Monday, December 7, 2015

Visit Valley Roots Food Hub CSA ➙ Valley Roots Food Hub CSA “Local Food, Local People” Building the Local Food Economy is here and now. The CSA Online Market is NOW OPEN! Greetings Fellow Eaters of South Central Colorado, The Valley Roots Food Hub is a regional aggregator and distributor of local foods. We build relationships in our communities by serving producers, grocers, restaurants, and institutions with the most fresh, and highest quality local foods from your friends and neighbors. Now we are excited to be offering our 1st Winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fresh Box and CSA Online Market to you! The Winter CSA Fresh Box is both a membership into the CSA Program, and TWO winter distributions of Colorado storage crops and greenhouse production. The online CSA Market is a cutting-edge, informative, and effective way to shop for the freshest and best local foods right from the source. Here's how it works: Sign Up: Interested folks can register for an account here: Become a Member: Select the 2015/16 Winter CSA for $100 under Memberships (near the end of the catalog). This is the Winter CSA Distribution Box which includes the Shareholder Dues which will allows you to use the CSA Market. The Winter CSA Share includes all the local, FRESH foods from our region that can be procured at this time of year. You can look forward to: Squash (1+ varieties) Onions (1+ varieties) Garlic (1+ varieties) Potatoes (3+ varieties) Carrots Mushrooms (2+ varieties) Quinoa Honey Greenhouse head lettuce (1+ varieties) Basil Kale This list is an example only, the final list may change depending availability and market conditions, but will come out to the $100 value. Like the spirit of a traditional CSA, half the excitment is in the element of surprise. Shop: Once you have selected the Winter CSA, you can shop for all the other items in the Market, such as meats, grocery items, eggs, and dairy. These items are charged separately from the Winter CSA Box of FRESH items. Just click on each item to add them to your shopping cart. Meats are on a per pound basis and are all unique so just make your selections and we will adjust the poundage and pricing before we send it out. Payment: Payments are made via credit card at checkout. Your card won't be charged until about a week after placing the order. SNAP EBT payments will be available soon. Delivery: The 2015/16 Winter Fresh Box will be composed of TWO Boxes on TWO different delivery days. One on December 18, 2015 and the other on January 16th, 2016. The other items you purchase from the CSA Market will also come on those days. If there is enough demand we will likely contiunue CSA Market deliveries every month. The pick up locations will be the same as for the summer CSA: Alamosa, Local Food Coalition Office by 12 pm Crestone, Chokecherry Farm by 2pm Saguache, 4th St Food Store, by 3pm Salida, 5th and D St by 5 pm. Deadlines: Your Winter CSA is due as soon as possible (so we can plan) and the CSA Market items will be due the Tuesday 4 pm before that Friday's delivery. Questions? or 719-588-8245 In blue skies, cold temps, and local food! Nick and the Valley Roots Food Hub Crew CSA Harvest Blog: CSA Online Market Registration: For customer service please reply to this email or call 719-588-8245 Local Orbit Logo Powered by Local Orbit Copyright 2015. All Rights Reserved Click here to Unsubscribe

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Join us at the Valley Roots Food Hub in Mosca on Saturday October 24th 9am to 11am. Delicious Local Foods Breakfast Panel Discussion Featuring Sherry Haugen Trudi Kretsinger Kyle Grote What a powerhouse! Only $10 and $5 for children with childcare on site! Sign up at

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Valley Roots Food Hub is hiring in warehousing, driving, commercial kitchen operations, and construction. An ideal candidate will have three or more of these skills alongside humor, optimism, detail oriented, and hard work. High reward, low pay, excellent food. 20-30 hrs/week to start. Food production entrepreneurs also welcomed to apply. Send "Send a resume and cover letter to by midnight September 9th.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Release Date: August 6, 2015 Contact: Liza Marron 719-539-5606 U.S. SBA: Miguel Ayala (202) 450-0148 SBA Boosts Economic Impact of Accelerators with $4.4 Million in Prizes San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition Brings SBA Accelerator Prize Home WASHINGTON/ALAMOSA – 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. Accelerators serve entrepreneurs in a broad set of industries and sectors – from manufacturing and tech start-ups, to farming and biotech – with many focused on creating a diverse and inclusive small business community. “SBA is continuing to make advances in supporting unique organizations that help the start-up community grow, become commercially viable, and have a real and sustained economic impact,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “Through the wide-spread outreach of this competition, we are able to reach entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country. My commitment is to make our resources available to 21st century entrepreneurs where they are, and these accelerators, also known as incubators and innovation hubs, are the gathering place for today’s innovators and disruptors.” 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. “The LFC is proud to say that it has created five full-time and four part-time well-paying jobs and is slated for five more in the coming years as well as incubating business entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector,” stated LFC Director Liza Marron. “We are thrilled to be chosen for this prestigious National Award that recognizes the LFC as a business incubator in the San Luis Valley.” Applications were judged by more than 40 experts with entrepreneurial, investment, startup, economic development, capital formation and academic backgrounds from both the public and private sector. The first panel of judges reviewed over 400 applications and presentations and established a pool of 180 highly qualified finalists. The second panel evaluated the finalists’ presentations and pitch videos and selected the 80 winners. Each organization will receive a cash prize of $50,000 from the SBA. In accepting these funds, the accelerators will also be committing to quarterly reporting for one year. They will be required to report metrics such as jobs created, funds raised, startups launched and corporate sponsors obtained. This will allow the SBA to continue building upon its database of accelerators and their impact, and to develop long-term relationships with the startups and constituents in these innovative and entrepreneurial communities. The purpose of the competition was to draw attention and funding to parts of the country where there are gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. While there are entrepreneurial activities occurring nationwide, some are better supported by private sector ecosystems than others. SBA has created connective tissue amongst the nearly 130 winning entrepreneurial ecosystems now part of the Growth Accelerator Fund. We will continue to explore ways to creatively harness this powerful network and connect startups to each other and Federal government resources. We reported to Congress a baseline of 2014’s fifty winners – made up of about 1,500 companies that have raised $600 million and employ nearly 5,000 people – and with the Class of 2015 the number of entrepreneurs we touch grows significantly. Additionally, SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) used the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition’s framework to award an additional $400,000 to ecosystems primarily dedicated to Native American entrepreneurs and small businesses. Criteria used for these eight $50,000 prizes were determined by the ONAA, which also managed and judged these eight selections. The SBA discussed the Growth Accelerator program and other SBA programs at the White House Demo Day on Tuesday. Watch and check out for more details. #SBA Accelerates on Twitter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Local Foods Open House at our New Office December 12th 4-6

Hi Friends,
We would love for you to join us at our first annual open house Friday December 12th from 4pm to 6pm. We will have music and delicious snacks... Come visit!
412 State Avenue in Alamosa

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bittersweet Announcement

It is with bittersweet feelings that I announce that our dear colleague Julie Gallegos will be moving on to a wonderful job opportunity in her field of planning and higher education - we wish her the best. We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating her five year tenure with the LFC at 11:30 at MaWa's on Thursday May 15th. You may bring a momento to put in a send off basket for her.