The mission of Local Food Alliance is to educate, connect and collaborate with individuals, organizations, and businesses to bring locally and regionally grown food to our community.
We envision a thriving community where people are nourished by fresh locally and regionally grown food every day.
Community-based food systems strengthen rural economies, enhance the health of individuals and communities, and promote fair labor practices, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. Benefits include:
Increasing viability of family farmers
Preserving farmland for future generations
Enhancing quality of food, place, and life
Reducing the carbon footprint of your plate
Protecting air, water, and biodiversity
See our downloadable "Why Local Food?" PDF here.
Local and regional food is a powerful lever of change for the individual, economic, and environmental health of the Wood River Valley.
Local Food Alliance plays a crucial and often behind-the-scenes role in driving our local food movement. The coordination and support that we provide to farmers, restaurants, schools, organizations, businesses, and individuals is aimed at creating the change needed to achieve a resilient community food system.
Through our initiatives, LFA works to identify, develop and facilitate effective solutions for our community. As we increase demand for locally and regionally grown food, we simultaneously strive to make it more available and accessible for residents of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Changing our food system is no easy feat. But it is critical to combat local and global problems including obesity and diabetes, food insecurity, animal mistreatment, environmental degradation, and climate change.
Served to Wood River Valley students in 2017
Through one annual Hemingway FarmRai$er
Procured from family farms at our 2018 events
We love working together to create a resilient local and regional food system.
In 2016, we joined foces with with Sun Valley Institute (SVI) in an effort to harness our collective power and expand our reach. SVI builds lasting quality of place by advancing economic, ecological and social resilience, pioneering transformative solutions and catalyzing global and local collaboration.Learn More
We currently have more than 12 initiatives flourishing in our community that support our mission.
Your contribution will support our projects (farm-to-school food, edible gardening, food financing) and our community education and outreach (Local Food Event Calendar, film screenings, newspaper columns, local impact investing workshop). Contact Ali to learn more.
We need volunteers to help us put on our local events, distribute food, or work with schools. Contact Ali or Stacy if you'd like to be added to our volunteer list.
From cooking and canning to graphic design and photography, your skills can help further the effort to create a healthy local food system in the Wood River Valley. Contact us if you have a particular skill that you would like to contribute.
We'd love to hear from you! Use our contact form on the left or, if you prefer, send an email or even a letter.
There are many ways to support our work and make a difference, from making a financial gift to volunteering at our annual Wood River Valley HarvestFest events.
Local Food Alliance
c/o Sun Valley Institute
P.O. Box 5569
Ketchum, ID 83340