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
Community Garden Guru
Eva is our token hippy. Every staff has to have one. She keeps our offices happy and healthy with her biting wit, healthy food habits, knowledge of gardening, and creative ideas for community engagement. When post-industrial capitalism gets us all down, Eva is there to piece us back together. Eva is a graduate of the University of Santa Cruz’s Agro-ecology and sustainable food systems program. She is currently serving in the VFP offices and gardens as an Americorp Member through the Healthy Futures Program hosted by Mountain Roots Food Project, Gunnison CO.
Favorite fruit: Figs
Favorite vegetable: Artichokes
Health Equity Coordinator
Abbie serves as the Coordinator for the 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
Board of Directors
President Cathy Romaniello
Vice President Beth Anderson
Treasurer – Vacant Position
Secretary – Vacant Position
Betsy Austin – Circle A Gardens
Tyler Mize – La Familia Gardens
Jami English – Honey Acre Farm
Carol Parker – Chairperson, Western CO Food and Farm Forum