East Side Grocery Store
Residents of Pueblo — particularly East Side residents - are invited to a public forum on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Lucero Library. The invitation is extended and presented by E.A.S.T., a local non-profit with a Board of Directors, which includes forum organizer Tom Carrigan. The discussion will focus on the East Side's need for a grocery store and what can be done about it. City Council Representative of the East Side and representatives of city fire and police services, Urban Renewal, and PEDCO have been invited. Pueblo County Commissioners also are welcome. If you have any ideas but cannot attend the forum or if you have any questions or comments, please contact either Tom Carrigan at 719-281-4283 or Cynthia Rand at 719-314-6090.
A Grocery Store in Downtown Pueblo
NeighborWorks Southern Colorado (NWSoCo), parent non-profit of LocalFood Pueblo (LFP), has acquired the old Clark's building (a.k.a. the Western Store) on the corner of Main Street and 3rd Street. The property is undergoing renovations over the next couple of years and is being dubbed "The Main Street Project". The upper level of the building will be residential units and the bottom part will be commercial lease units. Like the East Side, downtown Pueblo is located in a food desert. Because of this, NWSoCo and LFP would like a small local grocery store to reside in one of commercial spaces of the building. If you or someone you know is interested in making this a reality and helping people in and near downtown Pueblo have better access to healthy, fresh food please, contact Frank Cordova via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 719-423-4642.
Community/School Garden Meet-up
LocalFood Pueblo and the CSU Extension Office of Pueblo County are bringing together community and school garden leaders throughout Pueblo County at the CSU Extension office of Pueblo County at 701 Court St, Suite C on Monday, October 16 at 6 PM. Leaders of existing community and school gardens as well as any serious prospective leaders of garden communities in Pueblo County are welcome to attend the gathering. The gardens attendees represent can be large or small and sponsored by a community of faith, a nonprofit, or simply a group of community members. To RSVP or for more information please email (preferred) or call Frank Cordova at email@example.com or 719-423-4642 with questions or information about yourself and the garden you lead.
Healthy Food and Beverage Grant Project
It isn't the latest news, but in case you missed it, the Pueblo City-County Health Department and partners have undertaken a project to help residents of and visitors to Pueblo identify healthy foods and beverages at a glance. This especially is a great option for many people who have limited mobility or ability to purchase from farmers markets or local farm stands. For more information please visit the Pueblo City-County Health Department web page on the program and/or read the Pueblo Chieftain Article about it.
Fall Gardening is Possible
Sherie Caffey, Horticulture Coordinator of CSU Extension Office of Pueblo County
There is still time to do some fall gardening before temperatures get too low. Look at the days to harvest on any plant that you are looking to grow. Add about 7-10 days to that to account for seed germination and harvest. If that amount of days is before our average first frost date, you can still grow it! Some crops can take a light frost. Our average first frost in Pueblo is usually somewhere around October 15. Some examples include: kohlrabi, radish, spinach, turnips, and parsnips. Make sure it is a cold hardy crop. Happy Fall Gardening!
End of Summer 2017
We apologize for not sending a newsletter in July or August. It's been a very busy summer. We hope that you've had a great one! September might be the biggest month for local food events! Please continue on to the Local Events section below for a listing of events in September and beyond.