PO Box 323 Gunnison, CO 81230

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 >



June 9  |  9 - 4

Schoolyard Habitats & Flying Wild!  teacher training

June 28  |  4-6 p.m.

Culinary & Medicinal Herbs


Summer Environmental Education programs for kids ages K-12

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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. Every spring we hire up to four environmental educators and up to four garden coordinators to manage our urban gardens.  Student-centered Internships build capacity for the organization and activate change in the community more quickly by putting projects in motion that would otherwise be on the back burner waiting for funding or staff to lead them.   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



Urban Garden Coordinator [2 openings, part time, seasonal]  APPLICATIONS OPEN. Deadline 2/27/15.

Environmental Educators  [4 openings, 3/4 time ]   APPLICATIONS OPEN. Deadline 2/27/15.

Food Systems - Sustainable Ag Program Assistant  [1 opening  - full time] APPLICATIONS OPEN. DEADLINE 2/21/15.


Urban Agriculture Internship - a paid 28-week  summer internship with an educational award.             OPEN. Deadline 2/27/15.

Farm to School Program Intern - Local Food focus or Environmental Education focus.  OPEN. Rolling applications.

PR - Marketing -Communications Internship (2)  one semester: spring, summer, of fall, for credit.    OPEN: rolling applications

Business Venture / Entrepreneur Internship (2) one semester: spring, summer, of fall, for credit.      OPEN: rolling applications

Community Food System Intern -  semester or year-long opportunities  OPEN: Rolling applications.

Please 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. 

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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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We make every dollar have a big impact.

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Our Mountain Roots Annual Report 2014 is now available for viewing or download. Thank you, donors and sponsors, for your support of a successful year.



all welcome !  all summer!

Elk Avenue Garden

Tuesdays / Fridays,  10 a.m.

Giving Garden at Bill’s Park

Tuesdays,  5 p.m.

Crested Butte Community School

Thursdays, 5 p.m.

Gunnison Community School

Mondays & Tuesdays  at  Noon

  1. *no experience necessary

  2. *all ages welcome

  3. *water & tools provided

  4. *no dogs, please!                    read more >


We’re off to a great growing season and need your support to produce 6,000 pound of food for our community !

Show the community you and your business care about building a greener, more  sustainable community.

Sponsor a Garden for $250, $500, $1,000, or $2,500 .

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