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About us

 

Foodshed Alliance is a grassroots cooperative in Central Colorado
 

 
 

Our Vision

Connects, develops and promotes a healthy community by strengthening relationships between local producers and consumers. We aim to educate and expand our authentic, local, agriculture and cottage industry and empower our community to support a thriving, sustainable food system that contributes to the success of a buy-local economy.

Our Mission

Facilitate a thriving local food economy by organizing and promoting Farmers Markets and Vendors. Manage the Farmers Markets in Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. And host ShedFest, a hyper-local, end-of-the-season celebration of the region's talents and bounty.

 
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Our Values

 

Access

We support access to healthy, fresh food for all residents in our community.

Stewardship

We encourage transparency, sustainability and integrity of land, animals, and people.

Community

We promote an inclusive gathering place that celebrates our abundant region.

Partnership

We believe dynamic and collaborative relationships are essential to shared prosperity.

Local

We stimulate local businesses and merchants to foster a stronger, more diverse economy. 

Leadership

We aim to be a leading voice, innovator and public force for Farmers Markets in our region.

 

Board of Directors

Jeanette Libal, President Jeanette Libal aka Madam Pickle grew up in Kansas but has called Buena Vista, home, since 1991. After graduating from Cloud County Community College with an Associate Degree in Travel Tourism/Supervisory Management, Jeanette spent 25 years working in the travel business. In 2005, Jeanette opened Madam Pickle, where she launched her primary product: Sweet & Hot Dill Pickles. Over the last 12-years, Madam Pickle has grown to thirteen different canned pickled products and six dip, and soup mixes. Also, she now serves a variety of ready to eat foods. Her breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy and green chili, have become a popular favorite at the Salida Market, and she plans to expand into crepes at the Buena Vista Market this summer! Favorite Vegetable the Pickle of course Email Jeanette

Jeanette Libal, President

Jeanette Libal aka Madam Pickle grew up in Kansas but has called Buena Vista, home, since 1991. After graduating from Cloud County Community College with an Associate Degree in Travel Tourism/Supervisory Management, Jeanette spent 25 years working in the travel business. In 2005, Jeanette opened Madam Pickle, where she launched her primary product: Sweet & Hot Dill Pickles. Over the last 12-years, Madam Pickle has grown to thirteen different canned pickled products and six dip, and soup mixes. Also, she now serves a variety of ready to eat foods. Her breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy and green chili, have become a popular favorite at the Salida Market, and she plans to expand into crepes at the Buena Vista Market this summer!

Favorite Vegetable the Pickle of course

Email Jeanette

Seth Roberts, Vice-President Seth Roberts graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Soil and Crop Science and continued to explore diversified vegetable production during an internship at Guidestone Farm in Loveland Colorado. He stayed with Guidestone for four more years managing the vegetable production with his wife to be. When that opportunity expired, he and Caitlin moved to Buena Vista, CO and started Weathervane Farm. This year marks the 11th season Weathervane Farm has supplied Chaffee County and surrounding areas with fresh produce and flowers through a CSA share program at farmers markets, restaurants, and natural food stores. Seth has been a board member of the Foodshed Alliance since 2007. Favorite Vegetable Eggplant Email Seth

Seth Roberts, Vice-President

Seth Roberts graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Soil and Crop Science and continued to explore diversified vegetable production during an internship at Guidestone Farm in Loveland Colorado. He stayed with Guidestone for four more years managing the vegetable production with his wife to be. When that opportunity expired, he and Caitlin moved to Buena Vista, CO and started Weathervane Farm. This year marks the 11th season Weathervane Farm has supplied Chaffee County and surrounding areas with fresh produce and flowers through a CSA share program at farmers markets, restaurants, and natural food stores. Seth has been a board member of the Foodshed Alliance since 2007.

Favorite Vegetable Eggplant

Email Seth

Pony Anstine, Secretary Pony Anstine aka Sweet Pea Farm has been a member of Foodshed Alliance since its inception in 2007. She has also been a part of Central Colorado's agricultural community since she moved to Salida in 1999. Bees have always been of great interest to Pony. Even as a child she remembers saving bees from drowning in the kid's pool. She also has fond memories of riding her horses through the bee filled orchards of California; eating fresh fruit from the limbs up high, while her horse ate off the lower branches below. It only makes sense that Pony would continue to promote Colorado’s great produce and the very special High Altitude Wildflower Honey. Favorite Vegetable Carrots! Email Pony  

Pony Anstine, Secretary

Pony Anstine aka Sweet Pea Farm has been a member of Foodshed Alliance since its inception in 2007. She has also been a part of Central Colorado's agricultural community since she moved to Salida in 1999. Bees have always been of great interest to Pony. Even as a child she remembers saving bees from drowning in the kid's pool. She also has fond memories of riding her horses through the bee filled orchards of California; eating fresh fruit from the limbs up high, while her horse ate off the lower branches below. It only makes sense that Pony would continue to promote Colorado’s great produce and the very special High Altitude Wildflower Honey.

Favorite Vegetable Carrots!

Email Pony

 

 
Jim Pizzino, Treasurer As owner and operator of JD4 Beef, a small grass-fed beef purveyor located in Salida, Colorado; Jim has always had a love and passion for agriculture. He has spent his life learning animal husbandry, farming, gardening, and how to bring those products to the table. Jim is also active in canning, sausage making, winemaking, and fermentation as food preservation. Jim has four children and four grandchildren, and for the Pizzino's, it is a family affair; almost everybody is involved both on the Ranch and at Market. Jim loves attending Market, as much as he loves Cattle Ranching, helping to promote local food production and being involved with grassroots entrepreneurs is very rewarding. Favorite Vegetable Eggplant Email Jim

Jim Pizzino, Treasurer

As owner and operator of JD4 Beef, a small grass-fed beef purveyor located in Salida, Colorado; Jim has always had a love and passion for agriculture. He has spent his life learning animal husbandry, farming, gardening, and how to bring those products to the table. Jim is also active in canning, sausage making, winemaking, and fermentation as food preservation. Jim has four children and four grandchildren, and for the Pizzino's, it is a family affair; almost everybody is involved both on the Ranch and at Market. Jim loves attending Market, as much as he loves Cattle Ranching, helping to promote local food production and being involved with grassroots entrepreneurs is very rewarding.

Favorite Vegetable Eggplant

Email Jim

Leah Underwood Leah graduated from Western State College with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics. She is a 20+ year resident of Chaffee County and has been involved with local food since 2010. She is the Owner of Divine Fruits, an heirloom produce company, and past farmers market vendor. Leah currently works in accounting, specialized in local small businesses and organizations with agricultural/environmental pursuits. Favorite Vegetable Brussels Sprout Email Leah    

Leah Underwood

Leah graduated from Western State College with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics. She is a 20+ year resident of Chaffee County and has been involved with local food since 2010. She is the Owner of Divine Fruits, an heirloom produce company, and past farmers market vendor. Leah currently works in accounting, specialized in local small businesses and organizations with agricultural/environmental pursuits.

Favorite Vegetable Brussels Sprout

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Jenna Mazzucca Jenna Mazzucca was raised in Salida. She graduated from Salida High School in 2001 and attended New York University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude. In 2008 she graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law. After practicing in Denver as an insurance defense attorney, she returned to Salida in 2012 to open her law firm, which focuses on estate planning, probate, small business planning, and civil litigation. She also practices in child welfare law and serves the courts as a child and family investigator. She has enjoyed her return to Salida and loves spending time in the outdoors with her husband and two sons. Her family enjoys gardening, raising chickens and learning more about local, sustainable food. Favorite Vegetable Orange Carrots Email Jenna  

Jenna Mazzucca

Jenna Mazzucca was raised in Salida. She graduated from Salida High School in 2001 and attended New York University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude. In 2008 she graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law. After practicing in Denver as an insurance defense attorney, she returned to Salida in 2012 to open her law firm, which focuses on estate planning, probate, small business planning, and civil litigation. She also practices in child welfare law and serves the courts as a child and family investigator. She has enjoyed her return to Salida and loves spending time in the outdoors with her husband and two sons. Her family enjoys gardening, raising chickens and learning more about local, sustainable food.

Favorite Vegetable Orange Carrots

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our story

 

Founding Members


Suzanne Ward

David Ward

William Gardiner

Seth Roberts

Beki Javernick

Byron Shelton

Lori Boydston

History

With a vision woven from the Valley’s rich agricultural landscape, Foodshed Alliance started as single seed before becoming an abundant and interconnected system where each piece is as important as the last.

Foodshed Alliance sprouted in 2007 with the support from dedicated local citizens, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and a USDA Rural Economic Development Grant. Today, Foodshed Alliance represents dozens of local food producers and artisans within a 100-mile radius of Chaffee County, Colorado and supports a local food guide and thriving Farmers Marketsin Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. Foodshed Alliance also throws ShedFest—the regions annual farm-to-fork harvest celebration.

Food for thought
 

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The earth is self-fulfilling, the earth is self-nourishing, and the earth is self-educating.”
— Suzanne Ward, Founder, Foodshed Alliance
 
 

Considered one of Colorado’s most breathtaking regions, The Arkansas River Valley is home to expansive ranches and farmland. With its abundant resources, fresh water and mild climate, Foodshed Alliance’s earliest founders recognized the valley’s potential for supporting a local food economy.

Experience the Arkansas River Valley and its local food systems at a Foodshed Alliance Farmers Market. With two locations—Buena Vista and Salida—Foodshed Alliance Farmers Markets showcase and complement some of Chaffee County’s most vibrant communities.