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District ONE hosts meeting of the Colorado Food Policy Network at Washington Underground

WALSENBURG — Local food producers met with members of the Colorado Food Policy Network (COFPN) Tuesday at Washington Underground to discuss the future of local and regional food systems in Colorado. Thirty policy makers joined together to present their common concerns about the status of regional food systems and to gain insights into what methods work to promote local foods. Local farmers Joni Steiner and Carter Morris of Earth Mountain Education Farm in Las Animas County and Brian Rosino of District ONE (Organizing a New Economy) in Walsenburg, shared their perspectives on local farming and promotion of local food in southern Colorado with the diverse group of food advocates from all over the state. Representatives from Yuma to La Plata were on hand as well as food leaders from urban areas like Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver. COFPN chose to hold one of their two conferences (the other is being held in Rifle later this week) in Walsenburg because of the work being done by Rosino and LiveWell Huerfano County tobring local food back into the economy of Huerfano County and the surrounding area. District ONE has several small farms in Walsenburg and has the lease from RE-1 for the commercial kitchen at Washington Underground. Rosino and District ONE also plan to open ONE Table, a farm to table restaurant in downtown Walsenburg this fall in the old Blue Rooster building. The group was treated to a delicious breakfast and lunch prepared by District ONE from local food and took a walking tour of the farm on Russell Avenue and downtown Walsenburg. Many of the visitors had never been to Walsenburg or to Huerfano County and they expressed great interest in the work being done here to “Organize a New Economy” based on agriculture.