Food Production and Supply
Healthy Archuleta collaborates with growers and producers to increase food production and supply through different strategies and lines of action with the aim of supporting the community with access to foods that are locally/regionally and sustainably grown in backyards, community gardens (such as Vista Lake Community Garden) and commercial and institutional settings. Backyard growers are encouraged and supported to plant an extra row of produce to share with our neighbors who visit the food pantries. Click HERE for more information. Additionally, Healthy Archuleta works on supporting community to advance ideas and actions related to increasing capacity to grow more food locally. One such example was the residents that led the design and development of a community garden at the Vista Lake Park. Growing and producing food is at the heart of our food system - To that end, community members are supported to build and sustain capacity as it relates to growing and/or producing food in Archuleta County. For information and resources related to growing food, please click HERE.
Food System Learning
Healthy Archuleta uses a food systems approach to advancing food equity. Toward that end, a community-based food system model was developed which informs the focus of the different lines of action and learning. Recognizing the importance of engaging community in learning about the food system, Healthy Archuleta is distributing an artistic rendition of the model in both Spanish and English through different settings and programming. Please connect with us if you would like to receive a copy of this poster for your facility. Additionally, Healthy Archuleta has partnered with local schools to bring this knowledge to high school students and to actively invite them to get involved in their community food system. Healthy Archuleta is also actively working with partners and community growers and producers to advance the other elements of the food system such as food waste prevention, food safety, resource recovery, and food entrepreneurship. For more information on the different elements of the food system and what Healthy Archuleta is doing to advance work on these elements, please click HERE.