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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 Events Calendar below to plan ahead for upcoming events.

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National Food Day

LOCAL! Save the Date!

Save the Date for Sunday September 25th.

You won't want to miss this great fall community outdoor family-friendly event.

LOCAL! Is a friend-raiser happening to celebrate the bounty of the SLV Harvest and to enjoy the beauty of the Rio Grande Farm Park, local live musicians and artists.

$5 to get in. That is right, $5 (with little ones 3 and under free)

We will have Local Food featured Food Trucks and booths, Wonderful Local Music to listen to, Art to enjoy and buy, beer and wine, hayrides and more…

Friend-raiser for the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, Rio Grande Farm Park, Alamosa Live Music Association and Valley Roots Food Hub.

Thank-you to our sponsors the Colorado Health Foundation and First SouthWest Bank.

Thank-you to artist Cari Canari for the beautiful poster!
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Colorado Food Systems Digital Hub Calling All Coalitions!

Hello local food system coalitions and CO Food Systems Advisory Council,

Reminder that the CO Food Systems Digital Hub is ready to launch!See the bottom of this email for info on how to sign up -- and please share this with ALL of your coalition members and partners and encourage them to sign up and join this webinar!

As many of you know, LiveWell has been working with the Community Commons www.communitycommons.org design team to create a customized Food Systems (Digital) Hub.

We are hoping this Digital Hub will be the go-to resource for food environment data, mapping, and reporting. The Hub is designed to facilitate information sharing and to help partners identify peer activities and actions being taken in food systems across the state of Colorado. It will include support for creating customized maps and reports with national and local food systems data, and tools such as "mapping the movement" of food systems activities across the state and a peer forum for connecting with one another.… -

We hope that this tool can be of assistance to you and your partners to ease access to data related to to food systems and to find your peers and connect with them. The data and reporting tools can help in developing grant applications and making policy cases.

Please join us on Monday August 15th at 2pm for the official launch of the Hub! Please share this with any partner that might be interested as well.

This tool will only be as valuable as it is used, so please encourage all members of your coalitions to join us! The more the merrier, and we rely on everyone to keep the data and content current.

Below here is information on how to join the Hub (you do have to have a member log-in, but it is super easy) and how to join the Zoom session webinar!

Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon!
-Wendy, Director of Food Systems LiveWell Colorado

To Join the Hub:
Step 1. Go to Community Commons: www.communitycommons.org/
Step 2. In the top right corner, click on Register. Then create a profile.
(If you already have a user account, you can just log in)
Step 3. Go to the "Community Commons Colorado Food Systems Hub" here:
www.communitycommons.org/groups/colorado-food-system/
Step 4. Request membership to the Hub!
Your membership should be approved and an introductory email sent to you within a day.

Colorado Food Systems Digital Hub: "It is really happening!" Webinar information:
Time: Aug 15, 2016 2:00pm (GMT-6:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://livewellcolorado.zoom.us/j/645448458
Meeting ID: 645 448 458

Zoom is LiveWell Colorado's new video conferencing service. We are excited about this transition to create a new digital space for collaboration and discussion.

Here are a few tips for first time users:
  • When you click the link below, you will be prompted to launch the Zoom application, which will be a temporary download. Please allow an additional couple minutes before the meeting starts to give you time to download the application.
  • You will be prompted to select your audio connection after launching the application. Zoom has excellent audio quality through your computer, but if you cannot connect through your computer or device, we do have a toll free audio option. LiveWell Colorado requests that if you need to use the toll free number, use the "Call Me" option when connecting audio. This means you will enter the phone number you will be using and receive a call from the meeting shortly after. This option reduces the toll-free cost to LiveWell by 50%. (If you are not connecting through the link for video, you will not have this option. You can call the toll free number below.)
Select the link above to join the meeting. Thank you!

Other options to join the meeting:
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): 14086380968,645448458#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 645 448 458

Community Receives Grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to Activate Places and Spaces AN Opportunity for Great Fun!

Collaboration of local entities receives grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to activate the Rio Grande Corridor with a soft opening on June 25th-26th.

Alamosa, CO., June 21, 2016 A generous grant from the Colorado Health Foundation will fund a new "Weekends on the Rio" program, with an expanded Sundays at Six concert schedule and outdoor activities earlier in the day such as yoga, running clinics, youth bicycle clinics and paddle boarding at Cole Park and the Rio Grande Farm Park. Additionally, funding for monthly workdays at the Rio Grande Farm Park, begins this Saturday June 25th at 9am, and will be held on the last Saturday of every month providing an opportunity for families to work on the Farm Park.

"This summer we are adding a variety of fun activities for youth and families to enjoy on the weekends, as well as year-round activities to get people outside and enjoy the Rio Grande Corridor," Julie Mordecai, director of the Rio Grande Farm Park explained. "Our team came together to try to figure out how to get people more engaged in the community and enjoy our parks year-round."…
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Team members include staff and members of the City of Alamosa, The Alamosa Live Music Association, Adams State Adventure Program, Fit Discover (Jeff Owsley), Kristi Mountain Sports, the Rio Grande Farm Park, Cairn Yoga (Jessica Chacon), Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, Walk2Connect and the San Juan Nordic Club. The resulting program is called Weekends on the Rio.

Mark your calendar for these Sundays at Six performances at Cole Park, which now will include a multitude of other activities under the auspices of Weekends on the Rio:
  • June 26th: The Vogts Sisters (Bluegrass/Folk)
  • July 10th: Western Centuries (Country)
  • July 17th: Antonio Lopez and Emily Robinson (Singer Songwriters)
  • July 24th: Black Lilies (Americana)
  • July 31st: Richmond Brothers (Country/Americana)
  • August 7th: Mariachi San Luis (Mexican Folk)
  • August 21st: SLV Big Band
  • August 28th: TBA (Big name performers focusing on all ages)
  • September 25th (noon to 5): 3rd Annual Harvest Soiree, LOCAL!, to be held at the Rio Grande Farm Park (Entry cost is $5 per person.)
Building on the wonderful Sundays at Six program that is in its 10th year, Weekends on the Rio will provide all kinds of fun outdoor activities before the concerts:
  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Afternoon Yoga with Jessica Chacon and friends from Cairn Yoga. Chacon welcomes all ages and levels. Some mats will be provided, or bare feet on the grass will work as well.
  • 4:00 pm: Running Clinics with running celebrities. There is a $5 fee for each clinic; scholarships will be available. These clinics will be great fun for the amateur as well as elite runners.
  • 6:00-7:30 pm: Bicycling Clinics for Kids. Adams State Adventure Sports and other bicyclists will provide fun and informative clinics each week at the Cole Park Pump Track and Skate Park. Bring your own bike but if you don't have one, Kristi Mountain Sports and the Colorado Health Foundation have generously helped provide some to borrow.
  • 4:00-6:30 pm.: Stand-up Paddle boarding on the Rio Grande. Learn how to kneel, stand and paddle up and down stream. A wonderful family activity (easier than it looks too!).
In the winter, families and youth will get a chance to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along the Rio Grande with free equipment rentals and instruction provided by the members of the San Juan Nordic Club. These programs will be on Saturdays. Check the club's web page for more information sjnordic.wordpress.com

An exciting year-round program called Walk2Connect will begin in August. Community leaders from all over the Valley will be invited to participate in this program. "Walk2Connect is an innovative social enterprise working to create whole-health walking programs focused on connection to others, to the places we live, and ourselves," said program founder Jonathan Stalls. He will be in Alamosa Aug. 1-3 to work with and train anyone who wishes to lead weekly walks throughout Alamosa and other communities. He will design some walks, do a keynote address, train walk leaders and take the community on some amazing walks!

There are more activities in store. The Adams State Adventure Program and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley will work with the Rio Grande Farm Park to provide three one-week Summer Adventure Camps in June 2017. This camp will be designed over the winter, and will be provided to three age groups.

Please come out and enjoy all that these programs have to offer. The Weekends on the Rio committee has great plans to make the Rio Grande Corridor full of fun and adventure! A website is being developed at WeekendsOnTheRio.com. Information also is posted on the Weekends on the Rio Facebook page. For more information, please contact Julie Mordecai at 719-580-0379 or email at Director.rgfp@gmail.com

FINI Press Release: Double Up Food Bucks Colorado a Reality

At Least 50 Partners Come Together to Make Double Up Food Bucks Colorado a Reality
Program Benefiting Low-Income Families is a Partnership Success

san luis valleyALAMOSA - June 14th 2016 - A statewide partnership led by LiveWell Colorado, Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Farmers Market Association, Cooking Matters-Colorado, and Boulder County Public Health has just been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant to launch Double Up Food Bucks Colorado.

"We believe that by coming together, we can make a bigger difference helping Coloradans overcome barriers to accessing healthy, affordable food," stated San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition lead local partner Liza Marron. Other important partners include First Southwest Bank, the Alamosa Farmers Market, the Valley Food Coop, the South Fork Farmers Market, Saguache's Fourth Street Food store and the San Luis Valley Cooking Matters Program.

The Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program expands the amount of fruits and vegetables recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) can purchase. Coloradans who receive food stamps are provided $1.41 per meal or $4.23 per day on average , which can make it challenging to purchase fruits and vegetables. With Double Up Food Bucks Colorado, SNAP recipients will receive up to $20 in Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables when they use their SNAP benefits at participating farmers markets or select retailers. SNAP benefits will be matched dollar for dollar to be put toward Colorado-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables, up to $20 per visit.

First Southwest Bank provided match funds that will enable four San Luis Valley food distribution centers to participate in the launch of the Colorado Double Up program, the first of its kind in rural Colorado. "As a certified Community Development Financial Institution, we work to address critical public needs and develop vital community resources," said CEO Kent Curtis. "First Southwest Bank has a long history of serving communities in need. We believe that Double Up Food Bucks will increase access to healthy, affordable food for the underserved in our communities as well as create additional economic opportunities for our local farmers." Read Full Press Release »»

Washington / Alamosa - SBA Press Release!

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 »»

Valley Research Study

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 »»

Harvest Soirée at Rio Grand Healthy Living Park 2015!

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

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