San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
"Foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem."
LFC Coalition Meeting - January 24th, 2019
We are very happy to be coming through with our promise to bring our Coalition meetings around the San Luis Valley. This January we will partner with Cactus Hill Farm to come to La Jara at the Conejos County Nursing Services from 6-8 pm on Thursday January 24th for a potluck and meeting.
We want to hear from you! Bring ideas, thoughts, solutions and local challenges to share and discuss.
Hear from local producers and agricultural experts enjoy a potluck and discuss local agricultural issues.
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Valley Roots Food Hub is Hiring!
The Valley Roots Food Hub is bulging at the seams! This is great news.
We are excited to add passionate hard working members to our team. We have open positions for an Operations Manager, a Driver & Warehouse Manager and a Retail Store & CSA Manager. View Job Descriptions on our Employment page »»
2019 UCCS Grain School Workshops & Forum Events by University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Grain School is a one-of-a-kind annual event that brings together educators, health professionals, scientists, farmers, bakers, millers, brewers, distillers, chefs, food citizens, students and community leaders. UCCS's tiered approach to teaching and learning as both a university and community course, provides an expansive platform for lively and inspirational exchange.
Grain School Workshops. For 2019 we expand our curriculum and hands-on workshops and further explore production systems and grain at the confluence of water, soil, climate, and people to create health, community and prosperity. We also focus in on indigenous grains, grain literacy in schools, economics and infrastructure needs, the roles of women and beginning farmers in grain production, the artisanship of working with grain in food, and the establishment of a regional Grain Chain organization!
View Workshop Schedule »» Register for Jan 18-20th, 2019 Worshops »» View Workshop Flyer »»
Grain School Public Forum, a free event open to the community.
We invite you to open your mind regarding grain at the confluence of diversity, inclusion, and sustainability with an evening program that kicks off with Grain School 2019 loaves, brews, and spirits in celebration of Grain Schools' artisans!
The purpose of the Public Forum is to reach out to the Front Range community to share the celebration of heritage grains and mobilize momentum in re-establishing heritage and ancient grains in the Rocky Mountain West. The public forum is filled with surprises! With keynotes, artisan panels, and experts from across the US, the Forum sparks interest through tasting the deliciousness of freshly baked sourdough heritage grain breads, pizzas, brews, and spirits. During the talks, our graduate students serve little samplers of Grain School's creative dishes in concert with topics highlighted in the forum!
View Forum Event Schedule »» Register for Jan 19th, 2019 Forum »» View Forum Flyer »»
Liza Marron recognized for the 2018 Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award!
Last week, the Foundation recognized Liza Marron for the 2018 Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award at the Colorado Health Symposium. This annual award program seeks to recognize Coloradans who are finding innovative and effective strategies to overcoming community health barriers across the state.
A true champion for social justice, Liza has relentlessly shined a light on community health issues by raising the voices of those left in the shadows. Throughout her career, Liza has fought to bring health in reach for more Coloradans by working to develop programs and policies that advance food access and security, especially for migrant workers. Of her many successes, Liza has also worked on a mentoring program for asset-challenged youth, that inspired her to become a licensed foster care home, specializing in hard-to-place youth.
Today, as the founding director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC), she is helping to foster an equitable food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. Key programs and projects underway at SLVLFC include the Valley Roots Food Hub aggregation and distribution enterprise complete with commercial kitchen for value-added production; the Rio Grande Farm Park, a farmer incubator and recreation park; Cooking Matters program that teaches families to cook healthy on a budget; and the San Luis Valley Farm-to-School Task Force.
The award program is named after the late Dr. Virgilio Licona, who passed in 2016. Dr. Licona worked to improve the health of Coloradans most in need, focusing his expertise as a physician in rural health care delivery and migrant health. A nationally recognized advocate for social justice, he brought a critical voice to some of the most important conversations and decisions related to how we can bring health in reach for all Coloradans. Learn more about the award program and Liza's work to enrich healthy minds, bodies and communities.
Read more about the Community Health Leadership Award at the Valley Courier.
Interested in getting more involved with Double Up Food Bucks?
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.
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.
For more information, please review the additional PDF page »»
Tierra Vida Farm - High Production Micro Farm Presentation 2018
Daniel Fullmer shares his insightful presentation using raised beds and compost in the Desert Southwest with emphasis on practices of minimal to no tillage, composting, cover cropping, rotational grazing, intercropping, and transplanting.
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UCCS Grain School Workshops
Join us for the annual Grain School Workshops on January 18-20th, 2019 at the University of Colorado Springs.
This annual event brings the community and students together for workshops focusing on everything grain related from history to heritage, biology to genetics and much more!
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UCCS Grain School Forum
Join us for the Grain School Public Forum on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at the University of Colorado Springs.
This free event is open to the community and features a packed full evening program of grain related matters featuring keynote speakers, artisan panels, experts across the U.S. and much more!
View Forum Event Schedule & Register »»
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