SLV Community Food & Agriculture Assessment

Want to have a voice in the SLV Food & Agriculture Plan?

Take one of our surveys.

You’ll be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card.

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PURPOSE

Create an actionable and strategic plan to provide solutions that build the capacity of the food & agricultural systems in the San Luis Valley.

Addressing the opportunities and challenges in our current systems.

What impacts do these opportunities and challenges have on the health and well being of our people and ecology?

What economic impacts do these challenges and opportunities have on our producers?

VOICES WE WANT TO HEAR

  • Community :: Anyone who eats food
  • Producers:: Farmers & Ranchers
    • Ranch Hands
    • Farm Workers
  • Food Businesses
    • Processing Facility Owners
    • Delivery Drivers
    • Food Hubs / Aggregators
    • Grocers
      • Grocery Store Staff
    • Restaurant Owners
      • Chefs & Bakers
      • Restaurant Staff
    • Farmer Market Managers
    • Food Banks / Pantries
  • Local Governments
  • Policy Makers

Areas of Focus

Healthy Food Access – Everyone in the County has access to affordable, healthy, culturally relevant foods

Viable Opportunities for Agricultural Producers – Farmers and Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs discuss the ways they see agriculture being successful and sustainable into the future

Diversity Equity and Inclusion – Creating a plan for food and ag that has a diversity of voices – including race, age, gender, socioeconomic status, commercial and small farms, and more. Promoting justice impartiality and fairness and that those who are diverse feel welcome and included.

Environmental Health – ensuring a future with soil health, water health and conservation, air quality 

Emergency Food Plan  – Creating a plan for the San Luis Valley that makes sure every member of the community has access to good nutrition during an emergency such as weather, pandemic, food shortages etc. 

Project Partners

  • Coalición de Alimentos Locales del Valle de San Luis
  • New Ventures Advisors
  • Larry Brown – Colorado State University, San Luis Valley Extension
  • Rebecca Hill – Colorado State University, Regional Economic Development Institute
  • Dawn Thilmany – Colorado State University
  • Becca Jablonski – Colorado State University
  • Lynne Thompson – Saguache County Commissioner
  • Vern Heersink – Alamosa County Commissioner
  • Steve Romero – Costilla County Commissioner
  • Alice Pugh – The Civic Canopy 
  • Julia Freedgood – American Farmland Trust
  • Lonnie Gillespie – Farm Fresh Direct
  • Melinda Meyers – Saguache County Sustainable Environmental & Economic Development
  • Roseann Martinez – Town of Center
  • Sarah Jones – Jones Family Farms
  • San Luis Valley Development Resources Group
  • Barb Grandell – Sangre de Cristo School District
  • Steven Romero – Costilla County Commissioner
  • Larry Zaragoza – Town Manager, Town of La Jara, CO
  • Dion Oakes – Right Oakes LLC hemp farm, Co-owner of High Mountain Pure
  • Aaron Miltenberger – Boys & Girls Club SLV
  • Azarel Madrigal Chase – First Southwest Community Fund
  • Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Lance Cheslock – La Puente
  • Zoila Gomez, Anita Rodriguez, Lucia Gaspar – Project Protect Promotora Network / Promotores Del Valle de San Luis 
  • Sherice Shiner – Food Bank Network of the SLV
  • Meghan Stalzer – The Camel Chick / Camels and a Yurt / Mudita Camels
  • Kayleigh Roach – University of Denver

ATTEND A SUMMIT

We will provided a meal at the beginning of each summit. A $50 stipend for full-participation will be available if you want it.

Please RSVP as soon as you can so we have enough food for everyone. Thank you!

Conejos County

Saturday, November 12
9am to 1pm
Chavez Southwest Market
611 Main St
Antonito, CO 81120
Breakfast will be provided.

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Rio Grande County

Saturday, December 10
9am to 1pm

Ski Hi Complex
2335 Sherman Avenue
Monte Vista, CO 81144

Breakfast will be provided from Sunflour Cafe.

Keynote :: Kris Gosar

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Saguache County

Saturday, November 19
12 pm to 4pm
Center United Methodist Church
387 S Broadway St
Center, CO 81125
Lunch will be provided.

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Costilla County

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Alamosa County

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Mineral County

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Project Stewards

Meet every month on the second Monday from 4:00PM – 5:30PM

Project Stewards Monthly Meeting  Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85669178765


Project Coordinator

Jae Sanders
575.999.5319 call or text
jae.slvlocalfoods@gmail.com

Project Director

Liza Marron
directorslvlocalfoods@gmail.com


Project area includes the San Luis Valley counties of:

Alamosa  •  Costilla  •  Conejos  •  Mineral  •  Rio Grande  •  Saguache


This project is funded by

  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment – Office of Health Equity
  • The Colorado Health Foundation