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~ NEWS & EVENTS 2015 ~

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Coalition News and Events 2015 & Earlier

We are pleased to share past news and events about our Coalition Efforts and Community happenings!

Farm to School Kickoff Event - February 7th, 2015

Join us at the Boys & Girls Club in Alamosa to support our schools for a healthier Colorado! We will discuss the Colorado Farm to School Bill, have fun activities, and provide snacks. All are welcome, we appreciate friends and farmers to spread the word about this important meetup. View Event Poster »»

Seed to SeedSeed to Seed Library Kickoff Event - February 20th, 2015

Join us at Adams State University in the Nielsen Library for seed to seed kickoff event featuring Ribbon Cutting, Community Seed Exchanges, and Documentary Film - Seeds of Time. This Kickoff event will lead into more seed related events and activities including presentations, tours, lectures, workshops, garden gatherings, and more! View Event Info »»
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SLV Food Day Celebration - October 24th, 2015

Join us at the Valley Roots Food Hub in Mosca on Saturday October 24th from 9am-11am. There will be a Delicious Local Foods Breakfast with a "Meet Your Meat" Sustainable Meat Production Panel Discussion featuring Sherry Haugen, Trudi Kretsinger, and Kyle Grote. What a powerhouse! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children with childcare on site! Sign up at We look forward to seeing you there! View Event Info »»   View Event Poster »»

Grange Future Talks by Severine Fleming - September 14th, 2015

Come join us for a gathering day with Severine Von Tscharner, the founder of the Greenhorns and Grange Future. Severine's visit will entail discussions about issues of young farmers, land access, the Grange Future and much more! LFC will provide lunch at Saguache Bridge Building and potluck dinner will be held in Alamosa at the VandeWalle's ranch. View Event Info »»

Harvest Soirée at Rio Grand Healthy Living Park - September 9th, 2015!

This fun-filled fundraising event featured hayrides, live music, libations, and local farm food supporting the SLV Local Foods Coalition and its programs. View Event Poster »»

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Washington / Alamosa - SBA Press Release - August 4th, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition based in Alamosa Colorado is among the winners. The recipients represent 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The SBA discussed the Growth Accelerator program and other SBA programs at the White House Demo Day on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
View President Obamas delivery remarks, video at right »»

The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (LFC) entered the national contest based on its work to foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. Two important business incubator projects were featured. The Valley Roots Food Hub local foods aggregation and distribution enterprise complete with a warehouse and large-scale commercial kitchen for value-added production in Mosca; And the 38-acres of amazing soil at the bend of the Rio that comprises the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park - recently obtained to nurture beginning farmers and to attract visitors for a back-to-the-land experience. Read Full Press Release »»

RGHLP 2nd Community Process Meeting - May 5th, 2015

RGHLPThe Rio Grande Healthy Living Park and the Trust for Public Land will be holding a community meeting at Adams State University to discuss and present program elements for the park. Come vote and be part of these discussions to let us know your thoughts for the park! This is an important opportunity for the community to continue input to share ideas for the future of the park. We look forward to seeing you there! View Meeting Info »»

La Puente's Hunger Education Week - April 12-17th, 2015

La Puente, our amazing Alamosa nonprofit partner, is kicking off their annual Hunger Education Week with CROP WALK on Sunday April 7th. Crop Walk is a community event to raise awareness of global hunger issues. We walk in solidarity with those around the world who must walk several miles a day to find food and water. CROP Walk is also a fundraiser for the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley and a global organization that devotes their time to combating world poverty and hunger. Please join the Local Foods Coalition walk team to show our support of this great cause. Also featuring other activities such as Store Tour, Photovoice Exibit and a Sustainability Presentation at Adams State University. View Event Poster »»

Cooking Matters at the Store Day - April 7th, 2014 & CM Cooking Classes

Join us for a tour and tasting event at Alamosa City Market. Learn about practical shopping skills receive some free shopping goodies. This is an Open Public event part of La Puente's Hunger Education Week. We look forward to seeing you there!
View Event Info »»   View Upcoming Cooking Matters Fall Classes Info »»   View CM Classes Volunteer Bootcamp Info »»

Screening of FED UP - February 27th, 2014

We invite you to a community showing of this renowned documentary at 7pm in the Alamosa Presbyterian Church. FED UP is a 2014 documentary exposing the secrets of the food industry, the alarming spread of childhood obesity, and will shake your idea of what we eat and why. Admission is free but donations to cover screening costs will be accepted. View Event Info »»

LFC Coalition Meeting at Hospice del Valle - December 6th, 2013

Our monthly meeting will be packed with a busy agenda! Many topics will be expounded on with several guest presenters including LiveWell Colorado, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Round Robin Speakers along with covering LFC's upcoming agenda and more! View Meeting Info »»

Free Workshop November 15th, 2013 - Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

Join representatives from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and History Colorado to learn about how the designation of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area affects you. Representatives will discuss what the designation means to those who live within the boundary, how preservation of historic (public and private) properties within the boundary will be affected, what types of funding may be available to residents and more! View Event Info »»

Food Day Celebration - October 24th, 2013

Food Day CelebrationCome Celebrate! Don't forget about the Food Day event in Alamosa this Thursday at 5:00pm! Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced foods. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and the Alamosa Community Greenhouse will be celebrating Food Day with a FREE event beginning at 5:00pm on Thursday, October 24th at the Alamosa Senior Center in Cole Park. This will be a family friendly event featuring pizza-making with local ingredients and a showing of What's on Your Plate? an acclaimed documentary film about kids and food politics. The event is free, but donations are always appreciated. View Event Poster »»

Permaculture Workshop - October 12th, 2013

Join Us for this exciting hans on event with local expert Kenny Fischer at Boyd Garden. Learn about the principles of permaculture and how it relates to horticulture and agriculture ecosystems. View Event Poster »»

Harvest Moon Soirée: A Local Foods Benefit - September 21-22nd, 2013 - Save the Date!

Harvest Moon SoireeJoin us for our first annual fundraiser, The Harvest Moon Soirée, featuring a local food farm dinner with local libations and music. This evening outdoor farm to table dinner gathering will feature 100% SLV grown feast with fun for all and will help benefit the LFC initiative efforts for the San Luis Valley. We will also be featuring a Sunday morning Farm Tour. View Event Info »»

Horno Workshop - September 7th, 2013

Horno WorkshopJoin us for a workshop on cooking in an Horno on Sat. Sept. 7th, at Cactus Hill Farm in Capulin. Hornos are outdoor ovens constructed of adobe that were used traditionally by Native Americns and Hispanics for making foods like bread, meat, and chicos. Elena Miller of Cactus Hill Farm will teach a lesson on cooking in an horno. Cooking starts at 4pm, followed by a meal and traditional music. Lamb cooked in the horno will be shared. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able. Suggested donation of %10 but scholarships are available. Please RSVP to 719-937-2319 so that we can give you directions to the farm.

Dilly Bean WorkshopDilly Bean Canning Workshop sponsored by LFC - August 25th, 2013

Join us for a canning workshop on Sunday Aug. 25th from 1-3 pm at the Church of the Nazarene in Monte Vista. Marianna Young will teach how to can dilly beans. A %10 fee will cover class materials and at least one jar of beans to take home. Please RSVP to 719-937-2319 by August 22nd so that there will be enough supplies for everyone. If you have any wide mouth pint canning jars to contribute please bring them. View Event Info »»

Fermentation Bike Tour - August 6th, 2013

Join us for the Fermentation Bike Ride in Alamosa on Tuesday, August 6th starting at 5 pm. Bring your bikes (and your helmets!) and join in a ride that includes the history of fermentation, veggie fermentation, kombucha, sodas and beer. The tour will begin at Milagros at 5pm. A map of the route is attached. A few additional bikes will be available if you don't have your own or you may join us by alternate form of transportation. Stations will close after the bike group rides through. Suggested donation of $5. For more information call 719-937-2319. View Event Info »»   View Bike Route Map »»

Kirby House TourKirby House Gardens & Greenhouses Tour - July 27th, 2013

Paul Niebel will offer a free tour of the gardens and greenhouses at Kirby House Agro in Sanford and will discuss specific plants and growing techniques for the SLV. The tour begins at 5 pm at 960 Main St. Sanford. A light meal and good garden conversation will be shared after the tour. Please bring a small dish to share if you are able. View Event Info »»

11th Annual Southwest Marketing Network Conference, July-15-17th, 2013
Local Roots - Regional Connections

This networking event will provide maximum opportunity for farmers, educators, administrators, non-profits, agencies, and policy makers to explore the breadth of what Farm to School programs offer to each of them, to learn together and network across sectors. By exploring our own roles, and understanding the roles others play, we can team up to increase opportunities for farmers to expand markets, for children in our schools to learn about growing food, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles, and for agencies and policy makers to promote economic development by establishing sustainable local food systems. View Event Info »»

Valley Research Study by Ken Meter - June 2nd, 2013

An insightful economic study of the San Luis Valley Region highlighting the Local Farm & Food Economy conducted by Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center and is available for viewing. The consumer study covers Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, & Saguache Counties. View SLV Study Results »»

Seed Exchange Event - February 16th, 2013

Seed to SeedThe 3rd Annual San Luis Valley Seed Exchange this weekend! The Seed Exchange is Saturday, February 16th at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs Conference Center from 10-3. Admission is free. There will be lots going on including great food and info booths. Seed savers can bring their own seeds or unopened commercial seeds to share. If you are bringing your own saved seeds make sure they are cleaned, packaged and labeled. The SLV Seed Exchange donates all proceeds to non-profit organizations that are committed to sustainability and education.

San Luis Valley Local Food Train - January 19th, 2013

Seed to SeedJoin the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and the SLV Local Foods Coalition for the 2nd annual SLV Local Food Train event. The distinct flavors of the San Luis Valley are showcased on this scenic winter train ride as a chef prepares locally inspired dishes from area farmers and ranchers. Enjoy the spectacular winter scenery from the warmth and comfort of a train car as you travel from Alamosa to the quaint mountain town of La Veta. Partake in local foods and drinks provided by Valley growers and brewers. Guest speakers will be on hand to share their experiences with ranching, farming, beekeeping, seed saving, and the value of eating locally. For ticket information go to or call 877-726-RAIL. A portion of each ticket purchased will go to benefit the work of SLV Local Foods Coalition.

"Eating is an Agricultural Act." - Wendell Berry

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