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Valley Roots Food Hub
Source local foods weekly from our Southern Colorado Foodshed and thru the Denver Cooperative via: »»

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 »»

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


LFC - Rio Grande Farm Park - Job Opportunity for Hire!

The Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) is looking for a Farm Park Program Assistant and Education Coordinator (RGFP PAEC) to work alongside the RGFP Program Director to assist with all aspects of working a small-scale farming operation and regenerative agricultural education programs. View Full Job Description »»

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Seed Saving Webinar

Join us for a Free Seed Saving Webinar presented by Brian Ross, a master gardener and farmer. Brian will share his knowledge and experiences and looks forward to learning from others. Webinar can be accessed via Zoom by visiting LFC Facebook »» View Event Info »»

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VEGI's Kick-Off Cook-Off Fundraiser

Join this Virtual Event hosted by VEGI for their annual seasonal Kick-off Cook-off event.

Enjoy a Cooking Segment and learn more about VEGI's story, mission, and community goals. Register to receive a Zoom participation link. Event Poster »» Event Details »»

VEGI Fundraiser

VEGI's Kick-Off Cook-Off Fundraiser
Host: La Puente Home of Alamosa
Date: May 22, 2021
Time: Saturday, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Place: Virtual Zoom Event
Contact: 719-580-4407
Visit Website »» Fundraiser Event

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CSA Sponsors Needed - Valley Roots Food Hub

Valley Roots is looking for Summer Fresh Box CSA Program Sponsors! Support local farms and the community by funding a fresh box share for someone in need.

Support Local for 13 weeks June-September.
Contact our CSA Market Manager, Allyson for program details.

Summer CSASummer CSA

Sign-ups for the Summer CSA 2021 starting in April!

Online Pre-Ordering for Summer CSA Fresh Boxes at the Valley Roots Food Hub will soon be available in April. 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 »»

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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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Nourish Colorado - Winter Webinar Series 2020-21

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 »»

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!


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

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 »»

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LFC Monthly Radio Show with 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 »»

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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.

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.

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SLV Food Resources Directory

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


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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