Related Programs & Links
Mesa Verde Country Guide to Local Sustainable Food & Fiber
The “Mesa Verde Guide” is a listing of producers in our region who are willing to sell directly to consumers or to local food stores, restaurants, and other local institutions. Each producer’s listing gives where and when their products are available, their contact information, and a description of what is unique and sustainable about their products and they way they were produced.
2011 Food Trends
2011 will be the year of the local according to nation’s chefs. Read the article here.
Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado
2010 Building Farmers Program
2010 La Plata County Building Farmers program (part of the Colorado Building Farmers program). The Colorado Building Farmers program builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers (0 - 10 yrs exp). The course is a series of 8 evening classes designed to help New Farmers explore farming as a business and provide Intermediate and Experienced Farmers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business management, production, and marketing skills.
Healthy, Local Community Food Systems Tool Booklet
We have posted a “Tool Booklet” and set of associated on-line “Toolbox Resources” on the Healthy Community Food Systems website. This is work under the HLLP Year-Round Healthy Local Food project.
You can find these tools by clicking on “Food Systems Tools” on the HCFS site:
The Garden Project Southwest School Resource Guidebook
In 2008, The Garden Project started a school garden resource guide to provide area schools with tips and guidelines to starting a school garden, lesson plans, sample budgets, theme gardens and other helpful hints for school garden coordinators and teachers. The resource guide, also identifies ways to incorporate existing curriculum standards into the garden. A teacher/ garden coordinator was held in the spring of 2010 to release the guidebook as well as connect schools in the county with other garden resources.
Good Magazine takes a look at the cost of food
Thanks to industrial, processed food, Americans have been spending less and less on what we eat. But those savings come with a high cost: obesity, diabetes, and big health care bills. Here’s a look at how our diet has changed over the last 50 years, and what we can do to make it better.