Mountain Roots Food Project

A nonprofit organization

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$50,000 Goal

You already know that the benefits of eating locally-grown, nutrient-dense food are far-reaching. When you donate, you make an impact on the developing brains and bodies of local kids, the wellbeing of families, and the health of our rivers and mountains.


"Helping get the most beautiful, locally-grown, organic food to a community so excited to have it is wonderful. I also love supporting an organization doing such incredible work with my time and energy." - Sue W., regular volunteer
"I have a hard time budgeting on Social Security and the fresh food donations to me from the garden was a big help with my grocery bill." Elaine C., Backyard Harvest recipient
"I am so excited to incorporate the school garden into my curriculum! We took a tour of the garden on the first week of school and I was so energized by the excitement and conversation the garden created. Just last week, I watched a student that struggles in the classroom excel during our first lesson outside. It was a joy to see this student become the leader and the one with the knowledge that other students admired." - Renne B., secondary science teacher


The mission of Mountain Roots Food Project is to cultivate a resilient and equitable food system in the Gunnison Valley of Colorado by enhancing healthy connections between food, earth, and community. We foster knowledge, teach skills, and provide opportunities that ensure access to affordable, nutritious food that is regionally based and sustainably produced.

Background Statement

Mountain Roots is a community-driven grass roots food systems initiative that started in 2010. We have grown rapidly in response to enthusiastic support from our community, built strong partnerships, and are considered the leading local food /sustainable agriculture initiative in Gunnison County. The programs and activities of Mountain Roots promote the holistic role that food plays in creating a healthy society on both a community and individual level, including: building community; developing capacity; enhancing individual, community and environmental health; supporting cultural integration and educational growth; fostering social justice; raising awareness and illustrating the community benefits of the growing, harvesting, preparation and serving of food. In pursuing these activities, Mountain Roots will impact on the public's understanding of the value of sustainable agriculture, community food systems, and their part in sustaining community.We now manage six community gardens throughout Gunnison County, run a district-wide Farm to School program serving 2,000 Pre-K through college youth. From our 2014 Community Food Assessment, we designed several programs that are targeted access strategies for low-income and food insecure residents, including Backyard Harvest, Cooking Matters, and SNAP+. In 2016, we launched a Multi-Farmer CSA, which provides markets for new and emerging farmers in the valley and brings fresh local food into 80 households each year.

Organization Data


Organization name

Mountain Roots Food Project

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Organization Size

Large Organization


107 E. Georgia Ave, 3B
Gunnison, CO 81230


PO Box 323
Gunnison, CO 81230


47068 E Hwy 50
Gunnison, CO 81230

Service areas

Gunnison County, CO, US



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