is a partnership of non-profits and service agencies
dedicated to implementing sustainable local food programs
that reach all incomes, ages and cultures.
After coming together in 2004, Growing Partners secured funding from the USDA’s Community Food Project Competitive Grants Program to initiate and lead the La Plata County Food Assessment, the first official community food assessment project to be done in the state of Colorado.
The food assessment identified the current needs and resources of the local food system, developed a community-based definition to address and improve community food security in La Plata County and proposed a series of diverse food projects to address the issues identified.
In May of 2009, Growing Partners received a second Community Food Project Competitive Grant to work on the food projects developed as part of the food assessment process and evolved into a much larger, more diverse partnership.
The 2009-2012 Growing Partners Community Food Project (CFP) involves collaboration of over 20 non-profits and service agencies, all working to implement sustainable local food projects that address food security for underserved* populations in La Plata County.
* Who is ‘underserved’ in the La Plata County food system? The La Plata County Food Assessment identified 6 demographic profile groups to have the least overall access to healthy, local, affordable, culturally-appropriate and sustainably produced foods in La Plata County: school-aged children, teens, seniors, Native Americans, Latinos and low-income families.
Goals of the 09-12 Community Food Project
1. To improve access by underserved populations to high quality, local, culturally-appropriate, and affordable foods;
2. To empower underserved populations to grow their own food and improve their nutrition; and
3. To ensure long-term food security for underserved populations through direct involvement in food production, networking, training, planning, and policy work.
Healthy Community Food Systems
The Garden Project
Turtle Lake Refuge
Southern Ute Community Action Program
La Boca Center for Sustainability
Southwest Marketing Network
Fort Lewis College, Environmental Center
Colorado State University Extension, La Plata County
Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline
Manna Soup Kitchen
The Unity Project
El Centro de Muchos Colores
9-R School District
Ignacio School District
Healthy Lifestyle La Plata
San Juan Basin Health Department
La Plata County Senior Center
Durango Farmers Market
Healthy, Local Food Newsletter: see Healthy Lifestyles website for latest issue.
SUCAP c/o Katy Pepinsky, Project Manager
PO Box 800
Ignacio, CO 81137
Phone: (970) 375-7705
This project is made possible by The Community Food Project Competitive Grants Program of the United States Department of Agriculture & the incredible dedication and hard work of numerous individuals and partner agencies.