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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."

SLV LOCAL FOODS COALITION Healthy Habits Program

Seeking a part-time, summer mobile kitchen "MOKI" Coordinator. The position will involve shopping for local foods and preparation ahead of time and then one Friday a week to cover the Monte Vista Farmers Market in the morning. The Monte Vista Farmers Market starts on July 15th and runs for 12 weeks in Monte Vista. An occasional Saturday at the Alamosa Market may be required as well. The Moki Coordinator will prepare and manage the healthy cooking demonstrations as well as recruit the occasional chefs and cooks to volunteer beside you. For questions, contact Liza Marron 719-539-5606. Healthy cooking and public relations skills as well as a valid drivers license with good driving record required. Please email resume and cover letter to opportunity.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com Position open until filled. Position pays $13 per hour.

Community Receives Grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to Activate Places and Spaces AN Opportunity for Great Fun!

Collaboration of local entities receives grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to activate the Rio Grande Corridor with a soft opening on June 25th-26th.

san luis valleyAlamosa, CO., June 21, 2016 A generous grant from the Colorado Health Foundation will fund a new "Weekends on the Rio" program, with an expanded Sundays at Six concert schedule and outdoor activities earlier in the day such as yoga, running clinics, youth bicycle clinics and paddle boarding at Cole Park and the Rio Grande Farm Park. Additionally, funding for monthly workdays at the Rio Grande Farm Park, begins this Saturday June 25th at 9am, and will be held on the last Saturday of every month providing an opportunity for families to work on the Farm Park.

"This summer we are adding a variety of fun activities for youth and families to enjoy on the weekends, as well as year-round activities to get people outside and enjoy the Rio Grande Corridor," Julie Mordecai, director of the Rio Grande Farm Park explained. "Our team came together to try to figure out how to get people more engaged in the community and enjoy our parks year-round."

Team members include staff and members of the City of Alamosa, The Alamosa Live Music Association, Adams State Adventure Program, Fit Discover (Jeff Owsley), Kristi Mountain Sports, the Rio Grande Farm Park, Cairn Yoga (Jessica Chacon), Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, Walk2Connect and the San Juan Nordic Club. The resulting program is called Weekends on the Rio.

Mark your calendar for these Sundays at Six performances at Cole Park, which now will include a multitude of other activities under the auspices of Weekends on the Rio:

  • June 26th: The Vogts Sisters (Bluegrass/Folk)
  • July 10th: Western Centuries (Country)
  • July 17th: Antonio Lopez and Emily Robinson (Singer Songwriters)
  • July 24th: Black Lilies (Americana)
  • July 31st: Richmond Brothers (Country/Americana)
  • August 7th: Mariachi San Luis (Mexican Folk)
  • August 21st: SLV Big Band
  • August 28th: TBA (Big name performers focusing on all ages)
  • September 25th (noon to 5): 3rd Annual Harvest Soiree, LOCAL!, to be held at the Rio Grande Farm Park (Entry cost is $5 per person.)

Building on the wonderful Sundays at Six program that is in its 10th year, Weekends on the Rio will provide all kinds of fun outdoor activities before the concerts:

  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Afternoon Yoga with Jessica Chacon and friends from Cairn Yoga. Chacon welcomes all ages and levels. Some mats will be provided, or bare feet on the grass will work as well.
  • 4:00 pm: Running Clinics with running celebrities. There is a $5 fee for each clinic; scholarships will be available. These clinics will be great fun for the amateur as well as elite runners.
  • 6:00-7:30 pm: Bicycling Clinics for Kids. Adams State Adventure Sports and other bicyclists will provide fun and informative clinics each week at the Cole Park Pump Track and Skate Park. Bring your own bike but if you don't have one, Kristi Mountain Sports and the Colorado Health Foundation have generously helped provide some to borrow.
  • 4:00-6:30 pm.: Stand-up Paddle boarding on the Rio Grande. Learn how to kneel, stand and paddle up and down stream. A wonderful family activity (easier than it looks too!).

In the winter, families and youth will get a chance to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along the Rio Grande with free equipment rentals and instruction provided by the members of the San Juan Nordic Club. These programs will be on Saturdays. Check the club's web page for more information sjnordic.wordpress.com

An exciting year-round program called Walk2Connect will begin in August. Community leaders from all over the Valley will be invited to participate in this program. "Walk2Connect is an innovative social enterprise working to create whole-health walking programs focused on connection to others, to the places we live, and ourselves," said program founder Jonathan Stalls. He will be in Alamosa Aug. 1-3 to work with and train anyone who wishes to lead weekly walks throughout Alamosa and other communities. He will design some walks, do a keynote address, train walk leaders and take the community on some amazing walks!

There are more activities in store. The Adams State Adventure Program and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley will work with the Rio Grande Farm Park to provide three one-week Summer Adventure Camps in June 2017. This camp will be designed over the winter, and will be provided to three age groups.

Please come out and enjoy all that these programs have to offer. The Weekends on the Rio committee has great plans to make the Rio Grande Corridor full of fun and adventure! A website is being developed at WeekendsOnTheRio.com. Information also is posted on the Weekends on the Rio Facebook page. For more information, please contact Julie Mordecai at 719-580-0379 or email at Director.rgfp@gmail.com

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

ALAMOSA - 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 »»


RGFP Dedication Group Photo!

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2016 Local Roots Guide:
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Call 719-539-5606 to sign up.

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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

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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

Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center

El Pomar Foundation


Anschutz Family Foundation

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
RSF Social Finance


"Eating is an Agricultural Act." - Wendell Berry

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