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~ NEWS & EVENTS 2013 ~

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Coalition News and Events 2013

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

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 »»

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

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

Harvest Moon SoireeSave the Date! Join 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 Saturday 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 - August 25th, 2013

Join us for a canning workshop on Sunday 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 »»

Symphony of the Soil Gathering - July 25th, 2013

There will be a showing of Symphony of the Soil, a beautiful documentary film about the miraculous substance soil, on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30pm at Milagros Coffeehouse in Alamosa. If you miss this free showing, you can watch or purchase it via their website. View Symphony of the Soil »»

Symphony of the SoilDrawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. View Event Info »»

11th Annual Southwest Marketing Network Conference (SMNC) - 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 »»   Registration Info »»

Alamosa Artwalk - June 21st-22nd, 2013

Alamosa ArtwalkJoin us this Friday & Saturday in downtown Alamosa to see local Artists and experience a yummy artwalk! The Local Foods Coalition will be hosting the MoKi (the mobile kitchen) on Main Street. We will be cooking up local foods and offering samples as well as promoting local producers and the farmers market. If you would like us to prepare a product from your farm OR if you would like to promote your business by preparing and sampling something yourself for a couple of hours on one of those days, please let us know! You can email us at We look forward to seeing there!

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 »»

Hunger Education Week - April 7-12th, 2013

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. Registration starts at 2pm at the Senior Center at Cole Park and the walk starts at 3pm. We would LOVE to have a Local Foods Coalition team to walk and show them our support. Anyone interested in joining our LFC team to walk email us at call us, Facebook us, or just come on by and visit us.

La Puente's Hunger Education Week will include a documentary film, a container gardening workshop, a shared meal, and much more! And be sure to join us at the SLV Water Conservancy's Conference Room for our final event for Hunger Education Week: Welcome to the Table! This will be an interactive meal addressing hunger in the U.S. and celebrating food.
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Seed to SeedFree Organic Gardening Course - February 23rd, 2013

Paul Niebal will be holding a FREE 3-Part Beginners Organic Gardening Course for 3 Saturdays from 10am-2pm at Trinidad Junior State College. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to learn about Home Garden Production! Paul's vast experience in gardening in the valley and high altitude issues will lend to very informative sessions including soil, design, planting, growth, care and more. View Gardening Course Info »»

Seed Exchange Event - February 16th, 2013

Seed to SeedSeed security creates food security. The 3rd Annual San Luis Valley Seed Exchange taking place on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in the Joyful Journey Hot Springs Conference Center from 10am until 3pm. All are welcome. Admission is free. The SLV Seed Exchange is where our regional community comes together to share seeds and knowledge. There will be information tables about beekeeping, local foods, and ORMUS alchemical salts. Local restaurants and chefs will provide food and beverages. Joyful Journey's 42ft geodesic grow-dome will be open for tours and event participants will receive a discounted soak in the mineral springs.

Gardeners and seed savers are welcome to bring their saved seed or un-used, un-opened packages of commercial seed to share. If bringing home-saved seeds, please have them cleaned, packaged and labeled before you arrive. The SLV Seed Exchange donates all proceeds to non-profit organizations that are committed to sustainability and education. If you are interested in bringing seeds and participating, please call 719-655-2011 to arrange a free table space.

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.

Conversation with Carole Counihan - January 12th, 2013

While writing her book, "A Tortilla is Like Life", anthropologist Carole Counihan collected food-centered life histories from nineteen Hispanic women who had long-standing roots in the upper Rio Grande region. Join us for a conversation with Ms. Counihan about beliefs and behaviors surrounding food production, distribution, preparation, and consumption in the Southern San Luis Valley. Meet Carole at the Conejos County Library in La Jara on Saturday at 10am. Refreshments and activities for children will also be provided. The author will have books available for signing! View Event Info »»

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