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Valley Roots Food Hub Website »»
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San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition

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

Learn more about the SLV Local Foods Coalition and Programs!

If you are interested in learning more about the SLV Local Foods Coalition and our programs, we welcome you to join our E-News Mailing Lists. You will receive a bi-weekly newsletter containing information about upcoming events and opportunities for all of our programs you choose to be informed about. Join our mail lists by selecting the "Join Our E-News" above.
We look forward to sharing our news with you! Read our current April 15th, 2021 Newsletter »»
LFC 2020 - A Year in Review - sharing through photos! View Year in Review Presentation »»
Be sure to check out Food Resources at page bottom for Growing the Local Foods Movement in the SLV and Beyond!

Virtual Cooking Matters At Home Spring Classes - April 2021

Join us and spread the word! These Free Classes are 45-minute interactive sessions offered in English & Spanish.
Visit Facebook for links to Register »»

11th Annual Seed Exchange - April 17th & 18th, 2021

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Join Us for the annual SLV Seed Exchange event hosted by Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa.

Seed Exchange connects gardeners, seed producers and the community over agricultural education and exchange. Learn more about this Free Event »»


Rio Grande Farm Park Seeking New Farmers!

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Opportunity for Community Involvement at the Rio Grande Farm Park!

Contact Jesus Flores, our Farm Park Manager, for more details about our farming program and how to be involved. Park space is available to welcome new farmers! Farming guidance, mentoring, training, and support will be provided to help you succeed.

Visit the RGFP website to learn more, provided in Spanish & English. Get Involved in the Incubator Program »» Attain your Garden Plot App today!
Video - Improving Soil Quality with a Cover Crop »»
Jesus Flores, the Rio Grande Farm Park Manager, explains why planting a cover crop is important for soil health.

CSA Sponsors - Valley Roots Food Hub

CSA Sponsors

Summer CSA Boxes Sign-up Begins May 1st!

CSAOnline Pre-Ordering for Summer CSA Fresh Boxes at the Valley Roots Food Hub is available for signup beginning May 1st. Also the A-La-Carte Ordering - CSA Online Grocery Market is available for individuals and families with open shopping year-round. Pick and choose what local foods you want in your box each time you order. Enjoy a seasonal bounty of Colorado produce including apples, potatoes, beets, carrots, radish, winter squash, garlic, and our signature "cracker-jack" items!

Visit VRFH for Shopping Program Details »»

We are excited to share our new relationship in partnering with Mountain Roots in Gunnison Colorado!
Learn about Valley Roots Meets Mountain Roots Partnership »»

Valley Roots Food Hub is Now Accepting SNAP!

SNAP Program
Local foods are for everyone! Thank you to VRFH for taking a step toward food equity.
Learn About Applying »»

Apply for SNAP Benefits - SNAP is here to help during COVID
Learn More & How to Apply »»


Good News! Stretch Your P-EBT Dollars!

For Colorado families with school-age children, a new food benefit called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is here to help! P-EBT is available for families who qualify for free or reduced meals at school but missed it because of schools closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic; eligible households may receive up to $279 per child that will support the family in creating healthy, wholesome meal options for kids who are now home during the school day. Read More about P-EBT Benefit »»

Nourish Colorado - Winter Webinar Series 2020-21

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Nourish Colorado (formerly LiveWell Colorado), shares their webinar series advocating for Colorado's food system.

The three part series includes Healthy Food Incentives, Healthy Food in Institutions, and Healthy Food Systems Policy featuring local and national guests.
View Webinar Info & Guests »»   View the 3-part Winter Series »»


Local Food to People in Need

Food Delivers
These grants have allowed us to deliver boxes of fresh, local food to people who really need it:

- Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger's Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund »»

- Colorado Farm & Food System Respond and Rebuild Fund »»

- Help Colorado Now's Colorado COVID Relief Fund »»

Thank you to everyone who helped with deliveries!!

Join Colorado Farm & Food System Response Team

What is this? Many food & farm stakeholders have joined together to create a state project team to support farmers and ranchers in responding to changing market opportunities in the midst of COVID-19.
Learn about the Co Project Team »»   Sign Up for CO Project Team Email List »»

Coming Soon: 4th Edition of the SLV Local Roots Guide!

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Do you know any new farmers in the San Luis Valley? Are you producing or selling local foods in the SLV? If so, notify Alley Jean at the Rio Grand Farm Park so we can include the local food business in the new 4th edition guide to be advertised in print and online.
Access the 3rd Edition »»

Equity Deep-Dive for Staff, Board, & Farmers

The Local Foods Coalition has conducted a deep process to identify what needs to be done to make our organization more equitable. We hired Gretchen Groenke and Daniel Escalante, who are both equity professionals, to help us with this work. We have formed an Equity Action Team that meets monthly to continue this work.

Our Equity Deep-Dive was a good first step in our commitment to equity. The Local Foods Coalition gathered on Zoom to share stories, build trust, and discuss ways to continue striving for equity within our work. We are committed to putting in the work, both as individuals and as a team, to hold ourselves accountable. We thank Daniel Escalante for facilitating this process. View Our Equity Statement »»

Monthly Radio Show with the Local Foods Coalition featured on KRZA 88.7fm

We are excited to share our new radio show organized by our Show Manager, Abe Rosenberg! Please join us from 8:30-9am every third Thursday of the month for the Local Food Local Places Radio Show »». We will post all shows on our website including past shows for you to listen to at your convenience. Please visit our new Local Foods, Local Places program »» to learn more about LFC local efforts connecting the San Luis Valley with local initiatives.

April 15th, 2021 - LFLP Radio Show by Ally Jean
Discuss upcoming Local events - Seed Exchange, La Puente's Crop Walk, Vegi Kick-Off Cook-Off.
Featuring Guest Marlena Antonucci - Director of VEGI (Valley Educational Gardens Initiative)


Visit VEGI »»

Rio Grande Farm Park - 2020 A Year in Review!

Click image to see what the RGFP did in 2020.
RGFP Year in Review



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We are Grateful to Our Supporters!

Thanks to 61 donors, we raised over $4000!!! This was 2x the amount we raised last year, and we are grateful to be entering the new year with the community's support. We will work hard to make local foods a prominent economic driver in 2021, continue to support the SLV's small-scale organic farmers, and expand education programs related to agriculture, the environment, and business planning. THANK YOU!

Poultry Project Update

ChickensOn December 15, Dan Waldvogle of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union led a great discussion of poultry processing options in Colorado via Zoom. A Producer who recently built a poultry processing facility was also on the call to share about his experience. This provided helpful information and context to Rio Grande Farm Park and San Luis Valley farmers who are interested in raising meatbirds. We look forward to continuing the discussion of a meatbird producer collaborative in the SLV in the new year!

Thanks to the Main Street Project for training our community in regenerative poultry! From coop design to predators to chicken health to business models, we learned so much. And we are excited to apply what we've learned. Thanks also to all of our participants, and to MoKi; Local Foods Local Places for the delicious meals!

COVID 19 - Make a Homemade Mask

Learn how to make a homemade face mask to protect yourself. Watch Video »»

How to Cook Dry Beans and Healthy Bean Recipes


Check out this complementary instructional video "How to Make Beans" from Cooking Matters Nutrition Educator Lois Harvie and Local Foods Local Places Program Director Abe Rosenberg. View here smaller or Picture in a Picture or Visit LFC YouTube »»

A note from your GM & Chief Fungi:

Greetings food system stakeholder,

It is not everyday that we as a society are given pause due to some thing that is beyond our control. A pandemic is now upon us and our society has been affected throughout with school closings, event cancellations, and social distancing being encouraged. The state of the economy is profound.

It is during these times that the significance of a local food system is never more clear. If you haven't engaged with us we invite you now to join us in the Colorado cornucopia that is here at your fingertips. It's important to keep a continual investment into those vital social structures no matter the state of the world. In times of need we want these structures and systems to be healthy and fully functional.

We want to share with you some of our Standard Operating Procedures so you can be confident in your local food sourcing:

  1. We follow a USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Plan which is very strict in constant and ubiquitous sanitation and bringing mindfulness to sources of contamination and executing preventative measures.
  2. We routinely wash hands several times throughout the day.
  3. We regularly sanitize work surfaces.
  4. During this time we will also be temperature testing staff, and sending home any symptomatic staff, to ensure there are no emerging symptoms in the work place.

If you have any questions, insights, or concerns please feel free to respond to this newsletter.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and the Valley Roots Food Hub, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy and finding your needs met.

We would like to help your food needs by providing the resource of the Valley Roots Food Hub whereby you can order healthy affordable local sourced foods to be delivered weekly. Please view our YouTube Video to learn more about ordering and deliveries to your area - How to order from the Valley Roots Food Hub »»

For individuals and families for their homes:
CSA Market »»


For San Luis Valley and Chaffee County:
WHOLESALE Market »»


For Front Range via Tap Root Cooperative:
WHOLESALE Market »»


Market Orders are open for 2 weekly placement times and delivery schedules.
- Orders placed by 4pm on Friday will receive Tuesday delivery
- Orders placed by 4pm on Tuesday will receive Friday delivery

A $250 Order Minimum will receive Complimentary Delivery!
View YouTube Video - How to order from the Valley Roots Food Hub »»

In local food we trust,
Nick and staff

The Green Gold of San Luis

The Green Gold of SLV Enjoy this historical video shared by the Valley Roots Food Hub.
Keep up to date with the Valley Roots Food Hub by visiting the Blog, VRFH Blog »»

Vacuum Cooling in Agriculture
The agriculture of the San Luis Valley is old, time tested, and proven. The town of San Luis has the oldest continuously-used water right in the State starting in 1852. Folks have been producing quality products here for a long time and it just keeps getting better.

Check out this old video about the lettuce production during the 1950s. For all of us tasked with keeping produce cool, check out these vacuum cooled lettuce tubes and ice packed rail way cars! Pull a vacuum on lettuce heads and the water boils away which is evaporative cooling!! View Historic Video »»

Adams State University Food Studies Program

Join the ASU for participation in their Bachelor of Arts Food Interdisciplinary Studies Program! Exciting and unique career opportunities in learning about food production and marketing through Internships with hands on practice on campus and in the community. Including emphasis in Health & Wellness, Sustainability, Businees & Food Policy, Sociology / Social Justice.
View Studies Flyer »»     Visit Adams State University Food Studies Program »»

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Growing the Local Foods Movement in the SLV and Beyond -Check Out These Resources!

Local Food & Farming Resources. Check out these resources and share them with your networks so that we can build a resilient local food system together. The more people we have invested in the movement, the better to benefit us all.

Nourish Colorado »»

Transforming food systems for true food chain value.

Rock Mountain Farmers Union »»

Ag support thru education, legislation, and economic models.

Grain School at UCCS »»

Online Grain Community Courses & Free Forums

Farmers Guide to the Producer Grant Program »»

NSAC's updated guide to apply for the Value-Added Program.

CFVGA 2021 Annual Conference »»

Networking with CO Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association.

Recipe to Reality Seminar by University of Nebraska »»

Business training for food manufacturing on campus.

Colorado Farm & Food System Response Team »»

Call for Participants to help address adversities in midst of Covid-19.

Double Up Food Bucks 2021 Market Application »»

Apps to accept DUFB benefits now available for food market providers.


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COVID Hotline for SLV

COVID19 SLV Hotline
Public Health Hotline is available to address COVID 19 Outbreak.

For English call: 719-480-8719
For Spanish call: 719-315-5019

Hotline operates 9am to Noon and 4pm to 7pm with a way to leave a message.

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SLV Food Resources Directory

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The Local Foods Coalition's community task team has compiled a helpful resource page to address food resources available for residents of the San Luis Valley to utilize along with various Colorado State resources.

Access Food Directory at
SLV COVID Webpage »»

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VRFH Buy Option to Donate

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The Valley Roots Food Hub has a pay it forward option to purchase local foods for the Food Bank Network.
CSA Market Signup »»

Watch video - How to order from the Valley Roots Food Hub »»


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

SLV Conservation and Connection InitiativeWestern Rivers Conservancy
Colorado Open Lands

Lor FoundationRio Grande Headwaters Land Trust

Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.

The Colorado Health Foundation

The Alamosa Marketing DistrictUSDA - CFS

Cooking Matters
Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND


Clif Bar Family Foundation

1st SouthWest Bank
Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center

Anschutz Family Foundation
El Pomar Foundation

RSF Social Finance
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Colorado Gives


"Eating is an Agricultural Act." - Wendell Berry

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