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MOUNTAIN ROOTS

FARM TO SCHOOL         GARDENS        COMMUNITY FARM         CSA        FOOD SECURITY 

Simply providing occasional fresh food is not enough to create lasting changes in the health of our children, area farms, our community, local economy, and the environment.  We use and teach life skills to reconnect people with their food and the  land to build food security for people of all ages in all economic groups. We  create and support programs which connect classroom studies with hands-on experiences, offering dynamic, life-long education which fosters sustainable living and makes teaching and  learning come alive.

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OCTOBER 1-31

National Farm to School Month


Oct 8

National Walk / Bike to School Day ...kids who walk or bike today will get a fresh, organic apples form Mountain Roots!



Sundays in September | noon

Garden Tours

[Elk Avenue Garden]

Join our gardeners for a 30 minute tour and discussion about the many features and plants growing in our cold-climate, small-space, high-yield organic garden.

Thursday Sept 4  | 5-7 pm

[Bill’s Park at 14th & Georgia]

Gunnison Gardeners Harvest Party  a potluck dinner party to celebrate a great growing season!


Saturday Sept 6  | 9am -1 pm

Gunnison Farmer’s Market

visit our booth for sustainable gifts and program info


Sunday Sept 7  | 3 pm

Sustainable Living Short Course:  "Climate Extenders: Making Our Short Growing Season Last”  with Robert Johnson


CB Farmers Market  | 10-2

visit our booth for sustainable gifts and program info


Thurs Sept 11  | 5-7 pm

Back to School Nights at CBCS

Visit our table to learn more about Farm to School, healthy school lunches, environmental ed, school gardens, and how to become an active volunteer.


Friday Sept 19  | TBD

Headwaters Conference (WSCU)  Garden Tours

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Sept 26-28

CB Film Festival

Check out GMO OMG and other great films!  Find screening times & locations >




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Your Local Food Systems Initiative

Our volunteers are the heart of Mountain Roots. Here people of all ages and background come together to give back to the community, share the camaraderie of like-minded folks, learn new skills, practice what you know, celebrate the seasons, and have a lot of fun! 

Some folks come one time only, others are weekly ‘regulars,’ and still others are on call for special projects like events planning or shed building. Our volunteers receive an abundance of fresh, local, organic food during the growing season.

EDUCATION & CULTURE


Mountain Roots recognizes that the transition to a resilient and sustainable community requires a series of small, realistic steps. Family economics and personal goals, municipal agendas and priorities, federal economics, environmental changes, and many other factors influence how fast or how far participants can go in the transition. Each small decision can make a difference and contribute to advancing the entire system further.


We increase individual and community resilience working across five focus areas:

Food Culture & Education, Food Production, Food Security, Food Economy, and Food Policy.  


We strengthen ties among community members, schools, farmers, and local governments.


We listen to and amplify community voice, understand local issues, and develop on-the-ground projects where residents can actively design solutions to tackle several issues simultaneously: community development, conservation, education, health, economics, hunger/poverty, and sustainable agriculture.

Mountain Roots always has positions for volunteer leaders and interns.  Our paid positions are very limited - each program is run by a part-time program coordinator, and handful of dedicated part-time staff, and many, many volunteers. 

We have two annual positions for Americorps VISTA members.  Every spring we hire up to four environmental educators and up to four garden coordinators to manage our urban gardens.    Please read descriptions thoroughly and we welcome you to contact us about any of the upcoming openings.    

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Mountain Roots is a rapidly growing organization and it’s because of the energy, passion, vision, and funding from our people and partners that we are able to make lasting change in our community.

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Your support makes our work possible.  When you make a donation to Mountain Roots, you know that you’re helping to build food security for nearly 15,000 Valley residents. You’re helping improve school meals for 2,000 kids, and helping to build a network of gardens across the Valley that provide food for the people. We triple the value of every dollar with in-kind donations  and over 5,000 volunteer hours. 

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