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 »»

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

Save the Date!! - Local! Harvest Festival 2021

The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition will celebrate the SLV harvest with its annual LOCAL! Festival at the Mudita Camel Dairy in Capulin.

The event is meant to bring joy and gratitude to the community and draw connections to the land and the people who are its steward. You are invited to gather at Mudita Camel Dairy in Conejos County for farm tours, up-close camel encounters, local food, drink, music, and laughter. We look forward to seeing you there! Event Details »»

Local! Harvest Festival

Local! Harvest Festival
Host: San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
& Mudita Camel Dairy
Date: Sunday, August 22
Time: 3pm-7pm
Place: Rd. 8, Antonito, CO
Contact: 303-550-1482 or Email Mudita
Event Poster Info »»
Register to Attend Local! »»

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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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Support the MoKi - Sundays at Six

From June 27 to August 15, Come enjoy delicious dinners by MoKi in Alamosa!
See Schedule for Event Appearances »»

Seeking MoKi Volunteers for Summer Farmers Markets  Reach out to Ally Jean for info.
Serve your community (literally) and enjoy a free meal made with local ingredients!! The busy chefs really appreciate volunteer support during farmers markets in Monte Vista and Alamosa.

VEGI Boyd Garden NightsVEGI Boyd Garden Nights

VEGI - Boyd Community Garden Nights

Get your hands in the soil and engage with the community on Tuesday evenings throughout Summer! All gardening levels are welcome.

Boyd is a community food growing and sharing space, raising vegetables to donate to the Food Bank and to Community Members who are in need or who have lent a helping hand. Event Details »»

VEGI Fundraiser

VEGI - Boyd Community Garden Nights
Host: La Puente Home of Alamosa
Date: May thru September
Time: Tuesday Evenings 5pm-7pm
Place: Corner of 11th & State St. in Alamosa
Contact: 719-589-4567 ex. 102
Visit Website »» Fundraiser Event

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Education Center Ribbon-Cutting Celebration Postponed

Upon much reflection and some discussion, the RGFP staff decided that we are not ready for the July 23rd date for this event. COVID behind-the-scenes-delays have put a lot of our required contractor supplies on backorder. -


We would like to put our best for forward and have a completed, lovely education center to present.

Please forgive our hesitation and decision to call a halt to everything. We all feel strongly that this pause will help us refresh, regroup, and come back strong with a new date in September. This also takes a lot of stress off us all as well as our builders and painters.

Sincerely,
The SLVLFC Team


Rio Grande Farm Park - FARM STAND NOW OPEN - Come Visit Us!
View Flyer Info English »» Spanish »»

SLV Farmers Markets

SLV Farmers Markets

SLV Farmers Markets

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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. SNAP Payment Plan Available. CSA Shares can be ordered until June 22. Contact our CSA Market Manager, Allyson for program details.

Summer CSASummer CSA

Sign-ups for the Summer CSA 2021 starting May 1st!

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

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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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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 - 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 »»

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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 »»

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.

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 »»

SLV Local Foods

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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