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SLV Foods Gets $245k of Good News

On Friday, Dec. 6, the San Luis Valley (SLV) received an early Christmas present from Washington D.C. as Senator Michael Bennet, announced that the SLV Local Foods Coalition and Bytable will receive $245,963 in funding to further grow its Local Foods Local Places project. Locally, many know the name and face of this successful program as Liza Marron, the Coalition’s Executive Director. Congratulations to you and your team, Liza!

Liza Marron, growing vegetables and successful programs in the San Luis Valley. Photo: Colorado Health Foundation.

“We are thrilled to hear we have received this support from USDA. This funding will be a true force-multiplier for rural food access in the San Luis Valley by helping strengthen three existing farmers markets in Alamosa, Monte Vista and South Fork, two of which have previously been run by volunteers. This funding will also help us establish a new farm stand at the Rio Grande Farm Park,” said Marron.

The #goodnews funding was secured through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. Many residents living in Saguache Today benefit from this program which will be ever-more important as other food supplemental programs like SNAP – sit on the chopping block in budgetary committees back east.  

“Colorado is fortunate to have many organizations focused on increasing access to local and regional food systems, including San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and Bytable,” said Sen. Bennet who is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry,

“I strongly supported increasing funding in the 2018 Farm Bill for these innovative efforts, and I’m pleased to see these grants go to work here in Colorado.”

The SLV Local Foods Coalition will receive $245,963 in funding to further grow its Local Foods Local Places project, including expanding its farmers market network and education efforts to raise consumer awareness. Bytable, based in Colorado Springs, will receive $437,951 in funding to promote an understanding of regional and local food systems and provide consumers with easy and affordable access to sustainably- and regeneratively-produced food products.

From the fields to the tables San Luis Valley farmers and ranchers are an intricate part of the landscape and local economy. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grants are a part of a $50 million USDA annual investment through the 2018 Farm Bill to develop and expand local and regional food markets, enterprises, and producer-to-consumer marketing. 

 “The Bytable team and our partners are incredibly excited and humbled to be awarded a Local Food Promotion Program grant for over $430,000 from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to be used over the next three years. Our mission to create a regionally-focused food system that supports growth for sustainable and regenerative food producers, particularly in meat, will be greatly accelerated by this funding,” said Jacy Rittmer, Chief Executive Officer of Bytable. 

Latest News – July 8

Foods Coalition Director Next Chamber Speaker

Next Tuesday, July 11 the popular Saguache Chamber Speaker Program continues with Liza Marron, Executive Director, SLV Local Foods Coalition.


Liza Marron, Executive Director, SLV Local Foods Coalition

Marron is the founding director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, and is a well-known Saguache resident and activist, having been involved with many community organizations and activities over the years. The SLV Local Foods Coalition was formally established in 2011 with the following mission statement, “Foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem.”

One of the mottos found on their website at www.slvlocalfoods.org says “Real Foods, Local Farms, Eat SLV”. Come and learn more about this wonderful non-profit and the many activities and projects that are underway. The SLV Local Foods Coalition is bringing opportunities to all SLV residents through its emphasis on local growers, healthy and organic foods, and distribution of healthy food to those in need.

lfcheaderThe Speaker Program is at 6 p.m. in the Saguache County Road & Bridge Community Room at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache, The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.