Monday, December 31, 2012
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Learn How to Grow Microgreens!
Join us Saturday, November 10th
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
at the Alamosa Community Greenhouse
to use in salads, sandwiches and smoothies!
Friday, October 26, 2012
Valley celebrates National Food Day
Posted: Thursday, Oct 25th, 20
VALLEY — Eaters across the Valley celebrated National Food Day on Wednesday thanks to collaboration between local farmers, school food service directors and the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC).
Brothers Brendon and Sheldon Rockey, Rockey Farm, and Amy Kunugi, general manager of Nature Fresh Organics, both of Center, donated fingerling potatoes and organic carrots to nine school districts participating in the movement toward a healthier, more affordable and sustainable food system in the United States. SLCLFC volunteers delivered the two tons of tubers and roots to each district’s kitchen where food service directors had to clean, cut, chop, season and cook the spuds to make the special meal possible.
“The students and staff loved the fresh valley grown produce,” said Sandra Mueller, head of Del Norte School District’s nutrition operation. “After talking to students, teachers and administrators, we will definitely be serving both items again. What a great way for our students to experience farm to school produce.”
Rocky Mountain SER Head Start nutrition coordinator Carol Keith agreed, “What a beautiful donation to our children. We will use the carrots and potatoes in our RMSER Head Starts in Alamosa, Conejos and
The SLVLFC made sure each student new where the food was coming from. The group created Know Your Farmer posters that were hung on the lunch line while the fresh vegetables were being served.
Sangre de Cristo fifth grade substitute Lynne Thompson sat with students during lunch and reported, “It was unanimous the potatoes were the bomb. Many liked the plain carrots, but really loved the carrot cake.”
Joni Bilderbeck, Alamosa Food Service director, has been working with Nature Fresh for several years and was excited to get the yellow gourmet fingerlings from Rockey Farms. It takes her and her crew approximately a half-ton of potatoes and carrots to feed the district’s students.
“They loved the potatoes and carrots,” she said.
Food service directors Sarah Hurtado, Centennial School District; Bernice Archuleta, Sierra Grande School District; Tami Tims and Gloria Gutierrez, Monte Vista School District; and Cindy Archuleta, Mountain Valley School District all participated in the Farm to School event.
Local farmers making it possible
Kunugi is very proud of Nature Fresh and its sister farm, Southern Colorado Farms, both of which she manages just north of Center.
“We are growing vegetables in the middle of potato country while practicing sustainable agriculture,” she said.
To Kunugi, this means maintaining the land and the health of the labor force.
“We are constantly trying to improve the land and quality of life for people working the land so it will be here for future generations,” she said.
She added that she is willing to donate organic carrots to the schools like she has been for several years because she believes children should be eating lots of nutrient-dense foods.
“I see a potential for Farm to School,” Kunugi said. “It is not that the farmer can’t supply the schools; it is the piece in the middle – distribution. Then the vegetables need to be washed and cut up. In Alamosa they still cook, but not all schools are able to.”
She said she believes fresh food is better. It is healthier, contains more of its nutrients and it tastes better, which is the key. Fruits and vegetables that land in the school trash don’t add much nutrition to the students’ health.
At Rockey Farm, they decided to give up the ‘cides (fungicide, herbicide, pesticide) in favor of creating a balanced soil health. As a result, costs and water usage have gone down and the quality of the products has gone up.
Innovation is in the Rockey family. Floyd and Vera Rockey bought land in 1938 and were known for farming and their chickens, eggs, milk and cream deliveries. Their son, Warren Rockey, earned a degree in agronomy at CSU and did a tour of
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association is proud to host the first gathering of acequia farmers in Colorado. The Congreso will take place in San Luis, Colorado on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st, with a welcome reception the evening of Friday, October 19th. See http://www.sangreacequias.org/congreso.html for more information
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Sunday August 26th- Pressure Canning with Marianna Young 2-5pm in Monte Vista Church of the Nazarene just west of Safeway. $10 fee covers class materials, a donation to the church and a jar of veggies to take home. RSVP to Liza Marron at 587-1034 by August 24th.
Saturday, September 8th- Cold Frame Building Workshop with Friend Darr at 2 pm at the Boyd Garden in Alamosa. $6 fee.
Thursday, September 20th- Fermenting Food with Elaine Patarini at 7pm in Center Center School Cafeteria - $5 fee.
Saturday, October 13th- Goat Cheese Making with Laura Archuleta at 10am followed by a potluck lunch at Mountain Valley School in Saguache. $8 fee. RSVP to Liza Marron at 587-1034 by October 11th.
Wednesday, October 24th- International Food Day Celebration- Details to be announced!!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
There will also be a silent auction, filled with wonderful goods and services offered by your friends and neighbors. All proceeds go directly to the Community Gardens, and will help support numerous projects and programs aimed at teaching youth, families and the community about gardening and nutrition. Call for directions 589-4567.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
We are in need of garden mentors who can assist families with the gardening process. All we ask is that the mentor assists the family around planting time, and check on them a few times throughout the summer. We also ask that they are available to the family if a problem does arise. The mentor doesn't need to be an expert gardener by any means! And we are always there to support the mentors and the families.
Ideally, the mentor can attend the workshop day, which will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 10-12. This is a great time for the mentor to meet the family and share contact information. If for some reason the mentor cannot make it at all, we can work something out.
Please let us know if this is something you or someone you know might be interested in! It's a great way to support your community, and share wisdom you've gained over the years!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
and 2:00 on Main Street in Alamosa (during the Alamosa ArtWalk) for samples
of great local and regional foods! Free samples of locally and regionally grown treats will be offered
at Carlucci’s, SLV Brewing Company, Milagros Coffehouse, Firedworks Gallery, Wild Roses
and Treasure Alley and will be prepared by KW Farms, Rio Culebra
Cooperative, SLV Brewery, Milagros, Mary Sue’s Morsels, the Alamosa
Community Gardens and Cooking Matters. See you there!