San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
"Foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem."
SLV Soil Health Meeting - Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Location: SLV Research Station (NE Corner of Hwy 285 and 9N, southwest of the town of Center) Start Time: 7pm Light Refreshments & Hors D'oeuvres
Special Guest - Dr. Don Huber - Mineral Nutrition & Plant Disease Specialist
Dr. Huber, emeritus professor of plant pathology from Purdue University, has spent his career studying the impact of soil ecology on crop disease development, with particular emphasis on the influence of fertility management on diseases. Most recently, Dr. Huber has studied the role glyphosate herbicide is playing in changing soil microbial community dynamics, and the diseases which can result due to this change. Dr. Huber travels extensively with his work, is keen to learn from us, and to share his perspective on soil health as he sees it engaged around the world.
Patrick O'Neill of Soil Health Services, PBC has sponsored Dr. Don Huber's visit to the valley, and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Mosca-Hooper Conservation District, and KW Farms each have pitched in for refreshments for the meeting. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Don Huber to join our discussion during this month's meeting on Tuesday evening, 21 Aug 2018, 7 pm, at the Colorado State University San Luis Valley Research Station. For more information, you may contact Patrick O' Neill at 719-588-0836 or SLVSoilHealth@gmail.com
Thanks to our sponsors for making possible Dr. Huber's visit to the SLV, and to CSU SLV Research Station for the space to meet. We hope to have many attend August 21st, for what promises to be a lively and informative interaction.
Liza Marron recognized for the 2018 Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award!
Last week, the Foundation recognized Liza Marron for the 2018 Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award at the Colorado Health Symposium. This annual award program seeks to recognize Coloradans who are finding innovative and effective strategies to overcoming community health barriers across the state.
A true champion for social justice, Liza has relentlessly shined a light on community health issues by raising the voices of those left in the shadows. Throughout her career, Liza has fought to bring health in reach for more Coloradans by working to develop programs and policies that advance food access and security, especially for migrant workers. Of her many successes, Liza has also worked on a mentoring program for asset-challenged youth, that inspired her to become a licensed foster care home, specializing in hard-to-place youth.
Today, as the founding director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC), she is helping to foster an equitable food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. Key programs and projects underway at SLVLFC include the Valley Roots Food Hub aggregation and distribution enterprise complete with commercial kitchen for value-added production; the Rio Grande Farm Park, a farmer incubator and recreation park; Cooking Matters program that teaches families to cook healthy on a budget; and the San Luis Valley Farm-to-School Task Force.
The award program is named after the late Dr. Virgilio Licona, who passed in 2016. Dr. Licona worked to improve the health of Coloradans most in need, focusing his expertise as a physician in rural health care delivery and migrant health. A nationally recognized advocate for social justice, he brought a critical voice to some of the most important conversations and decisions related to how we can bring health in reach for all Coloradans.
Learn more about the award program and Liza's work to enrich healthy minds, bodies and communities.
Cooking Matters - Summer Fun & Food Access in the San Luis Valley!
Summertime Food Resources
Summer is here, and for far too many children, this time of year can mean uncertainty about where their next meal is coming from. When school is out of session, how are our most vulnerable friends, families and neighbors ensuring they have access to healthy food for their families?
Goods news is, there are wonderful resources across our community that you can share widely!
Read all about Cooking Matters Summertime Food Resources in the San Luis Valley »»
LOCAL! Harvest Festival - Save the Date August 2018
Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual LOCAL! Harvest Festival August 25-26th.
We hope to see you at this year's LOCAL! Harvest Festival in August! Events include an Alamosa Farmers Market tour led by Cooking Matters, a LOCAL! farm tour, a Farm-to-Barbecue dinner with James Beard Award winner Adrian Miller (RSVP), and the Harvest Festival itself (free entrance!). This year's festival includes hands-on educational experiences, highlights San Luis Valley farmers, offers a variety of local foods, and is partnering with ALMA for the final Sundays at Six concert featuring Mariachi San Luis!
Department of Agriculture Farm Bill 2018
WHAT: Now that Farm Bill 2018 is really rocking and rolling (see House version just introduced HERE »») LiveWell will be working with its CO Food Policy Network partners to convene a Farm Bill Action Team! (Yes you can call it FBAT "fuh-bat"!)
The FBAT will be an action-oriented group for anyone and everyone that wants a Farm Bill that supports infrastructure for the entire seed-to-table food system, promotes the development of regional and local food systems, and prioritizes access to nutritious food with a particular focus on low-income communities and communities of color. Regular calls will provide the mechanism for LiveWell and other groups to share current messaging and regular action items (from easy to a little more involved) that you can do.
WHEN: We will host 30-minute calls every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 12pm-12:30. Bring your lunch and see standing call-in info below here!
WHY: To keep all interested partners current on the most pressing calls-to-action related to local food systems and healthy food access in the Farm Bill.
WHO: You and anyone else you know who wants to take action to support a Farm Bill aligned with our statement above! There is no need to RSVP, just jump on the calls when you can.
WHERE: This Zoom call-in info below will be the same for every call. We will take notes and record the calls, but you will have to let us know if you miss a call but want the notes. Please calendar these calls!
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://livewellcolorado.zoom.us/j/459389354 »»
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +1 646-558-8656,459389354#
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 459 389 354
Contact LiveWell Colorado - Wendy, Director of Food Systems »» or Terri, Director of Food Policy »»
Tierra Vida Farm - High Production Micro Farm Presentation 2018
Daniel Fullmer shares his insightful presentation using raised beds and compost in the Desert Southwest with emphasis on practices of minimal to no tillage, composting, cover cropping, rotational grazing, intercropping, and transplanting.
View Tierra Vida Farm Presentation »»
Colorado Gives - Give Where You Live
Support organizations that are essential to protecting and nurturing quality of life in Colorado. Your community donation is greatly appreciated.
Interested in getting more involved with Double Up Food Bucks?
LiveWell Colorado is actively working to transform access to nutritious food in the entire state. One of its major programs, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), allows SNAP recipients to receive $1 for every $1 spent on SNAP-eligible food, up to $20. These "double up food bucks" can then be used to purchase fresh Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. DUFB was started in 2016 and has helped people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. LiveWell Colorado is taking DUFB to the next level and is looking to develop and increase community engagement.
In order to do this, LiveWell will be working with partners across the state to develop the Community Food Advocates program. This program works with local ambassadors to share the DUFB program with community members and organizations to increase participation.
We are actively seeking current or past recipients of SNAP and DUFB participants as Community Food Advocates. We are currently looking for Advocates in Southwest Colorado (Montezuma and La Plata Counties, with some outreach in Archuleta and Dolores Counties), Denver, Garfield County, Montrose County, and the San Luis Valley.
Community Food Advocates will partner with community members to support the DUFB program. Advocates will promote and increase community participation in the program. Stipends are provided.
For more information, please review the additional PDF page »»
LOCAL! Farm Tour!
Fun Farm Tour on Saturday, August 25th starting at 9:30am in Alamosa!
RSVP to email@example.com.
Save the Date!
Join us for the 6th Annual Local Harvest Festival on August 25th & 26th at the Rio Grande Farm Park in Alamosa.
This year's event by the Local Foods Coalition will feature tours, educational experiences, delicious local foods, concert, and lots of fun for the whole family!
View Event Poster »»
SLV Soil Health Meeting
Join Us on Tuesday, August 21st, 7pm at the SLV Research Station for the SLV Soil Health Meeting. Discussion features special guest Dr. Huber, a Mineral Nutrition & Plant Disease Specialist.
All are welcome. Light Refreshments & Hors D'oeuvres will be served. For more info contact Patrick O' Neill at 719-588-0836 or SLVSoilHealth@gmail.com