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Despite being winter there are a lot of local food related events in January and February.
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It's been a roller coaster winter so far.

Pueblo and much of Southeastern Colorado has gone through cycles of warm and cold this winter. We had a blast of snow last week, but mild temperatures have returned. Winter is far from over, but the sun and warm weather has many already planning for spring gardening and summer farm stands and farmers markets.
 

Heroes Gardens progress is growing!

At the end of December LocalFood Pueblo (LFP) learned that is to be awarded a grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation by way of its parent nonprofit NeighborWorks of Pueblo to support Heroes Gardens in Pueblo schools. Also in December we received a donation of seeds from Farm Direct Organic Seed for Heroes Gardens. LFP is finalizing Heroes Garden sponsorship levels for local business to support Heroes Gardens as well. Finally, a few schools may soon need some help from somebody that has basic video capturing/editing equipment and skills. If you might be able to help, please email LFP at info@lfpueblo.org.


Community Gardens survey status update

We've been mostly silent about this in 2016, but another one of our projects has been to survey the existing school and community gardens in Pueblo. We have received responses from a dozen thus far and are awaiting responses from another dozen or so. It would seem that garden leaders have gone into hibernation for the winter. Maybe now that the holidays are over we can awaken them from their slumber. If anybody knows of a community garden leader who has not completed our survey, please give them the following link or have them contact us via email at info@lfpueblo.org or phone at 719-423-4642:
http://tinyurl.com/lfpgsurvey-2016


Reminder about the LocalFood Mobile App

Very soon we will begin working with students and staff at the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University-Pueblo to build the mobile and web app that will make finding local food in Pueblo easy! At this time we do not have a date when the app will be available to the public, but we hope to have something by June 2017. Also, our end of the year fundraiser raised $745 to go toward development of the App. Thanks again to everybody who pitched in and spread the word!

Upcoming Events!

There's a lot happening this month including an event hosted by LocalFood Pueblo tomorrow, January 12, at 6:30 PM. It is the first event listed below. Additionally, the Cheese Making Class registration deadline also is tomorrow, January 12. Please plan to attend what you can and spread the word to friends and family.
  • Title: Growing Greener Schools Documentary Viewing
    When: Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (2 hours long)
    Location: Pueblo City-County Library District - Rawlings (Main) Branch, 100 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004, USA (Map)
    Description:
    A showing of the PBS documentary film "Growing Greener Schools" at the Infozone Theater at the Rawlings Library hosted by LocalFood Pueblo. The film highlights school gardens and teaching children and teenage students about such subjects as recycling, energy efficiency, and more.
  • Title: Cheese Making: Intro to Soft Cheeses
    When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 hours long)
    Location: CSU Extension - Pueblo County 701 Court St Suite C Pueblo, CO 81003 (Map)
    Description:
    Making Cheese at home is simple and fun! You will learn:
    * Equipment needed to make soft cheese
    * Ingredients needed and where to find them
    * The cheese making process
    * Recipes you can use at home

    Following the presentation, sample some homemade cheese by CSU Extension Agents, Laura Krause and Briana Rockler.

    Cost of the class is $25 and must be received by January 12, 2017. Make checks payable to Extension Program Fund or sign up at the Eventbrite site online linked at the page below:
    http://pueblo.extension.colostate.edu/cheese-making
  • Title: Forks over Knives - Documentary Viewing
    When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 hours long)
    Location: Pueblo City-County Library District - Rawlings (Main) Branch, 100 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004, USA (Map)
    Description:
    Join the plant based certified Parkview Mobile Nurses to watch the documentary film Forks Over Knives. Researchers explore how changing your food can change your health.
    This movie could change your life.

    Facebook event address:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1361732857204222/
  • Title: All Pueblo Grows Seed Exhange
    When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (2 hours long)
    Location: Pueblo City-County Library District - Rawlings (Main) Branch, 100 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004, USA (Map)
    Description:
    Join in the All Pueblo Grows Seed Library exchange meeting at 9:30 AM on Saturday, January 28.
  • Title: Botanical Bash 2017 - First Planning Meeting
    When: Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 hour long)
    Location: The Daily Grind - The Hanging Tree Cafe, 209 S Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003, USA (Map)
    Description:
    Join crew and community and the Daily Grind (Hanging Tree Cafe) at the first Spring 2017 Botanical Bash planning meeting. This will be the third year of the community garden at the Daily Grind. The 2017 Botanical Bash and the growing season is sure to be a huge success. Events planners, gardeners, and more are welcome. See you there!
  • Title: 2017 Kids in the Kitchen
    When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (3 hours long)
    Location: 900 W Orman Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004, USA  (Map)
    Description:
    At Pueblo Joe's on the PCC Campus, 900 W Orman Ave, lower level of PCC Student Center

    Join us from 11-2 at Pueblo Community College for Kids in the Kitchen which is a free event for families to learn about healthy eating habits and staying physically active.

    Facebook event page:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1170997516289072/

    Website event page:
    https://www.jlofpueblo.org/kids_in_the_kitchen/
That's it for this edition of the LocalFood Pueblo newsletter. We hope to see or hear from you soon. Keep warm and healthy!
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