San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
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Valley Roots Food Hub
Source local foods weekly from our Southern Colorado Foodshed and thru the Denver Cooperative via:
www.valleyrootsfoodhub.com »»


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!

LFC Enews

If you are interested in learning more about our happenings, events, outreach, projects, volunteering, and more, LFC welcomes you to join our E-News Mailing Lists. Learn About Joining & Read Current Issue »»


Exciting Job Opportunity to Steward a Most Amazing Agricultural Project - The Rio Grande Farm Park!
The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition seeks a bilingual RGFP Program Director to manage and implement Rio Grande Farm Park programs and operations. The RGFP Program Director is responsible for ensuring equitable, sustainable, effective, and efficient programming that achieves RGFP's vision and works toward the SLVLFC mission. Position is open until filled.
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Emocionante oportunidad de trabajo para administrar el proyecto agrícola más asombroso; ¡el parque agrícola Rio Grande! La Coalición de Alimentos Locales del Valle de San Luis busca un Director de Programa RGFP bilingüe para administrar e implementar los programas y operaciones de Rio Grande Farm Park. El Director del Programa RGFP es responsable de garantizar una programación equitativa, sostenible, eficaz y eficiente que logre la visión de RGFP y trabaje hacia la misión de SLVLFC. Posición abierta hasta que esté llena. Encuentre la descripción »»

Be sure to check out the Food Resources below: Growing the Local Foods Movement in the SLV and Beyond!

View SLVLFC 2020 Annual Report & Equity Statement »»

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The New RGFP Education Center is Now Open!

Come visit the new Community Education Center at the Farm Park. Rio Grande Farm Park programs and partners will use the center to provide agricultural and environmental education to youth, farmers, and community members visiting the Farm Park. The center allows us to offer year-round opportunities for education, recreation, outreach, and other connections.
We are excited for all the opportunities to be offered and look forward to seeing you!
View video and photos of our recent Ribbon-Cutting Event on October 1st »»

We are grateful to the workers and sponsors who made this vision a reality! We welcome support for programming and ongoing costs - Donate »» Thank-you for your support.

VRFH ShindigVRFH Shindig

VRFH Farm-To-Table Dinner & Shindig Nov 6, 2021

We hope you will join us for the festivities in Salida!
This special gathering will feature Colorado Foodshed Farmers who deserve to be honored for all they do! Local Dinner and Live Music will be provided at the Riverside Patio.
Enjoy meeting up with Colorado Farmers and the VRFH Team.
View Event Poster »»  Get Shindig Tickets »»

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Valley Roots Food Hub is Now Accepting SNAP!

Local foods are for everyone! Thank you to VRFH for taking a step toward food equity. VRFH is now accepting SNAP for Online Market Food Ordering and SNAP is also available to use at many local venues. SNAP is here to help during COVID.

Learn more about SNAP Purchasing, Applying for SNAP, SNAP EBT & P-EBT and using SNAP with Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Get Informed About SNAP Program & Benefits »»

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Coming Soon: Six-County Community Food Needs Assessment & Food Plan

The SLVLFC will be launching and leading a six-county Community Food Needs Assessment from "Soil to Soil" meaning from production all the way to the waste cycle; and then writing a resulting Food Plan with a financial model starting in the late fall of 2021 through the fall of 2023. -


Partnerships will be key to achieve this vision, with partners, stakeholders and residents of the SLV Local Food Local Places initiative, Adams State University Food Studies Program, 1st SouthWest Community Fund, La Puente, SLV Development Resources Group, Los Promotores del Valle, the Council of Finance Development Agencies, American Farmland Trust, New Ventures, ScSEED (Saguache County Sustainable Environment and Economic Development) and other county representatives as they are developed. If you are interested in this - join the steering committee in the fall! Contact Liza Marron or Abe Rosenberg.

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!

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LFC - LFLP Monthly Radio Show featured on KRZA 88.7fm

We are excited to share our new radio show organized by our Show Manager, Abe Rosenberg!

Tune In 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. Visit LFLP Radio Show page »»

LFC Equity Deep-DiveLFC Equity Deep-Dive

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. View Our Equity Statement »»

The Green Gold of San Luis

Vacuum Cooling in Agriculture - video shared by the Valley Roots Food Hub
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.


Enjoy 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!!

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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. Program also includes emphasis in Health & Wellness, Sustainability, Business & Food Policy, Sociology/Social Justice.
View ASU Studies Flyer »»   Visit ASU Food Studies Program »»


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.

CO Food Systems Advisory Council »»

Strengthening healthy food access for all Coloradans through agriculture, local food systems, and economies.

CSU Food Systems »»

Making global impact through local connections and informing opportunities through research and education.

Grain School 2021 - Online & In The Field »»

Sustainability, Wellness & Learning offered by UCCS

SLV Ecosystem Council Blog »»

Where community & citizens join. See Post- Foraging for Wild Edibles

Nourish Colorado »»

Transforming food systems for true food chain value.

Rock Mountain Farmers Union »»

Ag support thru education, legislation, and economic models.

Map of Colorado Farmers Markets »»

Locator to aide in finding Farmers Markets in Colorado.

Recipe to Reality Seminar by University of Nebraska »»

Business training for food manufacturing on campus.

Farmers Guide to the Producer Grant Program »»

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

Double Up Food Bucks 2021 Market Application »»

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

Rural Women-Led Business Fund »»

Education Fund available to rural women-led businesses in SLV.

Map of Double-Up Food Bucks Locations in Colorado »»

Locator to aide in finding DUFB participation venue locations.


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.

SLV Local Foods

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:

Clif Bar Family FoundationRSF Social FinanceThe Laura Jane Musser FundJacob & Terese Hershey FoundationThe Colorado Health FoundationThe Colorado Trust

Great Outdoors ColoradoRocky Mountain Farmers UnionColorado Farm & Food System ResponseUSDA - CFSThe Alamosa Marketing District

Gates Family FoundationCommunity Foundation of the San Luis Valley 1st SouthWest BankValley Wide Health Systems, Inc.Colorado Blueprint To End Hunger

Anschutz Family FoundationMoore Charitable FoundationCooking MattersLor FoundationColorado Department of Agriculture

Kenneth King FoundationSangre De Cristo National Heritage AreaEl Pomar Foundation


"Eating is an Agricultural Act." - Wendell Berry

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