Coalition News and Events 2017
We are pleased to share past news and events about our Coalition Efforts and Community happenings!
First Southwest Community Fund Receives Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Grant, to Create a Revolving Loan Fund 2017
Driven to create tangible economic opportunities and support the entrepreneurial spirit in our rural communities, First Southwest Community Fund is thrilled to have been awarded additional funding to further their work. Read press release »»
First Southwest Community Fund Launches The New Pioneers Microloan Program 2017
Driven to support the entrepreneurial spirit in our rural communities, First Southwest Community Fund is thrilled to have been awarded new funding which they are allocating to a new microloan program in Pagosa Springs and the San Luis Valley. Read press release »»
LOCAL! Harvest Festival 2017
The 5th annual LOCAL! Harvest Festival served as a celebration of local food, local art, and local music. Additions to the 2017 event included the relocated Alamosa Farmer's Market at the Rio Grande Farm Park. The event also included Farm Park Tours, several local Food Trucks and Restaurants, a Pumpkin Patch, Educational Demonstrations around food preservation, seed saving, fermentation, making lip balms, salves, and using essential oils, as well as several local musicians and artists!
Veteran Fields at Valleybound in Antonito 2017
Veterans of all ages, along with their friends and family showed up in Antonito Saturday, August 26th, 2017 to enjoy a locally sourced meal and learn more about Veteran Fields, the new Veteran to Farmer project in the SLV. Conejos Clean Water and its Valleybound Garden are part of a larger effort of the Veterans Coalition of the SLV and the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition to provide a menu of agricultural opportunities to veterans. Read the Event Coverage Press Release »»
2017 CSA Kickoff Events - A Celebration of Local Agriculture!
Your chickens are still on the ground, your lettuce is growing in the greenhouse sun, your potatoes are still in storage, and your asparagus is considering poking its verdant spears through the soil surface. Over the next week these local foods will be harvested, procured, and delivered to our region's top local food chefs and venues for our annual Farm to Table CSA events.
May 19th: Kristopher Sackett WIlliams and Julie Kimbrough at Seasons Cafe in Salida are busy opening their new location right on the banks of the mighty Arkansas River. They have got some tricks up their sleeve for sure and you want to find out what they are while enjoying Salida's most powerful restaurant location at the hands of this game-changer duo and their loyal staff! To have such dedicated local food restauranteurs landing such a location will be a monumental event in the history of the Central Colorado local food system. Just watch, dine, and partake in this welcomed anomaly of fiercely-local and almost completely Organic, non-GMO, and Fair Trade. We just booked Pint and a Half, one of Salida's favorite music duos!
May 20th: Scott and Lynette Tieder at Our Food is Art has some serious gears churning. You probably know their gluten free bakery items sold at several locations around the community, but this is a chance for Scott to get creative and prepare something special from the Living Arts Institute kitchen which is powered by solar hot water (exclusively) and biogas (in part) made from food scraps. Oh yeah, we'll save some biogas to flare at night so you can witness nature's most elusive and beautiful colors of orange, purple, and blue: the original Eternal Flame. Peter Anderson will be releasing and reading from his new book, and there's some rumors of some other spoken word happenings. Expect some acoustic music around the camp fire into the night with Steve and Trevor Storm and friends.
May 26th: Many of you have noticed that the strip of Alamosa chain stores is interrupted by something different called Locavores. Long time potato farmers, Wendi Seger and her husband Matt have brought a trend-setting, fast food concept to freshly prepared local foods. Ah, what a contribution to a community that is a powerhouse of local food production! They have also recently launched a versatile line of gourmet sauces, dips, and accouterments called Avant Garden that will add fresh flavor to your kitchen. The menu includes gourmet salad bundles, loaded toasted flatbread with vegetarian, lamb and pulled pork options, loaded fingerling potatoes, calabacitas, and house made surprise dessert. Beer garden is planned and music is TBD.
And of course, at all of these events staff from the Local Food Coalition and Valley Roots Food Hub will be there to answer questions about 2017's CSA Fresh Box program. With the generosity of the Creede Repertory Theater, the first 5 sign ups at each event will win a pair of tickets to any of the CRP's performances all summer long! Wow!
So, we look forward to hearing from you and breaking bread with you soon!
Great Outdoors Colorado 2017
Brought their board and staff to the San Luis Valley June 14, 2017 and held a community dinner with many conservation and recreation champions as well as recent grantees. We met the new Director of GOCO Chris Castilian a Colorado native and avid cyclist. Brian Puccarella RGFP Operating Committee member, Master Paddleboarder and Director of the award winning ASU Adventure Program and SLVLFC Director Liza Marron inspired the attendees with the tale of the land acquisition that wouldn't have been possible without the generous community giving and the fortuitous relationships with the Trust for Public Land, the LOR Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Open Lands.
After a delicious dinner by Wendy Seger of Locavores and socially lubricated by SLV Brews, the group made a trek over to the RGFP to see the park in action. Several farmers were working their plots while Puccarella and Marron narrated the backstory and shared hopes for the future with a spotlight on activating the river corridor and the Inspire initiative that Alamosa partners have been working on. Board Member Linda Strand shared that this was the best site visit and she highly commends the work being done at the Rio Grande Farm Park.