Bringing as much fresh, local homemade, and organic food into school meals as possible.

Reconnecting kids to the land by teaching kids what good, nutritious food tastes like, why it is good for them, where it comes from, and how it is grown.

Through partnerships with youth service organizations we  offer rewarding experiences for at-risk and low-income youth, as well as aspiring leaders

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We utilize, teach, and promote organic, sustainable growing methods to produce food , create and preserve green space in residential areas, improve soils, and provide habitats for birds and pollinators. The gardens provide opportunities for community members to engage in food production, strengthen life skills, practice land stewardship, build connections within the community, and become more food-secure.                                          learn more >

Working to address low-income food needs, which are not just about getting food, but getting the right foods, and knowing what to do with them. Helping community members access affordable, fresh, nutritious food that is regionally based and sustainably produced.

Developing and supporting activities that build individual and community self-reliance, foster social justice, promote cultural integration, and preserve farmable land.                                               learn more >



National Farm to School Month

Oct 8

National Walk / Bike to School Day who walk or bike today will get a fresh, organic apples form Mountain Roots!

Sundays in September | noon

Garden Tours

[Elk Avenue Garden]

Join our gardeners for a 30 minute tour and discussion about the many features and plants growing in our cold-climate, small-space, high-yield organic garden.

Thursday Sept 4  | 5-7 pm

[Bill’s Park at 14th & Georgia]

Gunnison Gardeners Harvest Party  a potluck dinner party to celebrate a great growing season!

Saturday Sept 6  | 9am -1 pm

Gunnison Farmer’s Market

visit our booth for sustainable gifts and program info

Sunday Sept 7  | 3 pm

Sustainable Living Short Course:  "Climate Extenders: Making Our Short Growing Season Last”  with Robert Johnson

CB Farmers Market  | 10-2

visit our booth for sustainable gifts and program info

Thurs Sept 11  | 5-7 pm

Back to School Nights at CBCS

Visit our table to learn more about Farm to School, healthy school lunches, environmental ed, school gardens, and how to become an active volunteer.

Friday Sept 19  | TBD

Headwaters Conference (WSCU)  Garden Tours

travel by bicycle to visit a dozen vibrant gardens Gunnison info>

Sept 26-28

CB Film Festival

Check out GMO OMG and other great films!  Find screening times & locations >

more  events>        PO Box 323 Gunnison, CO 81230

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Simply providing occasional fresh food is not enough to create lasting changes in the health of our children, area farms, our community, local economy, and the environment.  We use and teach life skills to reconnect people with their food and the  land to build food security for people of all ages in all economic groups. We  create and support programs which connect classroom studies with hands-on experiences, offering dynamic, life-long education which fosters sustainable living and makes teaching and  learning come alive.

Volunteering with Mountain Roots Food Project is a way to give back to the community, share the camaraderie of like-minded folks, learn new skills, practice what you know, celebrate the seasons, and have a lot of fun!  Our volunteers are all ages, and come from all walks of life. Some Mountain Roots volunteers are one-time-only folks, come come once a week, some volunteer from home doing ‘background’ work like writing articles or graphic design, and others are on-call for special projects like cooking for an event or building a tool shed. We’re always open to new ideas - many of our projects are started by a volunteer with a great idea and the willingness to lead a new project.

Our volunteers also receive an abundance of fresh, local, organic food during the growing season.


volunteer in our gardens

We are Community Supported and Volunteer Powered!   So many people play a role in putting our projects into action. Our work would not be possible without the on-going support of community partners, generous funding from individuals and businesses and grants,  and our volunteers. Please take a minute while you’re here and check out all the people who are building the local food systems with us.

Mountain Roots always has positions for volunteer leaders and interns.  Our paid positions are very limited - each program is run by a part-time program coordinator and many, many volunteers.  We have one annual position for an Americorps VISTA, and we pay stipends for garden plot field managers and provide free training and continuing education. Every spring we hire up to four environmental educators to lead our summer camp programs. Please read descriptions thoroughly and we welcome you to contact us about any of the upcoming openings.    

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art, design, marketing, empty bowls

Get Involved


come to our thinking & planning meetings, or lead a new project


we need you!


volunteer at the farmer’s market


cook for events or for F2S kids


volunteer with Farm to School


Community Food System Intern Open: Rolling applications.

Urban Farming Internship - a paid 18-week  summer internship with an educational award. APPLICATIONS CLOSED, deadline 4/15/14.

Garden Plot Field Managers [seasonal]  - APPLICATIONS CLOSED. Deadline 4/15/14.

Environmental Educators for Summer Camps  - APPLICATIONS CLOSED. Deadline 4/15/14.

Click on position names, or go to “WORK WITH US” to read positions descriptions and to download applications.

What do YOU like to do?  Open the door of possibility ...       Contact us to learn more about these options or to share your idea.


help with our seasonal local foods dinners and other fun events

Your support makes our work possible.  When you make a donation to Mountain Roots, you know that you’re helping to build food security for nearly 10,000 Valley residents. You’re helping improve school meals for 1,200 kids, and helping to build a network of gardens across the Valley that provide food for the people. We triple the value of every dollar with in-kind donations  and over 5,000 volunteer hours. 

Giving has never been easier  -   make a secure on-line donation right now  >


When your business chooses to become a garden, project, or event sponsor, you send a positive message to the community that you are a business that supports sustainable agriculture, local food, healthy kids, food security, and a vibrant community. People support businesses that support green, community-building efforts like ours.

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Start a cycle of positive change by helping others this holiday season. When you give to Mountain Roots, the giving spirit grows exponentially with each person it impacts. Choose a meaningful gift for loved one that can help children and families in Gunnison Valley build self-sufficiency, food security, and preserve the natural environment we love.

View our holiday gift catalog and other giving options >

This year, hold on to your roots but change your perspective. Give a gift to the community.

Native Pollinator Housing

Cold Climate Fruit Tree

Magical Children’s Garden

+12 other “forever’

   gifts that have a 

   lasting impact

Giving Garden Family  Starter Box