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About us

 

Foodshed Alliance is a grassroots cooperative Non-Profit 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

 
Seth Roberts, 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, 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

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

Jenna Mazzucca, Vice-President  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, Vice-President

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

David Kephart, Board Member  Raised on classic Southern cooking in Kentucky/Tennessee, David found a whole new world of food existed when he first entered a natural food store in his early 20s. Fresh off a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Tennessee, he made his way up to Juneau, Alaska where he worked for a youth conservation corp for two years. His next stint was a few years in the L.A. area working for the Wilderness Institute leading outdoor education programs. Oxford, Mississippi was David’s next stop where he earned a MBA from the University of MS. With the seeds of business ownership being sown, David decided to get some practical experience working for Wild Oats Market in Albuquerque, Denver, and Boulder, for about three years. David’s wife (and childhood sweetheart) Laura also worked at Wild Oats for the same period of time until they realized they craved the small-town pace of life and mountain living. Salida was an obvious choice for the Kepharts. David and Laura founded Simple Foods Market in July 2002. His passion for unadulterated, small-batch food continues to this day. Outside of work, David is likely to be found on the rivers, slopes, trails, and maybe even a stage playing music.  Favorite Vegetable - Vidalia Onions

David Kephart, Board Member

Raised on classic Southern cooking in Kentucky/Tennessee, David found a whole new world of food existed when he first entered a natural food store in his early 20s. Fresh off a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Tennessee, he made his way up to Juneau, Alaska where he worked for a youth conservation corp for two years. His next stint was a few years in the L.A. area working for the Wilderness Institute leading outdoor education programs. Oxford, Mississippi was David’s next stop where he earned a MBA from the University of MS. With the seeds of business ownership being sown, David decided to get some practical experience working for Wild Oats Market in Albuquerque, Denver, and Boulder, for about three years. David’s wife (and childhood sweetheart) Laura also worked at Wild Oats for the same period of time until they realized they craved the small-town pace of life and mountain living. Salida was an obvious choice for the Kepharts. David and Laura founded Simple Foods Market in July 2002. His passion for unadulterated, small-batch food continues to this day. Outside of work, David is likely to be found on the rivers, slopes, trails, and maybe even a stage playing music.

Favorite Vegetable - Vidalia Onions

Leah Underwood, Secretary  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, Secretary

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

Max Keller, Board Member  Born and raised in Minnesota and grew up in North Carolina while attending UNC-Asheville. Thirteen years in college and all he has to show for it is a bachelor’s degree. Subscribing to the Mark Twain quote, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education,” He's made, sold, welded, built, caught, taught, trapped, trained, tagged, bagged, assisted, instructed, consulted, cleaned, chopped, cooked, represented, ushered, guarded, guided, led, read, even put preschoolers to bed.  He likes to play outside, run, boat, jump, fly, float, make art, make music, watch, wonder, grow, explore, climb trees, climb rocks, laugh, love, cry, smile, share, skip, splash, surf, swing, swim and swear that he's living the life…wanna go ride bikes? He loves to learn, looks to grow, seeks to share and hopes to inspire others along the way.  Favorite Vegetable - the one I'm about to eat   Email Max

Max Keller, Board Member

Born and raised in Minnesota and grew up in North Carolina while attending UNC-Asheville. Thirteen years in college and all he has to show for it is a bachelor’s degree. Subscribing to the Mark Twain quote, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education,” He's made, sold, welded, built, caught, taught, trapped, trained, tagged, bagged, assisted, instructed, consulted, cleaned, chopped, cooked, represented, ushered, guarded, guided, led, read, even put preschoolers to bed.

He likes to play outside, run, boat, jump, fly, float, make art, make music, watch, wonder, grow, explore, climb trees, climb rocks, laugh, love, cry, smile, share, skip, splash, surf, swing, swim and swear that he's living the life…wanna go ride bikes? He loves to learn, looks to grow, seeks to share and hopes to inspire others along the way.

Favorite Vegetable - the one I'm about to eat

Email Max

 

Board of Directors & Staff Caricatures created by, local artoonist, | Nathanael Calderone learn more at Naters Art & @naters.art

 

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our team

 
 
Ashley Ahlene, General Manager  Ashley was born and raised in Colorado and has proudly called Chaffee County home for over a decade. She grew up as a 4-H kid and loves the Arkansas Valley for its value in agriculture, open space and a strong sense of community. Ashley has an affinity for entrepreneurship, small business, and local food. She remembers the excitement of being a customer at the very first Farmers Market in 2007, severed on the Board of Directors in 2016 and has been managing Foodshed Alliance since 2017. Next time you are at the market, stop by the green tent and say hi to Ashley.  Favorite Vegetable potatoes   Email Ashley

Ashley Ahlene, General Manager

Ashley was born and raised in Colorado and has proudly called Chaffee County home for over a decade. She grew up as a 4-H kid and loves the Arkansas Valley for its value in agriculture, open space and a strong sense of community. Ashley has an affinity for entrepreneurship, small business, and local food. She remembers the excitement of being a customer at the very first Farmers Market in 2007, severed on the Board of Directors in 2016 and has been managing Foodshed Alliance since 2017. Next time you are at the market, stop by the green tent and say hi to Ashley.

Favorite Vegetable potatoes

Email Ashley

Josh Henroid, Market Assistant  Josh relocated to Buena Vista with his wife, Jessica, in January of 2018, after spending the better part of a year traveling the western United States in their 4X4 campervan having adventures and searching for the perfect place to put down roots. Since then, he has been immersing himself in the local health food movement, working at local health food markets, Weathervane Farm and has ambitions of opening his own health food store.  Prior to relocating to BV, Josh spent the preceding 10 years working in law enforcement as a Missouri State Park Ranger and is an Army veteran of the Iraq War. In addition to promoting health through food, Josh is also a personal trainer and enjoys everything from kayaking to weightlifting in his free time. If you see Josh at the market don’t hesitate to say hello.  Favorite Vegetable - Beets   Email Josh

Josh Henroid, Market Assistant

Josh relocated to Buena Vista with his wife, Jessica, in January of 2018, after spending the better part of a year traveling the western United States in their 4X4 campervan having adventures and searching for the perfect place to put down roots. Since then, he has been immersing himself in the local health food movement, working at local health food markets, Weathervane Farm and has ambitions of opening his own health food store.

Prior to relocating to BV, Josh spent the preceding 10 years working in law enforcement as a Missouri State Park Ranger and is an Army veteran of the Iraq War. In addition to promoting health through food, Josh is also a personal trainer and enjoys everything from kayaking to weightlifting in his free time. If you see Josh at the market don’t hesitate to say hello.

Favorite Vegetable - Beets

Email Josh

 

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.

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

farmers markets

 
 

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.