Coalition News and Events
We are pleased to share news about our Coalition Efforts and to invite you to attend the many sponsored event happenings and meetings going on in the San Luis Valley and throughout Colorado. Be sure to check out our Facebook Social Media postings below at page bottom to plan ahead for upcoming events!
Learn more about the SLV Local Foods Coalition and Programs!
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We look forward to sharing our news with you! Read our current April 15th, 2021 Newsletter »»
LFC 2020 - A Year in Review - sharing through photos! View Year in Review Presentation »»
11th Annual Seed Exchange - April 17th & 18th, 2021
Join Us for the annual SLV Seed Exchange event hosted by Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa.
Seed Exchange connects gardeners, seed producers and the community over agricultural education and exchange. Learn more about this Free Event »»
Monthly Radio Show with the Local Foods Coalition featured on KRZA 88.7fm
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 »»
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.
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Our 2020 LOCAL Harvest Celebration was a success! - August 30th, 2020 Rio Grande Farm Park
We would like to share the live stream portion of our bi-annual Local! Festival event held at the Rio Grande Farm Park via our Facebook page. View Local! 2020 Event Video »»
The SLV Local Foods Coalition hosted event was a community celebration inspired by the bounty of the agricultural harvest. This event was an opportunity to experience the tastes of the San Luis Valley, connect with farmers, and learn what local groups are doing to support local growers along with live music, food trucks, demonstrations, interviews, farm tour and more!
Thank you to all attendees and participants for joining us and for making this Covid Safe event fun!!
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 to promote local arts and entertainment, business, historic preservation, tourism, and local foods. 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.
The goals of the Local Foods, Local Places program are to create:
- - More economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses.
- - Better access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged groups.
- - Revitalized downtowns, main streets, and neighborhoods.
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).
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.
El Pomar Award - August 16th, 2017
From groups fostering children to dogs and from those promoting arts to local foods, a variety of San Luis Valley nonprofit organizations received funding from the El Pomar Foundation's San Luis Valley Regional Council on Tuesday.
The council provided $40,000 in merit grants to 11 organizations during a presentation ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Valley Courier in Alamosa. Courier Publisher Keith Cerny and Dr. Tom Gilmore, retired Adams State president, were charter members of the regional council 14 years ago and are still serving.
The SLV Local Foods Coalition, on McClure's recommendation, received $2,500. Melissa Fritschka, who has been involved in the coalition's efforts for more than 10 years and in 2018 became a board member, explained some of the coalition's goals including getting local food in local schools, hospitals and restaurants and connecting children with their agricultural heritage. Efforts like Cooking Matters teaches nutrition to families, and the food hub is an aggregate and distribution center for local foods to go out to hospitals, schools and restaurants. The Rio Grande Farm Park is another successful component of the coalition, which assists small farmers. Fritschka said the coalition recently received $100,000 from U.S.D.A.'s Farm to School program to assist efforts to get local foods in the cafeterias of the Valley's 14 school districts. View Full Press Release »»