LFC Newsletter – Hello, Fall!

Here’s what’s inside our October 13th, 2022 newsletter / Esto es lo que hay dentro de nuestro boletín del 13 de octubre de 2022:

  • MoKi: Save the Date!
  • Farewell Val
  • We’re Hiring!
  • Rio Grande Farm Park: horno complete
  • Food Hub: storage crops, fall fruits, & turkey pre-orders
  • Photo Voice Campaign
  • Food & Ag Surveys – win $50 dollars!
  • LOCAL! + Scenaria recap
  • Mercadillo en el Rio gallery
  • Halloween & Weekend
  • EventsCottage Food Course
  • MoKi: ¡Aparta la fecha!
  • Adiós Val¡
  • Estamos contratando!
  • Rio Grande Farm Park: horno completo
  • Food Hub: cultivos de almacenamiento, frutas de otoño y pedidos anticipados de pavo
  • Campaña Foto Voz
  • Encuestas sobre alimentos y agricultura: ¡gane $ 50 dólares!
  • ¡LOCAL! + Scenaria
  • Galería Mercadillo en el Río
  • Eventos de Halloween y fin de semana
  • Curso de comida casera

Grains & Grub

  • Grain School 2022
  • Valley Roots Food Hub
    • Local Foods
    • Pallet Freight
    • Zapata Ranch Retreat
    • We’re Hiring!
  • Mercodillo @ RGFP
  • Summer MoKI Schedule
  • Cooking Matters at Farmers Markets
  • SLV Water Export Update
  • Enrollment for Head Start is Open
 Zapata Ranch’s Chef Ivan prepares a meal for the Valley Roots Food Hub crew at their annual staff dinner. Zapata Ranch is one of the Food Hub’s biggest customers. Photo by Al Stone.

Summer is Bustlin’

Photo of The Dish Chili Cook-off event in Center, CO on July 9th by Liza Marron.

Dear community, 

I am continually astounded by the movers and shakers who are making fresh food more accessible here in this dry, rural landscape. It takes skill and effort to cultivate food in this climate. The route of farming and ranching is a grueling test of persistence and care, yet I have spoken to growers who are committed because something in their soul is called to the work and they cannot imagine a different lifestyle. They inspire me, along with the many others who are working each day to feed our community in an ethical, loving, just, and healthy way. To all who are invested in a more resilient local food system – thank you for raging against the status quo. It matters.

Ally Jean


  • Jobs
  • Summer MoKI Schedule
  • Cooking Matters Update
  • Valley Roots Food Hub Offerings
  • VRFH Selected for EPA Grant
  • Mercodillo en el Rio @ RGFP
  • Community Yard Sale
  • Thank you YouthWorks!
  • Volunteer Work Day July 30
  • Liz Breckbill committed to another year!
  • Simple Foods Market SALE on Saturday
  • Grain School in the Field
  • Job Fair in Saguache August 18


  • Trabajos
  • El “MoKi” en Alamosa 
  • Clases de cocinar para familias
  • Valley Roots Food Hub
  • Premio de EPA 
  • Mercodillo en el Rio
  • Venta de Garaje
  • Gracias a Voluntarios
  • Día de trabajar de voluntarios el 30 de julio
  • Liz Breckbill sería voluntaria un año más
  • Descuentos en Simple Foods Market el sábado
  • Escuela de granos
  • Entrenamiento de entrevistas en Saguache

The MoKi is Back with Local Yak!

The MoKi serves meals made with local ingredients! Photo copyright 2021 Will Widmer, courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


  • Find the MoKi this Weekend!
  • Double Up Food Bucks 
  • Cooking Matters Family Classes
  • Mercodillo en el Rio @ RGFP
  • SLV Farmers Markets 
  • Valley Roots Food Hub Offerings & Jobs
  • Local Foods Local Places Quarterly Meeting
  • Welcome Alliyah!
  • The Dish Chili Cook Off July 9
  • Grain School in the Field
  • Job Fair in Saguache
  • VEGI Garden Nights Tuesdays 5-7 pm


  • El “MoKi” en Alamosa 
  • Double Up Food Bucks – recibe frutas y verduras gratis
  • Clases de cocinar para familias
  • Mercodillo en el Rio
  • Mercados de Agricultores
  • Valley Roots Food Hub
  • Reunión de “Local Foods Local Places”
  • Bienvenido a Alliyah Garcia
  • Evento en Center 9 de Julio
  • Escuela de granos
  • Entrenamiento de entrevistas en Saguache
  • Ser voluntario de jardin de La Puente

Adobe Wall Build, Spring Recipes, VEGI 25th BDAY

VEGI Kick-Off Brunch was a success!! Congrats to our La Puente partner.
  • Adobe Wall Build at Rio Grande Farm Park – Volunteers Wanted! Saturday May 21, 9 am to 3 pm 
  • Job Opportunities: 4H Coordinator, Full-Time Project Coordinator for SLV 6 County Community Food Assessment, Truck Mechanic for Valley Roots Food Hub
  • What’s available from Valley Roots Food Hub?
    • Asparagus, Radishes, Arctic Char, Pickled Beets & Carrots 
    • Summer CSA Boxes
    • Welcome Alex, new VRFH driver!
  • Cooking Matters Spring Garden Recipe Ideas
  • SLV Gardening Facebook Group
  • Support the MoKi!  Crowdfunding Campaign 
  • Water Export Update: Douglas County Commissioners voting on RWR proposal this month!
  • Healthy School Meals for All HB-1414 Passed!
  • Community  Tree Planting May 19 
  • Alamosa Community Greenhouse Plant Sale May 21 
  • Rio Trio Seeking Volunteers June 10-12
  • 25 Years of La Puente’s VEGI Program
  • VEGI Garden Night Tuesdays 5-7 pm

Dragon Tongue Beans, Abundant Radishes, & Cooking Matters Events

Highlights / Temas

Rio Grande Farm Park

  • Adobe Wall Work Day May 21 
  • Dragon Tongue Beans & Compost for Sale 

MoKi / Local Foods Local Places

  • Crowdfunding Campaign 

Valley Roots Food Hub

  • End of Potato Season! 
  • We’re Hiring! 
  • Asparagus, Radishes, Arctic Char, Pickled Beets & Carrots 
  • Summer CSAs Available

Cooking Matters

  • In Person Programming Available 
  • Chick-ies: Healthy Cookies Recipe 


  • Water Export Update
  • Free Energy Assessments 
  • Produce Safety Rule 

Community Events

  • We’re Hiring: SLV 6 County Food Assessment 
  • VEGI Kick-Off Brunch May 14 
  • Orient Land Trust Workshops – Seeking Workshop Leads 
  • Alamosa Community Greenhouse Plant Sale May 21 
  • Rio Trio Seeking Volunteers

Rio Grande Farm Park

  • Construir en adobe el 21 de mayo
  • Frijoles de lengua de dragón y compost a la venta

MoKi / Local Foods Local Places

  • Financiación colectiva

Valley Roots Food Hub

  • Final de la temporada de patatas
  • Estamos contratando
  • Espárragos, rábanos, betabeles y zanahorias 
  • Cajas frescas 

Cooking Matters

  • Clases en persona o virtuales
  • Receta de galletas saludables

Estado del Colorado

  • Actualización de exportación de agua 
  • Evaluaciones de energía gratuitas
  • Reglas de seguridad de productos

Eventos Comunitarios

  • Evaluación de alimentos del 6 condado de SLV – Estamos contratando
  • Almuerzo de VEGI 14 de mayo
  • Buscando líderes de demostraciónes para Orient Land Trust
  • El invernadero del Alamosa venderé plantas el 21 de mayo 
  • La carrera “Rio Trio” necesita voluntarios
Cooking Matters Pop Up tour at Adams State University

Rising Stewards & Asparagus – Local Food is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day!

  • Rio Grande Farm Park
    • Rising Stewards Program
    • Volunteer Work Day SATURDAY April 23
    • Farmer Cooperative Training w/ RMFU, Tues Aprll 26
    • Compost for Sale
  • MoKi / Local Foods Local Places
    • Crowdfunding Campaign
    • KRZA Radio Show: La Puente Hunger Education Week April 24-30
    • First Friday May 6th in Alamosa
  • Valley Roots Food Hub
    • Welcome Angelica of PrepFuel SLV!
    • Hiring Mechanic & Ruby on Rails Software Developer
    • Porridge, Asparagus, Popcorn, Pickled Carrots
  • Cooking Matters
    • Nutrition Tips at Alamosa Food Pantry, Friday April 29th 1-3 pm
  • Statewide
    • SLV 6 County Food Assessment Launching Tuesday
    • First in the nation Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement awarded to Colorado
    • Support HB22-189 Cover All Coloradans – Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Community Events
    • Earth Day Photo Contest
    • Earth Day River Cleanup
    • La Puente Hunger Education Week!
    • Orient Land Trust Workshops – Seeking Workshop Leads
Photo of Milberger Farms Asparagus by Al Stone

Seeds, Compost, & Opportunities

Highlights / Temas:

April 7, 2022 / El 7 de abril, 2022

  • Welcome Max Gibson, Development Director
  • MoKi Crowdfunding / Financiación Colectiva 
  • Valley Roots Food Hub is Hiring
  • Hiring 2022 RGFP Assistant / Estamos contratando un asistente de RGFP para 2022
  • Compost for Sale / Abono para la venta
  • First Fridays / Primeros Viernes
  • VRFH Offerings – Citrus, Lettuce, Coffee, Herbs, Bison, Dried Cherries
  • CSU Extension is Hiring
  • Regional Food Summit Notes & Reflections
  • Gratitude for the Joyful Journey Seed Exchange 
  • Mountainfilm on Tour; Wild & Scenic Livestream Film Fest
  • Land Acknowledgement by Abram Rosenberg
Jenny of Laz Ewe 2 Bar Goat Dairy teaches the participants of the 2022 Regional Food Summit the process of cheese-making.

MoKi Crowdfund, Bok Choi, We’re Hiring!

Bok Choi from The Summer’s House is available at Valley Roots Food Hub!

Highlights / Temas:

March 24, 2022 / El 24 de marzo, 2022

  • Regional Food Summit TOMORROW / Cumbre Regional de Alimentación el 25 de marzo
  • Wild & Scenic Film Fest April 9
  • MoKi Crowdfunding / Financiación Colectiva 
  • First Fridays / Primeros Viernes
  • Interview with Devon Peña – On Reviving Traditional Farming Methods
  • Hiring 2022 RGFP Assistant / Estamos contratando un asistente de RGFP para 2022
  • Volunteer Work Day March 26 / Día de trabajo de voluntarios el 26 de marzo
  • Compost for Sale / Abono para la venta
  • How to sell through VRFH / Cómo vender en Valley Roots Food Hub
  • Seed Exchange April 2 – Proceeds to RGFP! / Intercambio de Semillas el 2 de abril 
  • VRFH is Hiring / VRFH está contratando
  • VRFH Offerings – Citrus, Lettuce, Onions, Dragon Tongue Beans
  • Cooking Matters Citrus Salad Recipe