Coalition News and Events 2017
We are pleased to share past news and events about our Coalition Efforts and Community happenings!
Colorado Gives Day - December 5th, 2017
Nourish the Roots on Colorado Gives Day!
As you reflect on what you are thankful for this season, please consider participating in Colorado Gives Day on December 5th. All Coloradans are encouraged to join this statewide movement by supporting their favorite causes online through ColoradoGives.org. You can find the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition page at ColoradoGives.org/SLVLFC »».
While one can donate any day of the year via Colorado Gives, the Colorado Gives Day incentivizes collective giving during this 24-hour period by boosting the value of every dollar given through a million dollar incentive fund. You can even schedule a donation or reminder NOW to take place on December 5th - just follow the link above. We are a grassroots organization and look to our grassroots donors as our great hope! In Gratitude - from the SLVLFC staff and board.
LFC Coalition Meeting October 24th, 2017 - Celebrating NATIONAL FOOD DAY
Join us in this nationwide celebration during our monthly coalition meeting with community members featuring Potluck and Round Table with Farmer Speakers. The SLV Local Foods Coalition is reviving its community coalition meetings quarterly around the SLV starting in Alamosa with a potluck celebration of Food Day - come share a meal and hear from the Mestas duo of I Choose Organics Family Farm and our beloved Nitschka ter Kuile - local goat cheese artisan. View Meeting Poster »»
Local Foods, Local Places Workshop - September 18-19th, 2017
You are invited to share your ideas for how local foods can support a healthier and stronger Alamosa and region. This is a workshop to bring people together to create an action plan for Alamosa through several local food and community planning strategies. Event sessions include evening of Sept. 18th and full day on Sept. 19th. at the Alamosa City Hall Council Chambers.
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LOCAL! Harvest Festival - September 9th, 2017
The 5th annual LOCAL! Harvest Festival held at the Rio Grande Farm Park served as a celebration of local food, local art, and local music. Additions to the 2017 event included the relocated Alamosa Farmer's Market at the Rio Grande Farm Park. The event also included Farm Park Tours, several local Food Trucks and Restaurants, a Pumpkin Patch, Educational Demonstrations around food preservation, seed saving, fermentation, making lip balms, salves, and using essential oils, as well as several local musicians and artists! View Event Poster »»
Bikes & Bites Garden Tour - 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!
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Veteran Fields at Valleybound in Antonito - August 26th, 2017
Free Local Foods Dinner for Veterans and their families & friends followed by presentations from local veterans Alfonzo Abeyta, Maury Grimm, and Reyes García. After the presentations, we will do a walking tour of the new community gardens in the downtown area of Antonito, Colorado, that will be maintained in part by veterans and will help to serve veterans in the community with healthy, local food. Come and join us at Cafe del Valle on August 26th at 5pm for a free dinner and learn about how we are working to help connect veterans to agricultural, entrepreneurial, and health resources in the San Luis Valley. View Event Poster »»
First Southwest Community Fund Receives Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Grant, to Create a Revolving Loan Fund - August 2nd, 2017
Driven to create tangible economic opportunities and support the entrepreneurial spirit in our rural communities, First Southwest Community Fund is thrilled to have been awarded additional funding to further their work. Read Press Release »»
First Southwest Community Fund Launches The New Pioneers Microloan Program - August 2nd, 2017
Driven to support the entrepreneurial spirit in our rural communities, First Southwest Community Fund is thrilled to have been awarded new funding which they are allocating to a new microloan program in Pagosa Springs and the San Luis Valley. Read Press Release »»
Weekends on the Rio Summer Fun - June 25th, 2017
Come play at the park! Rio Grande Farm Park offers summer fun for everyone with a variety of fun activities and concerts happening every weekend June 25th through August 27th. Invite your friends for days of fun and be sure to join us for the Local Harvest Fest in September for our end of the summer bash! View Event Poster »»
Great Outdoors Colorado Event - June 14th, 2017
Brought their board and staff to the San Luis Valley June 14, 2017 and held a community dinner with many conservation and recreation champions as well as recent grantees. We met the new Director of GOCO Chris Castilian a Colorado native and avid cyclist. Brian Puccarella RGFP Operating Committee member, Master Paddleboarder and Director of the award winning ASU Adventure Program and SLVLFC Director Liza Marron inspired the attendees with the tale of the land acquisition that wouldn't have been possible without the generous community giving and the fortuitous relationships with the Trust for Public Land, the LOR Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Open Lands.
After a delicious dinner by Wendy Seger of Locavores and socially lubricated by SLV Brews, the group made a trek over to the RGFP to see the park in action. Several farmers were working their plots while Puccarella and Marron narrated the backstory and shared hopes for the future with a spotlight on activating the river corridor and the Inspire initiative that Alamosa partners have been working on. Board Member Linda Strand shared that this was the best site visit and she highly commends the work being done at the Rio Grande Farm Park. Read More about this collaborative effort »»
CSA Kickoff Events - A Celebration of Local Agriculture! - May19th, 20th & 26th, 2017
Your chickens are still on the ground, your lettuce is growing in the greenhouse sun, your potatoes are still in storage, and your asparagus is considering poking its verdant spears through the soil surface. Over the next week these local foods will be harvested, procured, and delivered to our region's top local food chefs and venues for our annual Farm to Table CSA events.
May 19th: Kristopher Sackett WIlliams and Julie Kimbrough at Seasons Cafe in Salida are busy opening their new location right on the banks of the mighty Arkansas River. They have got some tricks up their sleeve for sure and you want to find out what they are while enjoying Salida's most powerful restaurant location at the hands of this game-changer duo and their loyal staff! To have such dedicated local food restauranteurs landing such a location will be a monumental event in the history of the Central Colorado local food system. Just watch, dine, and partake in this welcomed anomaly of fiercely-local and almost completely Organic, non-GMO, and Fair Trade. We just booked Pint and a Half, one of Salida's favorite music duos!
May 20th: Scott and Lynette Tieder at Our Food is Art has some serious gears churning. You probably know their gluten free bakery items sold at several locations around the community, but this is a chance for Scott to get creative and prepare something special from the Living Arts Institute kitchen which is powered by solar hot water (exclusively) and biogas (in part) made from food scraps. Oh yeah, we'll save some biogas to flare at night so you can witness nature's most elusive and beautiful colors of orange, purple, and blue: the original Eternal Flame. Peter Anderson will be releasing and reading from his new book, and there's some rumors of some other spoken word happenings. Expect some acoustic music around the camp fire into the night with Steve and Trevor Storm and friends.
May 26th: Many of you have noticed that the strip of Alamosa chain stores is interrupted by something different called Locavores. Long time potato farmers, Wendi Seger and her husband Matt have brought a trend-setting, fast food concept to freshly prepared local foods. Ah, what a contribution to a community that is a powerhouse of local food production! They have also recently launched a versatile line of gourmet sauces, dips, and accouterments called Avant Garden that will add fresh flavor to your kitchen. The menu includes gourmet salad bundles, loaded toasted flatbread with vegetarian, lamb and pulled pork options, loaded fingerling potatoes, calabacitas, and house made surprise dessert. Beer garden is planned and music is TBD.
And of course, at all of these events staff from the Local Food Coalition and Valley Roots Food Hub will be there to answer questions about 2017's CSA Fresh Box program. With the generosity of the Creede Repertory Theater, the first 5 sign ups at each event will win a pair of tickets to any of the CRP's performances all summer long! Wow!
We look forward to hearing from you and breaking bread with you soon! View CSA Events Poster »»
Caminos del Valle - Mothers Day Weekend Walking Program Kick-Off - May12-14th, 2017
Join Our Meetup participate in various Nature Walk events over Mother's Day Weekend. Also includes leader and walk training sessions. Caminos del Valle provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to walk together for whole-health outcomes. Walks are led by trained walking companions to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable excursion while benefiting from connecting with others. All ages welcome, RSVP is needed for some events.
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Vision Course & Scaling-Up Workshop - Valley Roots Food Hub - April 8-9th, 2017
This 2 day learning event will be offered to Farmers & Ranchers and SLV Producers. The Vision Course is for farmers and ranchers who are exploring the possibility of starting or expanding an agricultural business. Participants undergo an in depth exploration of their own vision and the core competencies and resources needed to launch' This course examines current trends, resources, case studies, and stories from experienced farmers while digging into a framework to begin strategic business planning. The Scaling-Up Workshop is for beginning and existing fruit, vegetable, and field crop producers who are selling or considering selling to wholesale accounts such as food hubs, grocery chains and institutions. Topics will include an orientation to new federal food safety standards, elements of successful wholesale market entry, selling opportunities and an expert producer panel. View Vision Course Info »» View Scaling-Up Workshop Info »»
View Press Release for 2018 Program »»
Organic Gardening Presentation - March 4th, 2017
Join us for a day of informative topics covering the organic gardening program presented by Gardener ExtraOrdinaire, Paul Niebel. Presentation will include all necessary considerations for making your Organic Gardening efforts a success!
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Saguache County Seed Exchange - February 19th, 2017
Come join us for the annual SLV Seed Exchange at Joyful Journey Hot Springs. This community event will host an encouraging environment to learn about seeds, growing, and exchanging with other Gardeners. Please bring your labeled seeds for exchange, share or donation for preserving future agriculture into the ASU Seed Library. Seeds are a hopeful thing and along with soil are the foundation of life on earth! All proceeds will be donated to benefit Mountain Valley School's Community Garden. View Event Info »»