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~ NEWS & EVENTS 2015 ~

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Coalition News and Events 2015

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

SLV Food Day Celebration - October 24th, 2015

Join us at the Valley Roots Food Hub in Mosca on Saturday October 24th from 9am-11am. There will be a Delicious Local Foods Breakfast with a "Meet Your Meat" Sustainable Meat Production Panel Discussion featuring Sherry Haugen, Trudi Kretsinger, and Kyle Grote. What a powerhouse! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children with childcare on site! Sign up at We look forward to seeing you there! View Event Info »»   View Event Poster »»

SLV Local Foods Coalition Farm & Food Tour - September 20th, 2015

This Car-Pooling/Caravan Tour Event by the LFC will meet at the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park at 9am on Sunday. This exciting Farm and Food Tour is open to the first 30 Registrants and includes an eventful day in the Valley! Scheduled visits include farms, food hub, workshop, and the sand dunes pool & greenhouse. Event tickets will be discounted for Harvest Soirée attendees and will help support the Local Foods Coalition efforts. View Event Info »»

Harvest Soirée at Rio Grand Healthy Living Park - September 19th, 2015

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

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Grange Future Talks by Severine Fleming - September 14th, 2015

Come join us for a gathering day with Severine Von Tscharner, the founder of the Greenhorns and Grange Future. Severine's visit will entail discussions about issues of young farmers, land access, the Grange Future and much more! LFC will provide lunch at Saguache Bridge Building and potluck dinner will be held in Alamosa at the VandeWalle's ranch. View Event Info »»

Washington / Alamosa - SBA Press Release - August 6th, 2015

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 SBA Press Release »»

VRFH Local Food Tastings Event - May 26-30th, 2015

Join the Valley Roots Food Hub for a week long event of Local Food Tastings featuring local foods by local people, this will be a delicious event to attend! View Event Info »»

Valley Roots Food Hub works to build, operate, and sustain a local food system that increases the demand for and accessibility of fresh, healthy food. We believe highly regenerative agricultural and socio-economic practices can fulfill human needs while leaving behind a legacy of biologically productive soils, sufficient water, and healthy communities of plants, animals, and people.

VEGI Garden Spring Kick-off Party - May 5th, 2015

Share the Work, Share the Harvest! Come join us for a fun time at Boyd Garden on Saturday from 4:30-7:30pm. The VEGI Spring Kick-off event will feature community participation work time in the garden, Garden Tours, and fun kids activities. There will be a potluck meal and conversation. Invite your neighbors! View Event Poster »»

RGHLPRGHLP 2nd Community Process Meeting - May 4th, 2015

The Rio Grande Healthy Living Park and the Trust for Public Land will be holding a community meeting at Adams State University to discuss and present program elements for the park. Come vote and be part of these discussions to let us know your thoughts for the park! This is an important opportunity for the community to continue input to share ideas for the future of the park. We look forward to seeing you there! View Meeting Info »»

Greenhouse Tour with Friend Darr - April 25th, 2015

Join us at Friend Darr's Sea of S.A.G.E. homestead in Alamosa on Saturday for an informative Greenhouse Tour. Discussions and demonstration topics will cover greenhouse growing, solar greenhousing, and greenhouse design & construction. This is a great opportunity to learn how to construct a Greenhouse! Lunch will be served, please RSVP to Darr in advance.
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La Puente's Hunger Education Week - April 12-17th, 2015

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. Please join the Local Foods Coalition walk team to show our support of this great cause. Also featuring other activities such as Store Tour, Photovoice Exibit and a Sustainability Presentation at Adams State University. View Event Poster »»

Seed to SeedSeed to Seed Library Kickoff Event - February 20th, 2015

Join us at Adams State University in the Nielsen Library for seed to seed kickoff event featuring Ribbon Cutting, Community Seed Exchanges, and Documentary Film - "Seeds of Time". This Kickoff event will lead into more seed related events and activities including presentations, tours, lectures, workshops, garden gatherings, and more! View Event Info »»
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SLV Seed Exchange - February 15th, 2015

Come join us Sunday from 10am-3pm at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs for the annual SLV Seed Exchange event. Bring your labeled packaged seeds to share and donate at this community seed exchange gathering and connect with fellow gardeners to discuss all things seed! There will be seed related information tables, food, and free admission. View Event Info »»

SLV Young Farmer and Rancher Gathering - February 11th, 2015

Monte Vista Co-op will be hosting a gathering for Farmers and Ranchers to discuss the needs of next generation growers in the Valley. This networking event will be an opportunity to voice your thoughts and learn about emerging young farmer chapters from the National Young Farmer Coalition. Sponsored chapter Rocky Mountain Farmers Bureau will be present to promote the growth of agriculture through farmer advocacy, collaboration, and education. All ages welcome, lights snacks will be provided. View Event Info »»

Farm to School Kickoff Event - February 7th, 2015

Join us at the Boys & Girls Club in Alamosa to support our schools for a healthier Colorado! We will discuss the Colorado Farm to School Bill, have fun activities, and provide snacks. All are welcome, we appreciate friends and farmers to spread the word about this important meetup. View Event Poster »»

SLV Soil Health Conference - February 2nd, 2015

Striving for a Resilient Future! Join us for a day of informative talks at Adams State University on Soil Health. The primary objective of the San Luis Valley Soil Health Conference is to provide an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to exchange ideas, while learning from some of the nation's leaders on soil health and agroecology. Various beneficial soil health topics will be covered from growth to harvest and more! Early registrant sign up will receive lunch and parking pass. View Event Info »»

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