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Welcome!

Are you interested in helping us build a resilient local food system in the San Luis Valley? Whether you want to buy local, start a business, forage, or grow your own food…there are plenty of opportunities to be involved.

Our Mission

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

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Photo by Brennan Cira
Photo by Brennan Cira at RGFP, 2020.

Our Programs & Initiatives

Core Values & Equity Statement

Economy / Economic Health
Does our work support local farmers? Does it support the local economy? Does it support the viability of local farms and a network of micro businesses?

Regenerative / Environmental Health
Is it local, regenerative, ecologically sound? Does it support the health of; the soil, the people, the water, the ecosystems? Does it foster respect for ecological longevity and health? Does it promote regenerative use of resources; soil, water?

Social Justice / Equity
Does it promote social justice and equity? Does it improve access to local foods for everyone? Is it inclusive of and inviting to the entire community? Are a diversity of people in leadership, at the table and giving their voice?

Community
Does it strengthen community? Is it family friendly, flexible? Does it promote a healthy community? Does it create a community of informed consumers? Are we working locally to have a global impact?

Photo by Brennan Cira at the Rio Grande Farm Park in Alamosa
Photo by Brennan Cira at RGFP, 2020.

Photo by Brennan Cira at the Rio Grande Farm Park in Alamosa
Photo by Brenna Cira at RGFP, 2020.

Food Production
Does it support the viability of local farm and a network of micro businesses? Does it promote and enhance local food production and consumption? Does it empower people to put their hands in the earth?

Health of the People
Does it improve access to local foods for everyone? Does it promote a healthy community? Does it create a community of informed consumers? Does it educate people about the value of food, soil, livestock, plants, fiber?

Cultural / Traditional Values
Is it beneficial for all cultures? Does it honor the heritage and local food culture? Does it respect the cultural traditions and values of the SLV?

Partnerships
Are we working through strategic partnerships? Have we evoked the wisdom, resources and strength of community partnerships? Is our work linked to others?

Other Outcomes
Is the impact measurable? What is the “WHY”? What are the Global Implications?

The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC) has held equity and justice in its core values since its founding. We are prioritizing equity and seeking new ways to actualize these values in our practices.

The SLVLFC acknowledges that it stands on the shoulders of many ancestors, some who caused healing and some who caused harm.

We recognize that this country was stolen from indigenous people and built upon the backs of enslaved people. We seek to create a place of equity led by the voices of the people both present and past.

We stand before you ready to listen to the many voices of those who suffer at our capitalistic, colonialist culture; we are ready to examine our work and change our ways, admitting we participate in this oppressive culture.

Our staff, board, farmers, and stakeholders conducted a deep process in winter to evaluate our operations, study best practices, and incorporate these lessons in everything we do.

ALAMOSA, CO – SEPT. 15, 2021 – (L to R) Christina Riccardo, Liz Breckbill, and Jesus Flores pause for a portrait at the Rio Grande Farm Park. Flores is the Farm Manager at the park. Photo copyright Will Widmer 2021, courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Community Partnerships

We are so thankful for our partners.

Thank you to the entities who make our work possible.