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."

SLVLFC

SLV Federal Spirit of Giving Campaign - Just requires a vote!

Another way you can support the SLV Local Foods Movement during our end of year giving campaign if you don't have extra funds but you do have a San Luis Valley Federal Bank account; is to participate in the SLV Federal Bank's Board of Directors "Spirit of Giving" Program with $30,000 set aside to be allocated to local non-profit organizations as directed by the bank's customers.

The bank's customers are entitled to cast one vote per account held with the bank. They provide a list that includes the San Luis Valley Foods Coalition (they left out Local) You need to know our address to vote - P.O. Box 181/412 State Avenue Alamosa, CO 81101. Ballots are now available to customers of the bank and voting will end Friday, December 16, 2016. Thanks for thinking of us ∼     View Ballot to Acquire at Bank »»

CSA Distributions, Turkeys, Voting your Conscience

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"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America." -Ben Franklin

Presidential Election last week folks: vote your conscience once every four years. LOCAL FOOD: vote your conscience THREE TIMES EVERY DAY!

Valley Roots Food Hub CSA is run by farmers and ranchers. We serve individual households like you who believe in HEALTHY SOILS, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, and a PRESENT THAT DOESN'T BORROW FROM OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE.

Yes, Ben Franklin admired the turkey more than the eagle, hence giving rise to the notion he would have preferred it on the National seal of the United States, as pictured here!

CSA Distributions:
November 18th (Turkey and a la carte order)
December 16th (1st WINTER CSA plus a la carte)
January 20th (2nd WINTER CSA plus a la carte)

New to Valley Roots CSA?

  1. Sign into the market: https://valleyrootsfoodhubcsa.localorbit.com/users/sign_in
  2. Select items for purchase
  3. Go to CART
  4. Enter credit card information
  5. Hit PLACE ORDER
  6. Pick up your order/CSA box at the pick up location nearest you
  7. Peel, chop, shred, boil, saute, bake, consummate
  8. Repeat
  9. Enjoy the agricultural community you helped create

A la Carte Order for November 18th: $50 minimum, purchase each item individually
Winter CSA (Dec 16th & Jan 20th): $100 for 2 distributions of PRODUCE ONLY, order from market (its at the end of the catalog)

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

Can't make one of the locations above? If you're community of folks that can put together 10 shares we can discuss making a delivery to your location.

Turkeys, turkeys, turkeys!
- First come, first serve
- They ship next week, Nov 18th
- ALL FRESH

- Beets, Carrots, Squash, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Garlic ready to go!
- Onions curing up and should be available soon!
- Sunflower Oil on sale!

On behalf of the plants, animals, soils, atmosphere, landscapes, indigenous peoples, and melting pot of Americans of this amazing continental community, God/Goddess Bless (and help) America!

Valley Roots Food Hub - Job Opening

Position open for Driver, Customer Service Representative, Warehouse Manager

Position description: This job is at the heart of local food distribution. 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 is a must. You are the face of the company and will be interacting with extremely hard-working and busy people from farmers and ranchers to retailers and restaurant operators.

The truck and warehouse are your domains. An excellent driving record, a like of driving, and an ability to read lists and keep accurate counts of products and orders will be required. Working long 10-12 hour days are normal and maintaining a sense of humor and good work ethic are required throughout. Lifting 50 lb boxes on and off trucks all long will be required.

Local food distribution is a team effort, yet the applicant will also be on their own all day and will need to be able to keep up the hussle and make good judgment calls.

A knowledge and understanding of diesel engines and trucks is helpful.

Hours: Seasonably dependent and variable, however Thursdays and Fridays 8am-8pm should be planned. There will be runs on Tuesdays every 2-3 weeks, as planned.

Compensation: Salary depending on experience. Also, staff of the food hub will be able to purchase food through the hub at 25% off.

Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to opportunity.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com

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 »»


Share the Spirit of Giving

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SLV Federal Spirit of Giving Campaign - Just requires a vote!

View Ballot to Acquire at Bank »»

SLV Local Foods

CSA Distributions & Signup

November 18th
(Turkey and a la carte order)

December 16th
(1st WINTER CSA plus a la carte)

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 »»

SLV Local Foods

Valley Roots Food Hub CSA

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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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