Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quivira Coalition announces the New Agrarian interns- one of which has just landed in the SLV to work at San Juan Ranch. 

Cooking Matters!

And now we are so happy to announce the hiring of SLV Local Foods enthusiast and former Garden Coordinator Melissa Emminger who will be coming back to the San Luis Valley with her family to take on the position of Nutrition Education Director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. Welcome Melissa!

New Creative Director

We are so happy to announce first our thanks for Elaine Patarini for her excellent contribution as the Nutrition Education Director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. She will be transitioning out of this position and into a part time position as Creative Director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition.
Congratulations Elaine!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cooking Matters/Healthy Habits Director Job Description

Job Title: Cooking Matters/Healthy Habits Director

Reports to: Executive Director


The tasks required for this position include but are not limited to those listed below. 

  • Coordinate and implement a minimum of 14 signature cooking courses, complying with CMC National gold standards, and maintaining an 85% graduation rate with no less than 25% being programing targeting Kids and Teens.
  • Reach 75 low-income participants in Cooking Matters at the Store/Farmers Market with farmers market as the priority for the Local Foods Coalition.
  • Recruit, train and maintain a large enough volunteer pool to fill each course with qualified volunteer chef and volunteer nutrition educators
  • Recruit, verify, train and maintain enough community partners to offer at least 14 CMC courses to individuals and families living at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Line.
  • Participate in nutrition, health or food events to promote Cooking Matters and its message.
  • Offer programming in Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, Saguache, & Mineral counties.
  • Participate in required Cooking Matters local and national trainings
  • Participate in required Cooking Matters local and national reporting
  • Manage the Healthy Habits program, including the MOKI demonstrations at the Valley Farmer’s Market and at other locations, the 1-2 MOKI farmer’s market staff, and other nutrition/cooking education programming developed for use with the MOKI.
  • Perform all job-related duties requested by the Local Foods Coalition Director, including assisting with funding applications to secure additional grants for nutrition education programming.

  • Ability to organize and relate to groups of people from varied backgrounds.
  • Evidence of personal initiative and resourcefulness with the ability to set own direction.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and community partners to mobilize resources and develop the necessary relationships to meet program requirements.
  • Knowledge of nutrition and cooking, as well as local community agencies.  Knowledge of local languages and culture is a plus.
  • Physical stamina.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.
Qualification Requirements:

  • Passion for nutrition and cooking education, as well as the role it plays in the lives of low-income populations.
  • B.A./B.S. in public health, nursing, health education, nutrition, dietetics, education OR equivalent education and experience.
  • Experience and knowledge working with low-income parents and families.
  • Basic knowledge in the preparation of nutritional foods.
  • Must be willing to attend program activities even in the evening and/or on weekends
  • Must be willing to attend meetings and trainings as required, which can be located within the San Luis Valley, the state of Colorado, and out of state.

  • Range $30,000 - $35,000
To Apply:Submit resume and cover letter to   by Sunday April 14th at midnight.


SLV Local Foods Coalition is an equal employment opportunity employer and strives to comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful and all persons involved in the operations of the SLV LFC are prohibited from engaging in this type of conduct.