published: January 2019

Crestone/Baca Resiliency works on a community food action plan

by Ginny Ducale

The Crestone/Baca Resiliency Food Group, like all the other CBR teams, has been working to create a resilient and supportive food system in Crestone.  We have been working together for under 2 years now and it is far from complete.  Though many members have come and gone from the group, there is still a core team of dedicated people.

My desire as a food team member is to feel that Crestone is potentially abundant and that if crisis ever does happen upon us (God forbid), we will hit the ground running and work together to grow, save and share the produce that we have and what the San Luis Valley Food Hub can supply us with at reasonable prices, knowing what we need to store and put away.

I have taken some time to write up a Plan of Action for the community to consider and follow as well as we can.

One thing I feel we should have is an Action Plan that will slowly fulfill itself as these days and years pass.   I am presenting a possible action plan for the community to consider.

Action Plan for the Food Team

• Locate gardens and greenhouses in the area to find loopholes.

• Work with property owners who have or want food gardens, helping, or supplying labor or amendments when necessary, employing stewards in an educational as well as service mode.

• Continue to find land for a community garden whether it be private land or given land. Worked by volunteers who desire to grow in a group environment, do not have land. Surplus goes to community.

• Find land for orchards. Purchase fruit trees to plant in the person’s yard who is willing to care for and harvest them, sharing 2/3 of the harvest with community.

• Find land for a greenhouse or two, for teaching and growing for community (and for possible sale of food). Either on private land or shared land.

• Purchase fencing for all gardens.

• Hold a greenhouse-building workshop for the community to build their own greenhouses.

• Collect machinery like rototillers, chippers, cutters, and hand tools through donations and purchases.

• Build soil on a community basis, using compost, manure, straw, alfalfa, etc.; teach layering methods, soil building recipes, for food production, with donations of needed tools and materials.

• Initiate or find worm and mushroom farms.

• Utilize and train stewards for assisting and learning through the “Skill-share Bank” or at school, etc. Develop a mentoring program.

• Work with Food Bank, Caring and Sharing, and Feel Free Ministry to share food in an emergency.   

• Create a community seed bank, with donations from other seed savers.                  

• Work with food preservers who can share their skills (canning, drying, baking and fermenting).

• Find a kitchen for working with the preservation of food.                      

• Find storage areas to collect and save all preserved, dried, canned food, like a storage vault.                       

• Write a quarterly update article for the Eagle. 

• Create a school of gardening, possibly through the Colorado College.  (Bob Pedersen)

• Grow a grain crop.

• Support CSAs with stewarding and volunteering.

Work with the San Luis Valley Food Coalition, while converting trucks from gasoline to alternative fuels for emergency pick-ups throughout the farms of the San Luis Valley

Find available Grants and funding as well as donations from Local community.