Located in Western Colorado, the Valley Food Partnership (VFP) foodshed spans the productive valleys, mesas and grazing ranges of the West Elks and San Juan Mountains. With a long regional heritage of agriculture, the Valley Food Partnership seeks to keep these roots strong and deeply attached to the local economy and health of our communities. Current projects include work on a regional food hub and business incubator, the Eat Local Eat Healthy farm to restaurant program, Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, Local Farmacy Rx fruit and vegetable prescription program, support for numerous school and community gardens, Farm to School efforts, and Savor the San Juans. VFP is the fiscal sponsor for Montrose Farmers Market.
The VFP includes a diverse group of stakeholders, each of whom are dedicated to growing our local food system while improving the health of our citizens and economy. Our partners include farmers, parents, health professionals, restaurateurs, chefs, educators, non-profit organizations, and community based organizations such as the hospital, school district, recreation departments, and senior programs.
VFP’s mission is to strengthen the health of the community through strengthening the health of our regional food system – both the production and the local consumption of healthy, fresh food.
We strengthen the local food system and the well- being of the community through:
- Community Education– Providing community awareness, programs, education and involvement that improves access and affects positive behavioral changes in both consumers and producers
- Strengthening Local Food System Infrastructure– Increasing the capacity of the community food system infrastructure by developing opportunities for improving production, marketing, distribution and value added capabilities
- Policy– Acknowledging the importance of policy at all levels and by maintaining communication with policy makers on highly related food system issues
I am involved with the Valley Food Partnership because I want to see a significant change in the role that local foods play in culture, economy, land use, health and attitude of the valley community.Stu Krebs
Board of Directors
Abbie is the Executive Director for Valley Food Partnership. She also serves as the Coordinator for Growing Healthy Communities Coalition and the Health Equity Advocacy Team. Abbie began her career in local food as the Montrose Farmers Market Manager, implemented the Local Farmacy Rx program, and expanded the effort to create school garden in Montrose. During Abbie’s extensive non-profit experience she has fostered collaboration between numerous community organizations. Abbie enjoys rafting adventures, the opportunity to spend time discovering nature with her children, cooking a new recipe and especially looks forward to photographing the blooming fields of sunflowers and buzzing bees near her home in Olathe.
Favorite fruit: Apples
Favorite vegetable: White turnips
Community Partnerships Manager
Greta is the Community Partnerships Manager and Administrative Support for Valley Food Partnership. Greta is a 5th generation Native to the Western Slope of Colorado, with a large family(Gray’s) still in the Montrose area. She was raised on a ranch and has a back ground with both farming and ranching. With her ties to the community she acts as a liaison for producers in various aspects of VFP. Greta also has a back ground with bookkeeping and office management. In her spare time, Greta loves spending time with her family. She is the proud mom of two kids. Greta and her Fiance love to be outdoors hiking, biking, riding horses, Jeeping and exploring new places.
Favorite Fruit: Cherries
Favorite Vegetable: Cauliflower
Food Access Manager
Emily joined Valley Food Partnership in June 2016 as the Food Access Manager, primarily serving as the coordinator for the Local Farmacy Rx program. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, received her B.A. from the University of Iowa, and spent the last few years in Chicago before she and her fiance decided to move to Montrose. She is thoroughly enjoying the change of pace and proximity to nature. In her free time, Emily loves to cook, hike, fish, camp, run, bike, ride horses, and garden. She values time spent with family, traveling, her faith, and has an affinity for nature & animals.
Favorite fruit: Peaches
Favorite Vegetable: Green Beans
President Phoebe Benziger
Montrose County School District
Vice President Robin Lewis
Co-Treasurer Dolores Killen
Town of Olathe
Secretary Beth Anderson
Circle A Gardens
High Desert Seed and Garden
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Montrose Farmers Market
Tyler Mize , LaFamilia Gardens