Rio Grande Farm Park

Rio Grande Farm Park Local Food Economics ~ Healthy Living ~ Tourism ~ Conservation ~ Sustainability http://riograndefarmpark.org/ We are a growing network of people and organizations coming together to design, fund, develop and manage a community park that fosters local food production and sales, healthy living practices and local arts and culture.
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Nestled in Alamosa, Colorado, the Rio Grande Farm Park holds at its core Preservation and Creation: the preservation of the San Luis Valley’s agricultural heritage, precious water resource, and open public spaces, the creation of economic development, healthy living practices, and educational opportunities. This ground-breaking project is being developed under the umbrella organization San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. Learn more about the SLV Local Foods Coalition at: www.slvlocalfoods.org Visit us! We are located at the East entrance of Alamosa in South-Central Colorado on HWY 17 just north of HWY 160. We have monthly workdays at the Park the last Saturday of every month (weather permitting).

Operating as usual

Squash season 🎃 Open until 7
09/10/2020

Squash season 🎃 Open until 7

09/08/2020

Farm Stand closed today due to weather. We hope to be back open for business on Thursday.

Today’s Selection!! The Farm Stand will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.
09/03/2020

Today’s Selection!! The Farm Stand will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.

09/01/2020

We are seeking volunteer tree waterers! If you would like to commit ~3 -4 hours on a biweekly basis to watering our lovely little trees, please email [email protected]. 🌳🌲🌿

Farm Stand open from 3 to 7 tonight! Even after a successful LOCAL event yesterday, our fields are full of produce ready...
08/31/2020

Farm Stand open from 3 to 7 tonight! Even after a successful LOCAL event yesterday, our fields are full of produce ready for you to pick up 🍅🌶

Created by the wonderful CaRi Conari
08/26/2020

Created by the wonderful CaRi Conari

What a great morning to be outside. Thank you to our volunteers for helping out today!
08/22/2020

What a great morning to be outside. Thank you to our volunteers for helping out today!

Today’s Produce!
08/20/2020

Today’s Produce!

How are farming and climate change related to each other? Listen to today's NPR Short Wave podcast to get a quick lesson...
08/18/2020
Farming Releases Carbon From The Earth's Soil Into The Air. Can We Put It Back? : Short Wave

How are farming and climate change related to each other? Listen to today's NPR Short Wave podcast to get a quick lesson on regenerative agriculture and carbon sequestration.

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/17/903184905/farming-releases-carbon-from-the-earths-soil-into-the-air-can-we-put-it-back

Traditional farming depletes the soil and releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But decades ago, a scientist named Rattan Lal helped start a movement based on the idea that carbon could be put back into the soil — a practice known today as "regenerative agriculture." NPR food and agricultur...

Available at the stand today! Stop by before 7 for some fresh local finds.
08/17/2020

Available at the stand today! Stop by before 7 for some fresh local finds.

The Farm Stand is open for business 3-7 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for fresh produce. Come support the farmers ...
08/17/2020

The Farm Stand is open for business 3-7 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for fresh produce. Come support the farmers and tell all your friends about it! For now, we are only accepting cash.

We're open until 7! Today we're featuring CaRi Conari's herbs and tea, along with veggies, peaches, and quinoa from Jesu...
08/06/2020

We're open until 7! Today we're featuring CaRi Conari's herbs and tea, along with veggies, peaches, and quinoa from Jesus, Antonio, and Francisco. It doesn't get much fresher than this! #farmfresh #local

Our farm stand is open for a second day of sales 🥳 We're only taking cash for now, and are enforcing mask-wearing and so...
08/04/2020

Our farm stand is open for a second day of sales 🥳 We're only taking cash for now, and are enforcing mask-wearing and social distancing. Come on over for some of the freshest produce around.

Stop by the farm stand tonight: cucumbers, zucchini, calabacitas, snap peas, beets, lettuce, herbs, onions, beans, garli...
08/03/2020

Stop by the farm stand tonight: cucumbers, zucchini, calabacitas, snap peas, beets, lettuce, herbs, onions, beans, garlic, and more! We're open until 7 PM.

Please wear a mask, and we can only accept cash for the time being until we can figure out card and SNAP processing. 🥬🥒🧄🧅

Today is opening day!!! By purchasing fresh veggies from the Farm Stand, you are supporting local growers, your health, ...
08/03/2020

Today is opening day!!! By purchasing fresh veggies from the Farm Stand, you are supporting local growers, your health, AND the environment -- a trifecta! Come check it out. We are located at the Rio Grande Farm Park.

The Farm Stand Grand Opening is Monday, can you believe it??  Stop by between 3-7 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays...
07/30/2020

The Farm Stand Grand Opening is Monday, can you believe it?? Stop by between 3-7 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays to support our farmers. Produce doesn't get fresher than this. 🤩🥕

07/28/2020
Practical Farmers of Iowa

Our friends from Main Street Project hosted a virtual field day last week with Practical Farmers of Iowa to share their experience with poultry-centered regenerative agriculture. We hope to bring a similar model to the Rio Grande Farm Park!

What a wonderfully muddy day to be outside and enjoy each other's company. Being outside remains one of the safest ways ...
07/26/2020

What a wonderfully muddy day to be outside and enjoy each other's company. Being outside remains one of the safest ways to connect with people right now, and we are so lucky to have fields and fields of opportunity for this at the Farm Park! Thank you to our volunteers who came out to weed our beet & carrot patch yesterday.

Also shout-out to our AmeriCorps VISTA, Meg, who experienced her last official workday with us! Her service year will be ending soon, and we are so grateful for all you've done for the Farm Park. ❤️

Photos from Rio Grande Farm Park's post
07/22/2020

Photos from Rio Grande Farm Park's post

07/22/2020

Our crowdfunder is complete! THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, shared, or supported our efforts.

We have so much gratitude for everyone who has invested in this project. Thanks to the 122 donors who contributed during these last four weeks, 50 donors from Julie's retirement fundraiser, the Gates Family Foundation, the San Luis Valley Conservation & Connection Initiative, and two wonderful matching donors, we have secured enough funding to build a greenhouse!

Special shoutout to Adam Mordecai for offering $10,000 to help match donations, and Janet Mordecai for funding the remainder of the project.

#LetsGrow #SLVLocalFoods #RioGrandeFarmPark #GreensForAll

Something exciting is coming to the Rio Grande Farm Park....Monday through Friday from 3-7 PM...can you guess what it is...
07/17/2020

Something exciting is coming to the Rio Grande Farm Park....Monday through Friday from 3-7 PM...can you guess what it is?

PS: Thank you to our AWESOME interns, Brayan and Mara, AmeriCorps, Meg and Ally, MVS volunteer, Erin, staff, Jesus and Amber, and farmers, Cari, Antonio, and Francisco, and Tom for helping us get the spot ready for this project. We have such a wonderful team and community!

07/16/2020
Julie Mordecai on our greenhouse campaign

A familiar face, our former director Julie Mordecai is still an active supporter of the community efforts at the Rio Grande Farm Park. She was there throughout the community planning process, when the idea of a commercial greenhouse came to be.

Be a part of the rising tide of this community effort! Donate today, and not only does your impact go five times as far, but you'll get exclusive access to never-before-released Farm Park media content. Riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build

07/15/2020
RGFP Manager, Jesus Flores, on our greenhouse campaign

Jesus Flores is a new addition to our staff, but he has been a part of the Farm Park family for years. His dedicated leadership and land-management skills have helped kick the growing season off to an amazing start in 2020.

He looks forward to incorporating an aquaponic greenhouse into the Farm Park's programs. In this video he explains how important this greenhouse will be for the community. He understands the importance of providing food to the community, and sees the opportunity to grow food for others and extend the growing season as immensely valuable.

You can be a part of this community effort, and have your impact multiplied five times over by donating: riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build

Kids are our future and they depend on us to give them the best chance at a healthy life. Schools that participate in Fa...
07/14/2020

Kids are our future and they depend on us to give them the best chance at a healthy life. Schools that participate in Farm to School programs have seen improvement in students' food choices as well as overall academic achievement. The Rio Grande Farm Park will be able to supply year-round produce to schools when we get this greenhouse up and running.

We spoke with food service directors at school districts throughout the San Luis Valley and got an overwhelmingly positive response from them on our greenhouse project. Having seen and tasted the lettuce that came from the now-closed Brightwater Farm greenhouse, these food service directors know that aquaponic lettuce looks and tastes amazing! Even the kids love it.

Hyper-local produce like this means that students get the freshest, best tasting, and most nutritious meals possible.

Help improve the quality of local students' lunches, and donate today: riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build

The Rio Grande Farm Park was created for the people by the people. Since the beginning, we have been focused on fosterin...
07/14/2020
Greenhouse Build – Rio Grande Farm Park

The Rio Grande Farm Park was created for the people by the people. Since the beginning, we have been focused on fostering a healthy living space for all community members. We have been passionate about community input at every step of the way, and as we have grown, we have learned the best ways we can support the people of Alamosa.

The greenhouse will be a milestone for all of our work, providing produce to families, kids, and throughout communities in the San Luis Valley. For the final week of our campaign, we will be highlighting why this greenhouse will be beneficial for our community.

Thanks to our generous donors, for your $1 donation, $5 will go towards building a greenhouse. This is the final week of our campaign: riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build

We are HALFWAY to our goal!! Can you help us cross the finish line? Make an investment today in the future of your Farm ...
07/10/2020

We are HALFWAY to our goal!! Can you help us cross the finish line? Make an investment today in the future of your Farm Park.

Visit our website to donate: riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build

07/09/2020
The Futuristic Farms That Will Feed the World | Freethink | Future of Food

"How do we produce a lot more on the land we're already using, and do it using a lot fewer resources?"

The Netherlands has become the number two country for food-exporting thanks to innovative greenhouse-growing practices. They produce 80x more food with 4x LESS water because they have perfected the art of growing in greenhouses.

Innovation in growing techniques will bring reliability to foodsheds in a changing world. Help us secure this greenhouse to provide for the future by donating to our fundraiser: riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build

How efficient farming in the Netherlands is producing 20 times more food with 1/4 the water and the most sustainable agriculture systems in the world. It's t...

Let's talk about aquaponics.If you're not familiar, it's a method of growing plants right out of water. By incorporating...
07/08/2020
Aquaponics to Feed the World, Protect the Planet |The Aquaponic Source

Let's talk about aquaponics.

If you're not familiar, it's a method of growing plants right out of water. By incorporating fish into the system, you eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers. This clean growing method uses strategic inputs: a closed-loop system means that less water is used to grow crops, there's no need for petroleum-based inputs, and the small amount of electricity needed to run the system can be easily sourced from solar panels.

This short article from the Aquaponics Source company website lays out these benefits and more. Choosing this system is a win-win when it comes to bringing about innovation in our food system.

Help bring us one step closer and donate today! riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build

I Choose Family Farm grows in a Ceres greenhouse with an aquaponic system right here in Alamosa. Owner Jason Mestas was ...
07/07/2020
Greenhouse Build – Rio Grande Farm Park

I Choose Family Farm grows in a Ceres greenhouse with an aquaponic system right here in Alamosa. Owner Jason Mestas was kind enough to give us a tour this last winter. He attests to the high quality of the structure. We're thrilled to see such a promising example of what we want to do, and are excited to see what the structure will be like.

This local farm is an incredible example of the possibilities of providing for local folks' needs all year round. Mestas sells their greens through Cid's Market in Taos during the wintertime and at the Alamosa Farmer's Market.

There is an immense market for greens like this throughout and beyond the San Luis Valley, and the more we can produce, the more we can bring to the people.

Donate today: riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build/

What a beautiful day to play at the Farm Park! We are part of a wonderful coalition called San Luis Valley Generation Wi...
07/06/2020

What a beautiful day to play at the Farm Park! We are part of a wonderful coalition called San Luis Valley Generation Wild working to get more people outside. Share a photo using #SLVGenWild to win some awesome prizes this summer!

Come see the Rio Grande Farm Park's playground and take a thrilling ride on the 40-ft zipline. Stroll gently and carefully through the rows of veggies to see how food is grown, but be careful not to step on the crops. Admire the acequia ditches that farmers used to irrigate crops before the drip irrigation lines were installed. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a meal in the shade. The Rio Grande Farm Park has fun for everyone!

Make sure to tag us in photos using #SLVGenWild if you visit the RGFP this week, or on any other adventures you choose to do! We will announce our second prize winner this Friday!

07/06/2020
Building an Energy Efficient Year Round Greenhouse

Building greenhouses has been in our community-driven master plan since the beginning. When choosing which type to build, we considered passive heating as well as aquaponics systems to ensure our greenhouse was a good fit for our unique environment.

The greenhouse design we chose is from the Colorado-company Ceres. These incredibly durable four-season greenhouses provide an excellent opportunity for year-round producers, even in places with frigid winters like the SLV. There just happens to be a neighborhood example of it, as well!

This week we'll share with you why we've chosen this greenhouse for our site. We think you'll see why we love the design so much and hope it inspires you to donate to the campaign: riograndefarmpark.org/greenhouse-build/

Today we wanted to offer some gratitude to our incredible supporters who have donated so far to help us build our greenh...
07/03/2020

Today we wanted to offer some gratitude to our incredible supporters who have donated so far to help us build our greenhouse or have shared our efforts to help spread the word. We are so grateful for this community!

Can you help grow our greenhouse? With your investment, we will soon construct a greenhouse at the Park to fill a commun...
07/02/2020
Show your support!

Can you help grow our greenhouse? With your investment, we will soon construct a greenhouse at the Park to fill a community need and desire to have fresh, locally-grown food available year-round. Please SHARE this post to help spread the word!

Donate today: https://bit.ly/3cqEmPD

Address

6935 State Highway 17
Alamosa, CO
81101

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 19:00
Thursday 07:00 - 19:00
Friday 07:00 - 19:00
Saturday 07:00 - 19:00
Sunday 07:00 - 19:00

Telephone

+17199372319

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https://riograndefarmpark.org/ We are a growing network of people and organizations coming together to design, fund, develop and manage a community park that fosters local food production and sales, healthy living practices and local arts and culture. Nestled in Alamosa, Colorado, the Rio Grande Farm Park holds at its core Preservation and Creation: the preservation of the San Luis Valley’s agricultural heritage, precious water resource, and open public spaces, the creation of economic development, healthy living practices, and educational opportunities. This ground-breaking project is being developed under the umbrella organization San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. Learn more about the SLV Local Foods Coalition at: www.slvlocalfoods.org Visit us! We are located at the East entrance of Alamosa in South-Central Colorado on HWY 17 just north of HWY 160. We have monthly workdays at the Park the last Saturday of every month (weather permitting). We always make sure to send out updates if that date is different. Keep an eye out!

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Thanks to everyone who turned out for yoga at the park today! What a pleasure it was to teach today to such a GREAT crowd! Have a wonderful week! Om Shanti!