San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
"Foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem."
First Southwest Community Fund Receives Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Grant, to Create a Revolving Loan Fund
Driven to create tangible economic opportunities and support the entrepreneurial spirit in our rural communities, First Southwest Community Fund is thrilled to have been awarded additional funding to further their work. Read press release »»
First Southwest Community Fund Launches The New Pioneers Microloan Program
Driven to support the entrepreneurial spirit in our rural communities, First Southwest Community Fund is thrilled to have been awarded new funding which they are allocating to a new microloan program in Pagosa Springs and the San Luis Valley. Read press release »»
USDA Awards Farm to School Grant
SLV farm to school program awarded grant! Read full article at Valley Courier here »»
Preserve Food, Preserve Nutrients!
With the end of summer approaching, (can you believe it?) it is a great time to preserve fresh and local fruits and vegetables for months ahead. If you grow a garden or have a fruit tree, you may already know how fun and practical it can be to preserve excess produce for enjoyment all year long. Processing of any sort can affect the nutrition and health benefits of foods, sometimes negatively and sometimes positively. Have you ever wondered whether canned, frozen, dehydrated, or fresh produce is better for your health, and whether you should choose one over the other?
Read full Colorado State University Extension article here »»
Save the Date!
"Mark your calendar for our 5th annual Harvest Soirée 'LOCAL!' to be held at the Rio Grande Farm Park on Saturday, September 9th from 9 am to 5 pm. This year's additions include the Alamosa Farmers' Market, kids activities, a pumpkin patch, and an extended lineup of local food, music, and art! Entry is $5, free to children under 5, and if you walk or bike to the event, you will get a free 'LOCAL!' sticker. We hope to see you there!"
Calling all Veterans - Free Local Foods Dinner!
Get your CSA Fresh Food Box at Valley Roots!
Job Opportunities at the Valley Roots Food Hub: Driver and Operations/CSA Manager
Agricultural Space Along the Rio Grande Available to Veterans!
To learn more about this wonderful opportunity visit the Veterans Coalition website »»
Join Us for WEEKENDS ON THE RIO Starting June 25 thru August 27th
Learn More at Rio Weekends Website »»