The Valley Roots Food Hub is a grassroots organization established in 2014 that works to build, operate, and sustain a local food system that increases the demand for and accessibility of fresh, healthy food. We believe highly regenerative agricultural and socio-economic practices can fulfill human needs while leaving behind a legacy of biologically-productive soils, sufficient water, and healthy communities of plants animals and people. This vision-mission is accomplished by multi-cultural inclusion and access, living wages for family farmers, the health of the entire ecosystem, and social justice.
In the San Luis Valley (SLV), the mighty Rio Grande River is the lifeblood for one of Colorado’s most important farming areas. At high elevation with little rain, we raise beef, lamb and bison, and grow potatoes, leafy greens and root vegetables very well.
Much work has paved the way for the Valley Roots Food Hub to come to fruition. In 2015 the group crystalized into the VRFH Operating Committee, made up of experienced community leaders who represent small business, farmers, economic development, education, social justice and community organizing. The Operating Committee hired winning candidate Nick Chambers as General Manager in February. Chambers brings a wealth of experience as a small farmer and a salesman for a food distribution business. Nick’s vision for the Valley Roots Food Hub is a closed loop business that is powered by the used vegetable oils that come out of the kitchen its serves, the abundant sunshine of our valley, and the organic byproducts inherent in a food enterprise.
The VRFH opened its doors in May by offering six local-food-tastings across the region. The nascent enterprise was met with much enthusiasm by farmers, consumers, restaurants and retail outlets. A Beetcoin loan would be extremely significant to us as we are in the earliest stages of our launch. The VRFH currently has 17 CSA shares, 4-8 weekly wholesale customers, and approximately $5000 in weekly sales.