Summer Fun at the Rio Grande Farm Park. Beginning June 25th there will be Sunday concerts with pre-fun events starting at 2:30pm

Enjoy lots of fun with friends and family! We look forward to seeing you there!


Other Events & Projects

View all upcoming LFC Events and be sure to check out the News & Events page Calendar for additional events.
Visit our Projects section to learn more about our involved activities and attended events!


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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