Our Moki Chefs are excited to bring the Mobile Kitchen to your door! We are now offering our healthy food options to locals who may be interested in Catering Services. Call us to arrange your Social Eats Event at 719-580-5977. Our chefs will help you plan a delicious locally sourced food meal for your guests!
Please keep in mind the availability to access local foods during the cold months at the Valley Roots Food Hub and come visit us at the Winter Farmer's Markets in December at the North River Greenhouse in Alamosa on December 5, 12, 19 from 10am-12pm. Fresh food and other goods will be available from the Farm Park, MoKi, and Local Vendors!
What is Food Asset Mapping?
Food Asset Mapping is a technique that is used to understand historic changes and shifts in food assets over time. Changes in the flow and diversity of the population impact farming, food processing and manufacturing, as well as the dynamics of the food retail environment. Food assets include the local food infrastructure that maintains food-security, and economically vibrant communities and regions. Assets include farms and ranches, agricultural inputs, processing and distribution capacity, food businesses, markets, retailers, kitchens, waste treatment facilities, emergency food distribution. They also include non-physical assets such as markets, available funding, investment opportunities, services, and technical assistance support. Unlike many previous food asset mapping exercises, it is critical in Colorado and the San Luis Valley to consider natural resource assets, particularly water, which may limit potential opportunities or put other food assets at risk.
Apply for SNAP Benefits - SNAP is here to help during COVID
SNAP the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides a monthly supplement for purchasing nutritious food. Benefits are available to support families as well as the local economy. Temporary changes due to COVID-19 make it easier to apply and may increase your benefit amount. View the Apply Info in English »» View the Apply Info in Spanish »»
Good News! Stretch Your P-EBT Dollars with Double Up Food Bucks!
For Colorado families with school-age children, a new food benefit called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is here to help! P-EBT is available for families who qualify for free or reduced meals at school but missed it because of schools closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic; eligible households may receive up to $279 per child that will support the family in creating healthy, wholesome meal options for kids who are now home during the school day. Read More about P-EBT Benefit »»
Apply for SNAP Benefits Over the Phone
The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition is now providing remote SNAP application appointments. Anyone wanting food assistance can call to complete an application. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 719-937-2319, or text SNAP to 719-539-5606. You can also apply for SNAP benefits online at Colorado PEAK »» or by calling your local human services department. Emergency allotments for SNAP recipients not receiving the maximum amount will be issued on May 18-20th. Go to Hunger Free Colorado »» for any SNAP or food resource updates. Local food resources can be found at SLV COVID Food and Resource Directory »» Visit the Valley Roots Food page to Learn where SNAP is Accepted »»
Valley Roots Food Hub - COVID Food Order Resource
Source local foods weekly from our Southern Colorado Foodshed and thru the Denver Cooperative via these direct links for delivery of our locally grown sourced food!
Market Orders are open for 2 weekly placement times and delivery schedules. - Orders placed by 4pm on Friday will receive Tuesday delivery - Orders placed by 4pm on Tuesday will receive Friday delivery A $250 Order Minimum will receive Complimentary Delivery! View YouTube Video - How to order from the Valley Roots Food Hub »»
New LFC Program - Local Foods, Local Places!
Many organizations and agencies in Alamosa are responding to the economic conditions and food security concerns facing many residents by increasing access to fresh, healthy food, strengthening the community's sense of place, and ultimately, enhancing the downtown area. In 2016, Alamosa requested assistance through the Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) program to develop an action plan for promoting local food systems, and healthy, walkable, economically vibrant communities.
Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) is an initiative with four goals:
Integrate local foods, art, music, and outdoor recreation as a community development strategy.
Prioritize economic development opportunities and revitalization efforts in downtown Alamosa.
Increase and strengthen food access, learning programs, and infrastructure that celebrates Alamosa's agricultural heritage.
Center youth and historically underrepresented members of the community in growing the LFLP initiatives. MoKi: Local Food Local Places is one amazing project that does this work! Connect with MoKi: Facebook »»Instagram »»
The Local Foods, Local Places program »» is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). Alamosa was one of 23 communities across the United States selected to participate in the program in 2017. A Local Foods, Local Places Steering Committee was formed in Alamosa in preparation for this technical assistance award, and is comprised of a wide variety of community partners (see Figure 6). The Steering Committee expressed a desire to build on the communities' existing plans, which include the City of Alamosa Comprehensive (2017), the Rio Grande Farm Park Master Plan (2017), and the San Luis Valley Trails and Recreation Master Plan (2014). View LFLP Community Action Plan for SLV »»
In their request for Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance, the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and the Local Foods, Local Places Steering Committee named better coordination among local and regional efforts, with specific attention to strengthening the local food economy, revitalizing Main Street, increasing involvement with the local arts community, increasing attendance at existing farmers markets, increasing food access and wellness, and strengthening the community's sense of place - as primary goals. Ultimately, the City aims to achieve its goal of improving the downtown area to become the center for local foods, local arts and entertainment, business, service, historic preservation, and tourism.
Welcome to our LFLP Program Director, Abe Rosenberg!
The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition would like to welcome a new staff member to the team. Abe Rosenberg is a San Luis Valley native that will be supporting the Local Foods Coalition as it enacts some of the strategies outlined in a recent strategic development plan for the SLV. Rosenberg is a young farmer and local foods leader and educator who is committed to developing the San Luis Valley's local food system. Rosenberg will be serving as the LFLP Program Director to bring equitable local foods access and education to our communities. We warmly welcome Abe to our team and hope you will do the same!
The activities working on were first borne out of the 2017 "Local Foods, Local Places" (LFLP) community planning workshop facilitated by the USDA, EPA, DOT, and others. LFLP planning took place over several months and culminated in a strategic planning workshop on September 18th and 19th, 2017, where a diverse group of over 60 community stakeholders gathered at city hall over a two-day period to create a robust action plan around promoting local food systems and vitalizing the community via local foods, recreation, and art. With a strategic plan in place, funders such as the Colorado Health Foundation, Laura Jane Musser Fund, RSF Social Finance, and community sponsors have stepped up to support the Local Foods Coalition in performing this work.
We are excited to share our new radio show organized by our Show Manager, Abe Rosenberg! Please join us from 8:30-9am every 3rd Thursday of the month for the Local Foods, Local Places Radio Show. All current radio shows will be posted on our Local Foods, Local Places web page along with past shows archived »» for you to listen to at your convenience. Tune In to Live Show Here on 3rd Thursdays »»
This innovative radio show will highlight the SLV Local Foods Coalition's local food efforts, community, various projects and programs, events, and more! Our coalition programs are core to connecting local foods, local places, and local people of the San Luis Valley and beyond. LFC projects and programs such as Cooking Matters, Rio Grande Farm Park, Valley Roots Food Hub, Farm to School, MoKi, and the Local Roots Guide are essential to promoting the LFC's mission to foster an equitable local food system.
January 21st, 2021 - LFLP Radio Show by Ally Jean Arnold Highlighting market, its history, sourcing Valley natural local foods and affiliations Featuring Guests David & Laura Kephart - Owners of Simple Foods Market, Del Norte Colorado
Program History - Healthy Habits & MoKi integrate into the Local Food, Local Places Program!
SLV Healthy Habits program & MoKi (Mobile Kitchen) has been a project of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition with the goal to promote a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and other healthy local foods. Healthy Habits education program (SNAP-Ed) grew out of a collaborative of dedicated community members that has promoted access to healthy, seasonally fresh produce in the San Luis Valley since 1996.
Part of this collaborative effort has included working with Livewell Colorado team to bring Double Up Food Bucks to Colorado for Colorado grown produce purchases and providing MoKi Demonstrations (Mobile Kitchen) during the growing season at the SLV Farmers Market highlighting the delicious spectrum of local produce available in the San Luis Valley. The Double Up Snap Produce Bucks were implemented for use at the Alamosa Farmers Market, Fourth Street Food Store in Saguache and the previous Alamosa Valley Food Co-op. LFC is proud to be a participating Advocate in informing and guiding Double Up Food Bucks outreach strategies in Alamosa and surrounding communities.
Going forward, in 2017 and 2018 the stakeholders worked on a strategic plan to invigorate our economy with a "Taste of Place" where tourists and local families can enjoy the taste of our regional farm produce on their plates when they dine. This began the arrival of LFLP and for 2 days in September of 2017, a workshop was organized to invite the community for input into this new valuable program. The Local Food Local Places plan ended up with 18 strategies, #1 of which was to vitalize our downtown with the story of the food on the plate as it relates to our agricultural region. We also have several others goals to support the Alamosa Farmers Market, walking and biking, local art and local music and recreational activities. We held a workshop at the Alamosa City Council Chambers on Wednesday February 27th, 2019 for a convening of Alamosa restaurant owners and Alamosa Local Foods Local Places Stakeholders to explore the topic of Alamosa as a destination community known for its farm to table, local "terroir" - the characteristic taste and flavor of our region expressed in our restaurants. View Local Foods, Local Places Community Action Plan for SLV »»View LFLP Workshop Info »»
Double Up Food Bucks - Become a Community Food Advocate! - 2016-present
LiveWell Colorado is actively working to transform access to nutritious food in the entire state. One of its major programs, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), allows SNAP recipients to receive $1 for every $1 spent on SNAP-eligible food, up to $20. These "double up food bucks" can then be used to purchase fresh Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. DUFB was started in 2016 and has helped people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. LiveWell Colorado is taking DUFB to the next level and is looking to develop and increase community engagement.
In order to do this, LiveWell will be working with partners across the state to develop the Community Food Advocates program. This program works with local ambassadors to share the DUFB program with community members and organizations to increase participation. View DUFB Program Press Release »»
We are actively seeking current or past recipients of SNAP and DUFB participants as Community Food Advocates. We are currently looking for Advocates in Southwest Colorado (Montezuma and La Plata Counties, with some outreach in Archuleta and Dolores Counties), Denver, Garfield County, Montrose County, and the San Luis Valley.
Community Food Advocates will partner with community members to support the DUFB program. Advocates will promote and increase community participation in the program. Stipends are provided. View DUFB Advocate Info »»
Check out this complementary instructional video "How to Make Beans" from Cooking Matters Nutrition Educator Lois Harvie and Local Foods Local Places Program Director Abe Rosenberg. View here smaller or Picture in a Picture or Visit YouTube »»