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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 Social Media postings below to plan ahead for upcoming events!

An Invitation to Celebrate the San Luis Valley harvest!

Join Us for the Local! Harvest Festival 2020, August 30th at the Rio Grande Farm Park!
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The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition is so excited to host Local! 2020, a community celebration inspired by the bounty of the agricultural harvest. This event will be 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. With live music, food trucks, demonstrations, and samples, we know this event will be special. We welcome folks of all ages! In an effort to make our event accessible, we are Not Charging an entrance fee. We hope you will join us in showing appreciation for the land and the farmers who grow our food with great wisdom and care.

This festival will be a COVID Safe event with various options for attending including drive through, walk / bike or home viewing via live streaming. Learn more about event attend info via registration page. RSVP for Local! »»

Learn more about the SLV Local Foods Coalition and Programs!

If you are interested in learning more about the SLV Local Foods Coalition and our programs, we welcome you to join our E-News Mailing Lists. You will receive a bi-weekly newsletter containing information about upcoming events and opportunities for all of our programs. You may join our mail lists by selecting the "Join Our E-News" above.
We look forward to sharing our news with you!

LFC seeking Request for Proposals for the Rio Grand Farm Park Center Build!

The Local Foods Coalition seeks Construction Manager/General Contractor to build the Rio Grande Farm Park Environmental/Agricultural Education Center. LFC is looking for a business with ideas for reducing carbon footprint as we create this Center. Please find the Request for Proposals Here »» Deadline for submission is August 24th, 2020.

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 »»

Colorado Proud School Meal Day (SLV)

Three schools from the San Luis Valley are featured in This Video for their efforts on Colorado Proud School Meal Day. Ortega Middle School, Sangre de Cristo school District, and South Conejos School District.
View Article written by Abe Rosenberg sharing this experience »»

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Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) Events

RGFP Bikes & Bites ArticleStay in the loop on the wide variety of work days and events.
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The Rio Grande Farm Park commissions public artworks to be installed along the Rio Grande corridor.
View Press Release - Alamosa News, Sept. 30th, 2017 »»

Bikes and Bites - August 30th, 2017
Take a tour by bike of your local community gardens around Alamosa! A family-friendly, fun-filled event to celebrate 4 growing spaces around town featuring local treats along the way to taste and try! The Tour will begin at the Rio Grande Farm Park, with bike decorating at 4:30pm and the tour commencing at 5:00 at the Farm Park. The tour will continue on to Adams State Campus Garden, the Alamosa Community Greenhouse, and Boyd Community Garden. Each garden will feature a locally-made dish, resulting in a progressive dinner for all to share! Bring your helmets and your hats for this unique garden by bike experience happening at the end of this month- tell your friends! View Larger Press Article »»   View Event Poster »»

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 »»

San Luis Valley's Farm to School Task Force hosts Harvest of the Month Events alongside Food Service Directors - January 2018

Creede School ArticleIn July of 2017, the LFC and several important partners received a USDA Farm to School Support Services grant to "grease the wheels" in making healthful SLV produce more accessible and feasible for Valley schools and pre-schools to procure. Since the onset of the grant the Task Force has worked with all 14 district Food Service Directors (FSD) in the San Luis Valley to begin overcoming barriers, including changes at the VRFH to lightly process vegetables, creating a Monday delivery route for schools, training FSDs in procurement through the hub's online portal, and working with FSDs to host engaging harvest of the month events in school cafeterias.

The Farm to School Task Force is made up of the Local Foods Coalition, Cooking Matters, the Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI), and the Integrated Nutrition Education Program (INEP).

View larger press release »» of our January event in Creede, and check out the Farm to School tab in our Projects section for other press releases.

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.

RMFU Chapter Meet & Square Dance - April 7th, 2018

Attendees enjoyed a community Square Dance at the SLV Farmers Union chapter meeting and potluck dinner April 7th, 2018 held in Alamosa at The Barn at La Mananilla. View Event Poster »»

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Wild Seed Workshop & Walkabout - February 3rd, 2018

Community event on February 3rd, 2018 featured a Walkabout at Pikes Stockade park identifying plants and seed collecting. Donations helped fund the Wild Seed Workshop in March in support of Veterans Fields! View Event Info »»

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