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The mission of Mountain Roots Food Project is to cultivate a resilient food system in the Gunnison Valley by enhancing healthy connections between food, earth, and community. We foster knowledge, teach skills, and provide opportunities that ensure access to affordable, nutritious food that is regionally based and sustainably produced.


The programs and activities of Mountain Roots promote the holistic role that food plays in creating a healthy society on both a community and individual level, including:  building community; developing capacity; enhancing individual, community and environmental health; supporting cultural integration and educational growth; fostering social justice; raising awareness and illustrating the community benefits of the growing, harvesting, preparation and serving of food. In pursuing these activities, Mountain Roots will impact on the public’s understanding of the value of sustainable agriculture, community food systems, and their part in sustaining community.

Mountain Roots is a community-driven grass roots food systems initiative that started in 2010 under fiscal sponsorship of our community foundation. Our first  2,100 sq.ft. Urban Garden produced 600+ pounds of food that was donated to local food pantries, schools, and offered as work-trade for volunteers. We launched our Farm-to-School effort for the 2010-11 school year with local food lunches at one K-12 school, the building of two youth gardens, and a pilot summer camp program.


We were awarded 501(c)3 status in April 2012. We have grown rapidly in response to enthusiastic support from our community, built strong partnerships, and are considered the leading local food /sustainable agriculture initiative in Gunnison County. We now manage seven community gardens throughout Gunnison County, run a district-wide Farm to School program serving 1800 Pre-K through college youth, and this year launched our Access & Outreach program with a Community Food Security Assessment and pilot projects.

Who we are:     a growing group of men, women, children, students, parents, teachers, administrators, business people, ranchers, gardeners, athletes, and community members  of all ages

committed to improving food in our schools, creating food security, teaching life skills, and building awareness and availability of locally produced, nutritious foods through stronger school, family,  farm, and food connections.

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ANNUAL REPORT 2014








Our Mountain Roots Annual Report 2014 is now available for viewing or download. Thank you, donors and sponsors, for your support of a successful year.

 

MOUNTAIN ROOTS

FARM TO SCHOOL         GARDENS        CSA        FOOD SECURITY: ACCESS & OUTREACH